WVU Topples Lock Haven

By Steve Stone
WVU Sports Information Office

February 3, 2008

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia University wrestling team earned their third straight victory after defeating Eastern Wrestling League opponent Lock Haven, 30-6, on Sunday, Feb. 3, at the Coliseum.

The Mountaineers (6-3, 3-0) won eight of 10 matches and thoroughly dominated the Bald Eagles (7-6, 1-3) throughout the contest. Earning substantial victories for WVU were junior Jared Garvin (133) and freshman Stephen Waite (141). Garvin scored a 7-5 decision over Lock Haven’s Billy Ashnault after garnering five points in the third period along with 1:51 riding time.

Waite got his second win as a Mountaineer after shutting out Owen Wilkinson in an 8-0 major decision. Waite scored on a takedown in the second period followed by two more near fall points, and earned another two back points in the third period to seal the victory.

No. 12 ranked Jared Villers (197) had the most thorough win of the afternoon after beating Ben Hepburn in a 17-0 technical fall that ended in 4:51. Villers scored 15 back points during the match, and improves to 13-2 overall while remaining undefeated in dual matches.

Junior Chance Litton (174) also earned an impressive win by dismantling Mike Metzger in a 16-2 decision. Litton originally won by technical fall after scoring three near fall points as time expired, but the ruling was reduced to two points to give Litton a 16-2 major decision. Litton also scored 4:09 riding time as he controlled the match from the beginning.

No. 18 Zac Fryling (157) registered 10 takedowns in a 21-11 major decision over John Mangini. Fryling improves to 9-4 overall and holds a four-match winning streak.

Heavyweight Dustin Rogers ended the meet by defeating Dan Craig in a 19-7 major decision. Rogers earned nine points during the first period to set the tone, while getting 2:03 riding time.

Junior Kurt Brenner (184) is now 8-1 in dual matches after decisioning Jeremie Cook, 7-5, in what proved to be a close contest at the end. Brenner led 7-2 through two periods before giving up three points in the third, but still hung on to garner his tenth victory of the season.

Donnie Jones (165) came out aggressive and controlled his match throughout, defeating Derek Caldwell in an 11-5 decision. The victory gives Jones a 3-0 mark in EWL play as WVU prepares for rivals Pitt and Edinboro in the coming weeks.

The Mountaineers will wrestle in their fourth and final home match of the season against Pitt in the EWL version of the “Backyard Brawl.” The match will take place on Friday, Feb. 8, at 7:30 p.m at the Coliseum.

WVU-30 Lock Haven 6
125: John Trumbetti (LOCK) DEC Kyle Turnbull (WVU), 7-0
133: Jared Garvin (WVU) DEC Billy Ashnault (LOCK), 7-5
141: Stephen Waite (WVU) MAJOR Owen Wilkinson (LOCK), 8-0
149: Matt Fittery (LOCK) DEC David Jauregui (WVU), 8-2
157: Zac Fryling (WVU) MAJOR John Mangini (LOCK), 21-11
165: Donnie Jones (WVU) DEC Derek Caldwell (LOCK), 11-5
174: Chance Litton (WVU) MAJOR Mike Metzger (LOCK), 16-2
184: Kurt Brenner (WVU) DEC Jeremie Cook (LOCK), 7-5
197: Jared Villers (WVU) TECHNICAL Ben Hepburn (LOCK), 17-0
HWT: Dustin Rogers (WVU) MAJOR Dan Craig (LOCK), 19-7

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