Wrestling: WVU Heads to W&J Tournament
- By Brian Kuppelweiser
- November 11, 2011 04:30 PM
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Following two dominant shutout performances to begin the 2011-12 season, the West Virginia wrestling team will travel to Washington, Pa., for the Washington & Jefferson Tournament.
A large contingent of Mountaineers will compete at the sixth annual event, which plays host to a number of schools throughout the region such as Seton Hill, Thiel, Pitt-Johnstown and West Liberty.
“These first two matches are really important because it gives our guys a chance to get some experience under our belt,” says coach Craig Turnbull. “This weekend should get us five or six matches with our top guys and that is what we are looking forward to.”
The top three individual finishers within each weight class will compete for trophy plaques with six placements overall being awarded for each division. In addition, the tournament will also give awards to the most outstanding wrestler and the individual wrestler who tallies the most falls in the least amount of time.
At last year’s Washington & Jefferson Tournament, the Mountaineers had 13 different wrestlers place, including first place finishes by Shane Young and Matt Ryan, a second by Nathan Pennesi and a third-place finish by Mac Mancuso.
“I don’t expect this weekend to have some of the top tier competition, but there will be some individuals that are going to challenge us,” says Turnbull. “This weekend will give us a chance to look at our conditioning levels, our strategy and how we are technically executing.”
Wrestlers will be seeded for the tournament based on their wrestling history.
Competition will begin at 9 a.m.
Results from the Washington & Jefferson Tournament will available on MSNsportsNET.com shortly after the completion of the event.