WVU Falls at Michigan State

EAST LANSING, Mich. (January 9, 2010) Ė The West Virginia University wrestling team received wins from freshman Shane Young, redshirt senior Donnie Jones and junior Kyle Rooney, but fell to Michigan State, 24-9, Saturday evening at the Jenison Field House.

Young opened the dual match at 125 pounds with a 6-2 victory over MSUís Eric Olanowski. Young scored a quick takedown in the first period and tacked on another in the second, as he held a 4-2 lead heading into the third period. Young rode Olanowski the entire third period and earned a stalling point in the final session for the win. The victory was Youngís eighth this season.

Redshirt senior Brandon Rader, wrestling in just his second match in nearly two years, faced an aggressive competitor in Dan Osterman. The Michigan State wrestler jumped out to a 4-1 lead in the first session. In the second, Rader, ranked No. 11 at 141 pounds, cut loose from the down position to get the deficit down to two. Osterman, however, scored a takedown to increase his lead, but a nifty switch by Rader changed control, as he recorded a reversal and was down 6-4. Osterman broke loose before the end of the second session to go ahead 7-4. In the third, Rader displayed flashes from his pre-injury days. With only seconds remaining, Rader scored a takedown to bring the match to 7-6, but was unable to complete the comeback.

After a 6-2 loss at 157 pounds, Jones recorded three team points for the Mountaineers at 165 pounds. Jones was in danger early, but broke free from a front headlock to avoid a takedown. Moments later near the edge of the mat, Jones scored a takedown on Kyle Bounds to go ahead 2-0. Following an escape point in the second period, the Slickville, Pa., native held a 3-1 advantage going into the final period. With another takedown, Jones scored his 13th win of the year with a 5-3 decision.

Up next for WVU (0-5, 0-0 EWL) was Michigan native Matt Weston at 174 pounds. The redshirt sophomore came out looking to put on a show for family and friends attending the match. Weston and Hinton exchanged numerous shots, but the two finished the first scoreless. Hinton was able to score the boutís first point in the second on an escape after he started the period in the down position. Weston chose down to start the third, but Hinton rode him for more than a minute before Weston broke loose. Hinton was able to fight off countless shots by Weston and went on to win, 2-1, courtesy of the riding time point.

At 197 pounds, junior Kyle Rooney and MSUís Tyler Dickenson put together an action-packed match. Rooney jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead and added a three-point near fall early in the first for a 5-0 advantage. Dickenson broke free, and with a scoreless second, Rooney headed into the third with a 5-1 lead. Dickenson scored a reversal out of the down position to start the third, but Rooney countered with a reversal of his own and earned a penalty point for an 8-3 lead. Dickenson added three late points, but a point for riding time sealed the deal, as Rooney earned a 9-6 decision.

Michigan State improved to 4-1 with the win.

The Mountaineers return to action on Friday, Jan. 15, at non-conference foe Lehigh. Action against the 11th-ranked Mountain Hawks is set for 7 p.m. at Grace Hall.

Michigan State 24 WVU 9
125: Shane Young (WVU) dec. Eric Olanowski (MSU), 6-2
133: #1 Franklin Gomez (MSU) major dec. #17 Colin Johnston (WVU), 12-4
141: Dan Osterman (MSU) dec. #11 Brandon Rader (WVU), 7-6
149: #14 David Cheza (MSU) Brandon Loro (WVU), 11-0
157: Anthony Jones, Jr. (MSU) dec. Kyle Eason (WVU), 6-2
165: Donnie Jones (WVU) dec. Kyle Bounds (MSU), 5-3
174: Ian Hinton (MSU) dec. Matt Weston (WVU), 2-1
184: Nick Palmieri (MSU) dec. #18 Matt Ryan (WVU), 3-1
197: Kyle Rooney (WVU) dec. Tyler Dickenson (MSU), 9-6
HWT: Joe Rizqallah (MSU) major dec. Brandon Williamson (WVU), 12-4

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