WVU’s Ryan Takes Sixth Place
By Ira Green
WVU Sports Information Department
PRIMM, Nev. (December 5, 2009) – West Virginia University
redshirt-sophomore wrestler Matt Ryan continued his success on Saturday,
Dec. 5, at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational, earning sixth place at
Ryan’s first match of the day came against Navy’s Andrew Buck. Ryan
earned a quick two points on a double-leg takedown just moments into the
first period. After Buck escaped, the Buck went ahead with a takedown
for a 3-2 lead. Buck, who was accumulating riding time, got too high on
Ryan’s back and the WVU wrestler slid him off and got the reversal. Just
seconds later, Ryan rolled Buck onto his back and got the fall just 2:05
into the match.
Facing No. 1-seed Mike Pucillo of Ohio State in his next match, Ryan
fell behind 2-0, but then went ahead on back-to-back takedowns to finish
the first period ahead, 5-4. Ryan chose the defensive position to start
the second period and Pucillo accumulated the full two minutes of riding
time. Pucillo then chose the down position for the third session and
earned an escape point early in period. At the 5:56 mark, Pucillo was
able to flip Ryan on his back and get the victory by fall.
An Eighty-Four, Pa., native, Ryan would have faced fifth-seeded Steve
Bosak of Cornell for fifth place, but Ryan withdrew with a medical
forfeit and earned sixth place at 184 pounds.
The Mountaineers return to action on Friday, Dec. 11, at home against
No. 15-ranked Penn State. The first bout is set to begin at 8 p.m. ET.
Matt Ryan (WVU) FALL Andrew Buck (Navy), 2:05
(No. 1 seed) Mike Pucillo (Ohio State) FALL Matt Ryan (WVU), 5:56
WVU Battles at Cliff Keen Invitational
By Ira Green
WVU Sports Information Office
PRIMM, Nev. (December 4, 2009) – Four members of the West Virginia University wrestling team won two matches apiece on the first day of the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational on Friday at Star of the Desert Arena. Redshirt sophomore Matt Ryan advances to the second day of the tournament in the 184-pound consolation bracket on Saturday, Dec. 5.
Ryan will face ninth-seed Andrew Buck of Navy Saturday morning.
An Eighty-Four, Pa., native, Ryan pinned his first opponent in 1:14, but lost his second match to fifth-seed Steve Bosak of Cornell. Ryan, however, regained his composure and went on to win three-straight matches, including wins over Oklahoma’s Erich Schmidtke (fall at 4:05) and No. 11-seed Brice Arand of Oregon State (7-3 decision).
Redshirt senior Donnie Jones (165), junior Brandon Williamson (HWT) and redshirt sophomore Ryan Goodman (157) were the other three who won two matches apiece.
Williamson, a No. 6 seed, earned a 4-0 decision over his first opponent, Jim Powers of Cal Poly, and then went on to defeat No. 11-seed Eloheim Palma of NC State, 2-0.
Jones, who was a No. 4 seed, blew through his first two bouts. The Slickville, Pa., native earned a 24-9 technical fall over Drexel’s Alex Rinaldi and then posted a 14-6 major decision over Arizona State’s T. Edwards.
An unseeded wrestler, Goodman went 2-2 at the tournament. He posted victories over Illinois’ Kyle Dooley (6-4) and CSU Pueblo’s Louie DeSantis (10-3).
Redshirt senior Chance Litton (165) was bounced out of the tournament after a pair of close losses. He coasted to a 7-3 decision over Buffalo’s Matt Bogardus and then drew No. 10-seed David Rella of Ohio State. The pair had their fair share of scoring, with the match tied at nine apiece heading into sudden victory. Rella, however, was able to score a takedown in the extra period for the victory.
The Mountaineers currently sit in 26th place among the 42-team tournament. Action resumes at on Saturday at noon ET.
(No. 8 seed) Nikko Triggas (Ohio State) FALL Anthony Curcio (WVU), 3:33
Kyle Gilchrist (Columbia) dec. Anthony Curcio (WVU), 12-5
Ryan Goodman (WVU) dec. Kyle Dooley (Illinois), 6-4
Joe Booth (Drexel) dec. Ryan Goodman (WVU), 5-3
Ryan Goodman (WVU) dec. Louie DeSantis (CSU Pueblo), 10-3
Robert Ward (NC State) dec. Ryan Goodman (WVU), 10-3
(No. 4 seed) Donnie Jones (WVU) tech. fall Alex Rinaldi (Drexel), 24-9
(No. 4 seed) Donnie Jones (WVU) major dec. T. Edwards (Arizona State), 14-6
(No. 5 seed) Paul Young (Indiana) dec. (No. 4 seed) Donnie Jones (WVU), 9-5
Oscar Huntley (Navy) fall (No. 4 seed) Donnie Jones (WVU), 1:03
(No. 7 seed) Chance Litton (WVU) dec. Matt Bogardus (Buffalo), 7-3
(No. 10 seed) David Rella (Ohio State) dec. (No. 7 seed) Chance Litton (WVU), 11-9 (sv)
Enock Francois (California Baptist) dec. (No. 7 seed) Chance Litton (WVU), 4-3
Matt Ryan (WVU) FALL Mark Martinez (New Mexico), 1:14
(No. 5 seed) Steve Bosak (Cornell) dec. Matt Ryan (WVU), 7-1
Matt Ryan (WVU) dec. Casey Eldredge (Utah Valley), 7-3
Matt Ryan (WVU) FALL Erich Schmidtke (Oklahoma), 4:05
Matt Ryan (WVU) dec. (No. 11 seed) Brice Arand (Oregon State), 7-3
(No. 6 seed) Matt Casperson (Boise State) major dec. Kyle Rooney (WVU), 13-1
Tony Chavarria (CSU Pueblo) dec. Kyle Rooney (WVU), 3-2
(No. 6 seed) Brandon Williamson (WVU) dec. Jim Powers (Cal Poly), 4-0
(No. 6 seed) Brandon Williamson (WVU) dec. (No. 11 seed) Eloheim Palma (NC State), 2-0
(No. 3 seed) Nathan Fernandez (Oklahoma) dec. (No. 6 seed) Brandon Williamson (WVU), 6-0
Kyle Frey (Drexel) dec. (No. 6 seed) Brandon Williamson (WVU), 6-0
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