ANNAPOLIS, Md. (November 17, 2001) The West Virginia University wrestling team finished second at the Navy Classic Saturday evening in Annapolis, Md. The Mountaineers, who did not field any athletes in the 125 or heavyweight divisions, had six individuals walk away with individual titles and had another finish runner-up. WVU finished the tournament with 125.50 points, second only to Purdue with 131. Virginia Tech was third (108.50) and Navy was fourth (99).

Joe Carr and Greg Jones each remained perfect on the season winning the titles at 157 and 174, respectively. Brandon Lauer took the 133 class with an 8-4 victory over Jon Hernandez. Billy Smith finished first at 149 by defeating Greg Austin 11-3 in the finals while Tom McMath claimed a win over Pierre Pryor for the title at 165. Brent Miller upset No. 5 Jon Bush 9-7 in the finals to claim the title at 197.

Shane Cunanan added a strong runner-up finish at 141. He defeated No. 2 Sean Gray from Virginia Tech in the semi-finals only to fall 8-3 to No. 4 Mark Conley of Navy in the finals. Ryan Wilman contributed a fifth place finish to help pace the Mountaineers.

"I don't know if we could have wrestled much better," head coach Craig Turnbull said. "We still need to improve in areas, but for this weekend, I don't know how we could've done better."

The Mountaineers will compete in their first dual meet on Sunday, November 25, when they travel to take on No. 6 Iowa State at 2:00 p.m.

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