WVU Downs Lock Haven

By Daniel Whitehead
WVU Sports Information Office

January 29, 2011

LOCK HAVEN, Pa. The West Virginia wrestlers jumped to an early 9-0 lead and never relinquished the margin on its way to a 33-5 win over Lock Haven Saturday night at the Thomas Fieldhouse.

With the win, the Mountaineers improve to 7-4 on the year and 3-0 in the Eastern Wrestling League while Lock Haven falls to 6-7, 1-3 EWL.

The victory also increased the all-time series lead to 20-14 for WVU.

Like we did last week at Clarion, we wrestled well all the way from the 125-pound level to the heavyweights, says WVU coach Craig Turnbull. Our guys competed with energy and gave it their best effort in every bout.

Sophomore Shane Young gave the Mountaineers a quick 5-0 lead with a 17-2 technical fall win over Lock Havens No. 33-ranked Nick Hyatt in 6:58 just before the final buzzer. Young earned three sets of three near-fall points in the first period.

WVUs redshirt freshman Nathan Pennesi increased the team lead to 9-0 with an 8-0 major decision victory over last years EWL champion, John Trumbetti. Pennesi earned two takedowns in the bout.

Bald Eagle No. 17-ranked Matt Bonson gave his team their first points of the meet with a 6-4 decision win over WVUs Michael Morales at 141 pounds to cut the Mountaineer lead to 9-3.

Redshirt senior Brandon Rader boosted the team lead to 13-3 with an 11-3 major decision win over Lock Havens Owen Wilkinson. Rader picked up a takedown with 15 second remaining to get the major.

Ryan Goodman earned his third dual meet victory of the year with a 3-2 decision win over Bald Eagle Seth Creasy. With the win, Goodman improves to 1-2 in the EWL.

WVUs Donnie Jones then earned a 22-6 tech fall win over Dylan Caprio in 6:40, increasing WVUs lead to 21-3. Jones picked up eight takedowns in the victory.

Following an unsportsmanlike warning on Lock Haven to have a point taken away from the Bald Eagles, WVUs Alex Meade earned a 2-1 sudden victory decision over Mike Khoury, picking up a late escape point in extra periods. The win increased the WVU lead to 24-2.

Redshirt junior Matt Ryan increased the WVU lead to 30-2 with a victory by fall in 2:32 over Lock Havens Jacob Bachman. Ryan had an early takedown in the match before the fall.

Kyle Rooney had four takedowns en route to a 9-3 decision win over Bald Eagle Derek Caldwell to boost the lead to 33-2. He also earned over three minutes of riding time.

We showed up to compete, so Im very proud of our efforts tonight, Turnbull says.

Footage from the matches and follow-up interviews can be found at FloWrestling.com.

The Mountaineers return to the mat next Friday as they travel to Pitt for the "Backyard Brawl." The match is set for 7 p.m.

WVU 33 Lock Haven 5
125: No. 19 Shane Young (So., 23-6) tech fall No. 33 Nick Hyatt (r-Sr.,14-7),17-2 (6:58)
133: No. 12 Nathan Pennesi (r-Fr., 20-4) maj. dec. John Trumbetti (r-Jr.,12-5), 8-0
141: No. 17 Matt Bonson (Jr., 19-2) dec. Michael Morales (Fr., 13-8), 4-6
149: No. 29 Brandon Rader (r-Sr., 9-7) maj. dec. Owen Wilkinson (Sr., 4-10), 11-3
157: Ryan Goodman (r-Jr., 10-13) dec. Seth Creasy (r-Jr., 13-15), 3-2
165: No. 25 Donnie Jones (r-Sr., 13-3) tech fall Dylan Caprio (Fr., 0-16), 22-6 (6:40)
174: Alex Meade (r-So., 2-2) SV dec. Mike Khoury (Fr., 17-12), 2-1
184: No. 23 Matt Ryan (r-Jr., 15-4) won by fall Jacob Bachman (r-Fr., 6-16), 2:32
197: Kyle Rooney (Sr., 12-7) dec. Derek Caldwell (r-Sr., 4-9), 9-3
HWT: Harry Turner (r-So., 21-13) dec. Philip Mandzik (Jr., 8-15), 5-3

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