Mountaineers Fall to No. 14 Edinboro

By Steve Stone
WVU Sports Information Office

February 22, 2008

EDINBORO, Pa. – The West Virginia University wrestling team was defeated by No. 14 Edinboro, 21-16, in an Eastern Wrestling League match on Friday, Feb. 22, in Edinboro, Pa.

The Mountaineers (7-5, 3-2 EWL) won four of 10 bouts as they faced their most challenging league opponent of the season in the Fighting Scots (10-3, 5-0 EWL). WVU also fell victim to several close bouts that helped swing the momentum of the match.

Waterford, Pa., native Stephen Waite (141) put WVU on the board with a 10-2 major decision over Edinboro’s Torsten Gillepsie. Waite, who performed in front of several hometown fans, earned 3:29 riding time, including over two minutes in the first period. The freshman scored a key reversal and earned three near fall points in the third period to seal the win and earn his second major decision of the season.

Junior Kurt Brenner (184) scored an 8-5 decision over No. 18 Chris Honeycutt to remain undefeated in EWL action. Brenner had three takedowns in the match, including his final with two seconds remaining to extend his overall record to 13-3.

Jared Villers earned a pin fall over Pat Bradshaw to cut the Edinboro lead to 21-13. Villers trailed 5-3 through two periods until scoring a takedown and an escape in the third period, followed by a pin in 6:23 to garner his 16th win of the season.

No. 20 Dustin Rogers (HWT) scored a 6-5 decision over No. 18 Joey Fendone in the final bout. Rogers garnered two takedowns and a reversal to extend his record to 9-4 overall, and defeated Fendone for the second time in as many matches.

No. 18 Zac Fryling (157) wrestled in a hard-fought match against top-ranked Gregor Gillespie, but fell in a 1-0 decision. Gillespie’s only point came on an escape in the second period in a match where both wrestlers were defensive and limited several shot opportunities.

Donnie Jones’ (165) five-match winning streak was snapped after losing a 6-5 decision to No. 18 Jarrod King. Jones scored a takedown with only seconds left in the first period to tie the match, and earned an escape in the third period to make it 5-5. But King garnered 1:08 riding time to get the win and give Jones his first loss in EWL action.

Chance Litton (174) also fell in a close match, losing to No. 18 Phil Moricone in a 6-4 decision in overtime. Litton started with a 2-0 lead after scoring a takedown in the first period but surrendered a takedown in overtime.

In their final match of the regular season, the Mountaineers head to Ohio to battle EWL foe Cleveland State on Sunday, Feb. 24, at 1 p.m.

Edinboro 21 WVU-16
125: Eric Morril (ED) DEC Kyle Turnbull (WVU), 4-2
133: Ricky Duebel (ED) FALL Jared Garvin (WVU), 4:24
141: Stephen Waite (WVU) MAJOR Torsten Gillepsie (ED), 10-2
149: Daryl Cocozzo (ED) DEC David Jauregui (WVU), 10-5
157: #1 Gregor Gillespie (ED) DEC #18 Zac Fryling (WVU), 1-0
165: #18 Jarrod King (ED) DEC Donnie Jones (WVU), 6-5
174: #18 Phil Moricone (ED) DEC Chance Litton (WVU), 6-4, SV
184: Kurt Brenner (WVU) DEC #18 Chris Honeycutt (ED), 8-5
197: #14 Jared Villers (WVU) FALL Pat Bradshaw (ED), 6:23
HWT: #20 Dustin Rogers (WVU) DEC #18 Joey Fendone (ED), 6-5

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