Wrestling: WVU Prepares for Reno Tournament
- By Brian Kuppelweiser
- December 16, 2011 12:32 PM
MORGANTOWN, W. Va. – The West Virginia wrestling team will travel to Reno, Nev., for its final tournament action of the regular season this Sunday, when it participates in the Reno Tournament of Champions at the Reno Events Center.
“The first challenge that comes to my mind is that the Reno Tournament of Champions occurs during finals week,” Turnbull says. “Our guys needed to get into the wrestling room on their own this week, and they needed to balance that with taking finals.”
The Mountaineers will head to Reno after coming off of a tough 34-6 dual meet loss to Penn State last Saturday.
Turnbull expects the competition to be just as challenging in Reno, as teams such as Oklahoma State, Arizona State and Michigan State will be competing.
“The Reno Tournament of Champions is similar to the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational that we competed in two weeks ago,” says coach Craig Turnbull. “It is a little bit smaller in scope, but similar in the degree of competition. It is different competition than we would normally see in our dual meet competition. It is going to get us a good amount of matches that will provide us experience that we will need as we move into the heart of our schedule.”
In last year’s Reno Tournament of Champions, junior Shane Young (125) and redshirt sophomore Nathan Pennesi (141) placed fourth and second, respectively.
Turnbull is hoping to receive similar efforts from both, but says that his staff will keep a constant eye on each of WVU’s wrestlers, as the team’s dual meet season looms right around the corner.
“We have been careful throughout the season, and we will do the same this weekend,” Turnbull says.
After the completion of the Reno Tournament of Champions, the Mountaineers will enjoy two weeks off for the holidays before they will begin the second half of their season, which kicks off with a dual meet against defending ACC Champion, Maryland.
“We will get some good training in, and we will get conditioning work in during the break,” Turnbull says. “It is a little longer than we generally like to go without competition, but it gives our guys a chance to get healthy and work on some individual things before we really get into the dual meet schedule.”
Competition is set to begin at 9 a.m. from the Reno Events Center, and a full recap of Sunday’s action at the Reno Tournament of Champions can be found on MSNsportsNET.com after the completion of the event.