Tough Big 12 Slate Coming
West Virginia opens competition in the Big 12 on Friday, Jan. 18, when it travels to Stillwater, Okla., for a dual meet against the nation’s current No. 2 team, Oklahoma State.
The Cowboys (7-0), which feature six wrestlers ranked in the top 10 of their respective weight classes in various Division I wrestling polls, will open up the second half of their season on Sunday, Jan. 13, when they take on No. 4 Iowa.
The challenge doesn’t stop there for the Mountaineers, however, as they will take the 85-mile journey to Norman, Okla., to square off against the 14th-ranked Oklahoma Sooners.
The Sooners have four wrestlers ranked in the top 10 of their respective weight classes and boast a 5-3 mark in dual meets this season. Oklahoma opened up league action on Saturday with a 19-15 win over Iowa State.
“We are fully aware of the challenges that we are about to face in the coming weeks,” said coach Craig Turnbull. “Coming off of what was a very disappointing loss to Lock Haven, each individual needs to do a self-evaluation of where they are right now with their wrestling. The match against Lock Haven was the only match that I thought we had a very good chance of winning. Our remaining matches feature some of the top teams in the country that will force us to bring our best to the table in each and every individual match.”Injuries Aplenty
WVU has dealt with its fair share of injuries this season, as it has had six individuals from their starting lineup sit out various dual meets and tournaments.Shane Young
(125), Colin Johnston
(133), Brutus Scheffel
(149), Bubba Scheffel
(174), Lance Bryson
(184) and A.J. Vizcarrondo
(197) have each sat out a period of time due to an ailment.
Add to that group last year’s NCAA qualifier at 141 pounds, Michael Morales
, who is sitting out this season due to shoulder surgery, and it is clear that the Mountaineers have been battered and bruised.
The tides seem to be changing a bit, though.
All should be ready for next weekend’s matches with the exception of Brutus Scheffel
, who is questionable after he injured his ankle in the days prior to WVU’s match against Lock Haven.Beauty and the Beast Right Around the Corner
One month from now, the Mountaineer gymnastics and wrestling teams will take part in their second Beauty and the Beast on Sunday, Feb. 10, at 3 p.m. Both teams will compete simultaneously against Ohio.
Yesterday morning, representatives from each team took part in the promotional video and photograph shoot for the event.
Representatives from the wrestling team included Nathan Pennesi
and Bubba Scheffel
, while Kaylyn Millick
and Bethany Yurko
represented the gymnastics team.
Admission to the event is $1.