WVU Finishes Third, Wins Two Titles

By Steve Stone
WVU Sports Information Office

March 8, 2008

PITTSBURGH, Pa. – The West Virginia University wrestling team earned two Eastern Wrestling League championships en route to a third place finish at the EWL Tournament on Saturday, March 8, at Fitzgerald Field House in Pittsburgh, Pa.

The Mountaineers finished with 103.5 points and earned five automatic NCAA qualifying bids. They have two more at-large candidates in Zac Fryling (157) and Dustin Rogers (HWT) who could earn qualifying bids at the wild card selection after finishing fourth and fifth respectively.

Junior Kurt Brenner (184) won his second career EWL title after defeating No. 19 Chris Honeycutt of Edinboro in an 11-7 decision. Brenner, who defeated his opponent for the second time this season, had a big second period in which he garnered five near fall points along with a takedown to pull ahead far enough for the victory. The No. 1 seed in the tournament qualified for his third straight NCAA tournament and looks to earn his first All-American honor.

Jared Villers (197) won his third EWL crown by decisioning Lock Haven’s Ben Hepburn, 1-0. Villers qualified for his fourth NCAA Tournament earlier in the day after scoring a major decision over Clarion’s Jamie Luckett, 10-1. The Akron, Ohio, native becomes the 10th four-time NCAA qualifier in WVU history and is also seeking his first All-American honor.

Chance Litton (174) earned his first NCAA bid but was defeated by No. 1 Keith Gavin of Pitt, 7-3. Litton scored the initial takedown but could not hang on after giving up 1:08 riding time. Litton went 2-1 in the tournament after defeating Mario Morelli of Clarion and No. 18 Phil Moricone of Edinboro.

First-time NCAA qualifier Donnie Jones (165) finished second after falling to Edinboro’s Jarrod King in an 8-5 decision. Jones previously defeated Cleveland State’s Marcus Effner in a 7-4 decision to earn a trip to the NCAA Tournament. The sophomore gives the Mountaineers a representative at the 165-pound weight class after not having one during last season’s NCAA Championships.

David Jauregui (149) earned second place after falling in the championship bout to Edinboro’s Daryl Cocozzo. Jauregui was defeated in a 4-2 decision in pursuit of his first EWL title. He trimmed the deficit to 3-2 after recording a takedown in the second period, but could not muster any more points. The Santa Ana, Calif., native finishes the tournament with a 2-1 mark and an automatic bid to the NCAA Championships.

Freshman Stephen Waite (141) finished the tournament strong by pinning Darren Kern of Bloomsburg in 6:15, giving him third place. After falling behind in riding time during the first period, Waite scored on a reversal then rode his opponent throughout the third period until earning a pin fall.

The Mountaineers will wrap up their season with the NCAA Tournament on March 20-22 at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Mo.

March 9, 2008

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - Seniors Zac Fryling and Dustin Rogers have been selected to compete at the NCAA Championships in St. Louis after earning wild card bids.

The additions of Fryling (157) and Rogers (HWT) give WVU seven NCAA qualifiers, a significant achievement considering the amount of injuries that plagued the Mountaineers this season. The number matches last season's total of NCAA qualifiers as well.


WVU individual results

141: Stephen Waite 3rd
149: David Jauregui 2nd
157: Zac Fryling 4th
165: Donnie Jones 2nd
174: Chance Litton 2nd
184: Kurt Brenner 1st
197: Jared Villers 1st
HWT: Dustin Rogers 5th

First Round
125: Kyle Turnbull (WVU) DEC Jay Ivanco (Clarion), 5-2
133: Rob LaBrake (Clarion) MAJOR Jared Garvin (WVU), 13-1
141: Drew Headlee (Pitt) FALL Stephen Waite (WVU), FALL 6:33
149: David Jauregui (WVU) DEC Joe Ciampoli (Pitt), 5-4
157: Zac Fryling (WVU) FALL Rob Michaels (CSU), 2:20
174: Chance Litton (WVU) MAJOR Mario Morelli (Clarion), 15-7
184: Kurt Brenner (WVU) MAJOR Derek Cummins (CSU), 20-7

Second Round
125: Mike Sees (BLOOM) DEF Kyle Turnbull (WVU), 2:48
133: Rick Deubel (ED) MAJOR Jared Garvin (WVU), 12-4
149: David Jauregui (WVU) DEC Matt Fittery (LH), 8-4
157: Matt Moley (BLOOM) FALL Zac Fryling (WVU), 5:57
165: Donnie Jones (WVU) DEC Marcus Effner (CSU), 7-4
174: Chance Litton (WVU) DEC Phil Moricone (ED), 10-5
184: Kurt Brenner (WVU) MAJOR Chris Honeycutt (ED), 19-5
197: Jared Villers (WVU) MAJOR Jamie Luckett (CLAR), 10-1
HWT: Mike Spaid (BLOOM) DEC Dustin Rogers (WVU), 7-3

Third Round Consolations
125: Ryan Bosso(PITT) FORFEIT Kyle Turnbull (WVU)
141: Stephen Waite (WVU) DEC Mike Hurley (CSU), 11-6
157: Zac Fryling (WVU) FALL Travis Uncapher (Clarion), 4:34
HWT: Joe Fendone (ED) DEC Dustin Rogers (WVU), 4-3

Fourth Round Championships and Consolations
125: John Trumbetti (LH) FORFEIT Kyle Turnbull (WVU)
141: Stephen Waite (WVU) FALL Darren Kern (BLOOM), FALL 6:15
149: Daryl Cocozzo (ED) DEC David Jauregui (WVU), 4-2
157: Matt Kocher (PITT) DEC Zac Fryling (WVU), 2-0
165: Jarrod King (ED) DEC Donnie Jones (WVU), 8-5
174: Keith Gavin (PITT) DEC Chance Litton (WVU), 7-3
184: Kurt Brenner (WVU) DEC Chris Honeycutt (ED), 11-7
197: Jared Villers (WVU) DEC Ben Hepburn (LH), 1-0
HWT: Dustin Rogers (WVU) DEC Roman Husam (CLAR), 9-7

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