WVU Knocks Off Bloomsburg

By Steve Stone
WVU Sports Information Office

January 25, 2008

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia University wrestling team enjoyed their most impressive performance of the season after defeating Bloomsburg, 21-12, on Friday, January 25, at the Coliseum.

The Mountaineers (5-3, 2-0) won the meet despite losing the first three bouts until reeling off six consecutive victories over the Huskies (3-6-1, 0-3), who defeated WVU last season.

The first match brought plenty of excitement as junior Kyle Turnbull (125) nearly upended No. 11 ranked Mike Sees of Bloomsburg, who won in a 15-10 decision. With Sees winning 9-3 heading into the third period, Turnbull scored a reversal late in the match along with three near fall points, but just missed the pin fall as time expired.

David Jauregui (149) put WVU on the board after winning a 3-2 decision over George Hickman. With the match tied 2-2 going into the third period, Jauregui scored on an escape in what proved to be the match-winning point. Without stalling, Jauregui defended his lead for nearly 1:40 to get the win.

The match of the night belonged to the Zac Fryling-Matt Moley bout at 157 pounds, in which No.18 ranked Fryling earned a 3-1 decision in overtime. With the score tied 1-1 going into sudden victory, Fryling scored a takedown over the No. 17 ranked grappler Moley with six seconds left to notch his eighth win of the season as WVU trailed 9-6 through five matches.

Donnie Jones (165) also won a tight contest, earning a come-from-behind 6-5 decision over Bloomsburg’s Rickey Schmelyun. Jones scored on two reversals through two periods until earning a key takedown that enabled him to win despite trailing largely in riding time.

Chance Litton scored a key victory for the Mountaineers, defeating Brian Shaw in a 10-2 major decision to help WVU take the lead, 13-9. Litton scored a decisive takedown with 47 seconds left to make the score 9-2, followed by another point at the end of the match as Litton garnered 3:24 riding time.

Junior Kurt Brenner gave the Mountaineers their fifth straight victory after decisioning Jesse Hasseman, 6-3. The victory improved Brenner’s overall record to 9-3, including 7-1 in dual matches.

Senior Jared Villers provided the most dominating performance and sealed the match for WVU with 47 seconds left in the second period after winning by technical fall, 16-0. Villers now has 12 victories on the season and remains undefeated in dual matches. His victory gave WVU an insurmountable 21-9 lead with only one match left.

The Mountaineers will wrestle in their third straight home match when they take on Lock Haven on Sunday, Feb. 3, at 1 p.m. at the Coliseum.

WVU-21, Bloomsburg-12
125: Mike Sees (BLOOM) DEC Kyle Turnbull (WVU), 15-10
133: Jason Guffey (BLOOM) DEC Jared Garvin (WVU), 10-3
141: Darren Kern (BLOOM) DEC Stephen Waite (WVU), 7-2
149: David Jauregui (WVU) DEC George Hickman (BLOOM), 3-2
157: Zac Fryling (WVU) DEC Matt Moley (BLOOM), 3-1 SV
165: Donnie Jones (WVU) DEC Rickey Schmelyun (BLOOM), 6-5
174: Chance Litton (WVU) MAJOR Brian Shaw (BLOOM), 10-2
184: Kurt Brenner (WVU) DEC Jesse Hasseman (BLOOM), 6-3
197: Jared Villers (WVU) TECHNICAL Eric Shaw (BLOOM), 16-0
HWT: Mike Spaid (BLOOM) DEC Dustin Rogers (WVU), 6-2

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