Ngatis Pin Leads WVU to First Big 12 Win

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (Feb. 12, 2017) Freshman heavyweight Brandon Ngati pinned Joe Scanlan in the final bout of the day as the West Virginia University wrestling team claimed a thrilling comeback win over Iowa State, 22-20, for the first Big 12 win in program history on Sunday afternoon at the WVU Coliseum.

Trailing 20-9 after seven bouts, the Mountaineers won three straight, including a pair of bonus-point victories, to secure the win. West Virginia (3-11, 1-3) won five of 10 bouts overall with a pair of pins and a major decision in taking the victory over the Cyclones (1-10, 1-6).

I just want to see them win, WVU coach Sammie Henson said. I just want to see them be successful. I want to see them do the things I know theyre capable of doing. With Big Jake (Smith) and Dylan Cottrell his leadership today to come out here and wrestle the way that he did and step up for our team. (Christian) Monserrat finally got a quality win. Hes been on the opposite sides of those matches where it was close and weve lost several really close matches. To see that change, I just think it was a team effort. A total team effort today. Im elated. Its been a long year. We were just trying to get a win for (Brandon) Ngati. My man got it down for us.

The Cyclones won the first three matches of the day for a 9-0 lead heading into the 149-pound bout, where Christian Monserrat squared off with Gabe Moreno. Moreno scored first with a first-period takedown, but Monserrat added a pair of takedowns and an escape in the second for a 5-3 lead heading into the third. Called twice for stalling in the final stanza to give Moreno a point, Monserrat added a pair of takedowns in securing the 9-6 decision to put WVU on the board, down 9-3.

Iowa State won by fall at 157 for a 15-3 lead, but No. 13/20 Dylan Cottrell countered with a win by fall at 165 pounds. Cottrell used an early takedown and a pair of nearfall points for a 4-0 lead over Logan Breitenbach in the first period. Starting in the defensive position in the second, Cottrell escaped to pad his lead at 5-0. He then used a takedown and got the turn for the pin with 17 seconds remaining in the second period as WVU cut the ISU lead to six at 15-9.

ISU won by tech. fall at 174 for a 20-9 advantage with three matches to go. At 184, Parker VonEgidy used a reversal of Carson Powell late in the third period to tie the score, 3-3, at the end of regulation. He then struck with the takedown in sudden victory to win the 5-3 decision and bring the Mountaineers within eight, down 20-12.

No. 5-ranked Jacob A. Smith added four more to the board with a major decision over Marcus Harrington at 197 pounds. Smith used three takedowns and four nearfall points on his way to the 12-0 win, his tenth straight of the season.

With the Mountaineers trailing 20-16, Ngati entered the heavyweight bout needed a tech. fall or pin of Scanlan to win. After a scoreless first period, Scanlan started on bottom and escape for a 1-0 lead. With 35 seconds remaining in the second period, Ngati threw Scanlan to the mat and go the pin soon after to complete the comeback and give West Virginia the 22-20 victory.

West Virginia 22 Iowa State 20
125: Kyle Larson (ISU) dec. Devin Brown (WVU), 4-2
133: No. 11 Earl Hall, Jr. (ISU) dec. Cory Stainbrook (WVU), 2-1
141: John Meeks (ISU) dec. Joe Wheeling (WVU), 16-9
149: Christian Monserrat (WVU) dec. Gabe Moreno (WVU), 9-6
157: Colston DiBlasi (ISU) pinned Dayton Garrett (WVU), 1:04
165: Dylan Cottrell (WVU) pinned Logan Breitenbach (ISU), 4:43
174: No. 10 Lelund Weatherspoon (ISU) tech. fall Ty Millward (WVU), 19-4 (5:54)
184: Parker VonEgidy (WVU) dec. Carson Powell (ISU), 5-3 SV-1
197: Jacob A. Smith (WVU) major dec. Marcus Harrington (ISU), 12-0
HWT: Brandon Ngati (WVU) pinned Joe Scanlan (ISU), 4:28

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