Wrestling: Dual Meet Against Defending Nat'l Champ
- By Brian Kuppelweiser
- December 09, 2011 02:01 PM
MORGANTOWN, W. Va. – On Sunday afternoon, the West Virginia wrestling team will face one of its toughest tests of the season, as it travels to State College, Pa., for a dual meet against defending national champion, No. 3 Penn State at 2 p.m.
“We are certainly very excited to have the opportunity to have a dual meet against Penn State,” says coach Craig Turnbull. “This is the marquee matchup on our schedule, and we will wrestle in front of sold out crowd at Rec Hall. This is a great opportunity for our guys to wrestle some of the best wrestlers in the country.”
The team’s dual meet against the Nittany Lions will be their first dual meet action since Nov. 6, when it posted shutouts against Johns Hopkins and Franklin & Marshall at the University of Maryland Duals.
WVU’s shutouts were its first since Feb. 19 of last season, and its 48 points against Johns Hopkins were its most since 2009.
In their last meet against Penn State at last season’s Sprawl & Brawl on Nov. 22, the Mountaineers were defeated by the Nittany Lions, 40-3.
Redshirt sophomore Nathan Pennesi scored the lone victory for WVU, as he was on the winning end of a 10-5 decision over Penn State’s Bryan Pearsall.
The Mountaineers will head into Sunday’s matchup with five ranked wrestlers, while the Nittany Lions will have a total of eight wrestlers ranked, including three that hold their weight class’s No. 1 spot.
"I expect all these experiences to stretch us and help us get where we want to be at," Turnbull says. “The one thing they can control is effort. I expect a great effort, and I expect them to step on the mat with an intention to battle to win.”
Tickets for Sunday’s dual meet are currently at a limited availability, but can be purchased through the Bryce Jordan Center box office or over the phone at 814-865-5555. Adult tickets are $8, while youth tickets (18 and under) are $5.
A full recap of Sunday’s action will be available on MSNsportsNET.com shortly after the completion of the match.