CHICAGO, Ill. (December 29, 2000) West Virginia's wrestling team is in tenth place with 19.5 team points after session one in the Midlands tournament.

Heavyweight Ryan Kehler, ranked No. 1 in the nation, won his first match after pinning Eastern Illinois' B.J. Bertelsman at 5:30. The junior from Klingerstown, Pa., seeded fifth, notched his fifth pin of the year and upped his record to 14-0. Kehler is the first Mountaineer wrestler to be ranked No. 1 in the nation since Scott Collins in 1991.

Freshman Anthony Regalbuto, a Martinsburg, W.Va., native earned his first career win at 149 pounds with a 12-3 major decision victory over American's No. 5 seed Marc Hoffer. He is now 1-1 on the year.

Freshman Greg Jones, a Slickville, Pa., native upped his record to 6-0 on the year after defeating The Citadel's Mike Regnar by way of a technical fall, 18-3, at 4:29.

Redshirt sophomore Tom McMath of Sharpsville, Pa., defeated Hofstra's No. 5 seed Noel Thompson 14-5 in pigtail action of the 165 pound bracket. He then lost to Iowa's Mike Anderson 4-1 in first round action. McMath is now 13-5 on the year.

Junior Joe Carr, a Lexington, Ky., native also won his first match of the tournament over Ohio State's Josh Jansen 12-4. Carr is seeded seventh and is 6-2 on the season.


CHICAGO, Ill. (December 30, 2000) West Virginia heavyweight wrestler Ryan Kehler placed fifth at the Midlands tournament Saturday.

The junior from Klingerstown, Pa., defeated Fresno State's Billy Blunt by way of a forfeit to finish the tournament with a 5-2 mark. Kehler picked up three pins in the event, giving him seven on the season, including a 15 second fall over Michigan State's Matt Lamb. He defeated two ranked wrestlers -- Lamb, ranked ninth, and Oregon State's Jason Cooley, ranked eighth. He has now defeated seven ranked opponents this season and is 17-2.

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