Wrestling: WVU Welcomes No. 13 Maryland

  • By Brian Kuppelweiser
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  • January 05, 2012 01:39 PM
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MORGANTOWN, W. Va. – The West Virginia wrestling team will welcome No. 13 Maryland to the Coliseum on Friday night at 7:30 p.m., as it hosts its first home dual meet of the season.

Friday’s match is a designated “Dollar Day” with all tickets, hot dogs, popcorn and Coca-Colas available for purchase for just one dollar. Additionally, the meet also is a “Poster Day,” and the 2011-12 WVU poster will be available for all fans to pick up.

“Maryland comes in with a very strong team, and on paper, I would say that they are the stronger team at this time of the year,” says coach Craig Turnbull. “They are the returning ACC champions. We are in the ballpark with them, and if we put a very good performance together, it should be a very competitive dual meet.”

Of the Terrapins’ dual meet starters, eight have received rankings from multiple publications, including 165 pounder John Asper (16-0) and 197 pounder Christian Boley (21-1).

In addition to Boley and Asper, Maryland also features sophomore Spencer Myers (HWT). Myers was an All-American last season, placed sixth at the NCAA Championships and is ranked as high as No. 12 in the country.

To counter Myers, the Mountaineers will send out fellow heavyweight Brandon Williamson, who has a 13-6 overall record this season and is ranked No. 25 by Wrestling Report.

“There are some intriguing matchups, and one of those is the matchup at heavyweight,” Turnbull says. “Brandon Williamson may be in the position that he will be wrestling for the total match.”

At the 133-pound spot, redshirt sophomore Nathan Pennesi is making the move down from 141 pounds after redshirt junior Colin Johnston vacated his spot due to a season-ending injury. Pennesi competed at 133 pounds last season and compiled a 24-8 record along with qualifying for the NCAA Championships.

“Usually over the holidays, people will go the other way with their weight, but Nathan worked very diligently to get his weight down,” says Turnbull. “We would like to get a couple weigh-ins early with that weight at a tournament, but that opportunity is not afforded in this situation.”

Sophomore Michael Morales will help stabilize the WVU lineup, as he will take over at Pennesi’s former spot at 141 pounds. The Brick, N.J., native posted an 18-11 record as a true freshman last season and placed third at the Eastern Wrestling League Championships.

“This is going to be an experiment because this is Michael’s first competition of the season,” says Turnbull. “He will have to manage the nerves of being out on the mat again.”

Fans will be able to follow the action live on TrackWrestling.com

A full recap of Friday’s action will be available on MSNsportsNET.com after the completion of action.

Probable Lineups:
125: Shane Gentry (9-2) or Jenkins Monzey (3-4)
133: Geoffrey Alexander (16-6)
141: Frank Goodwin (9-5) or Lou Mascola (7-7)
149: Ben Dorsay (9-7)
157: Kyle John (14-7) or Domenic DeRobertis (7-6)
165: John Asper (16-0)
174: Jimmy Sheptock (16-4) or Corey Peltier (5-4)
184: Ty Snook (12-8)
197: Christian Boley (21-1)
HWT: Spencer Myers (16-5) or Ryan Gray (0-0)

West Virginia
125: Shane Young (13-3)
133: Nathan Pennesi (18-4)
141: Michael Morales (0-0)
149: Brutus Scheffel (14-8)
157: Dominic Prezzia (13-7)
165: Kyle Eason (13-7)
174: Lance Bryson (16-6)
184: Matt Ryan (7-3)
197: Mac Mancuso (14-5) or Nicholas Hylton (0-0)
HWT: Brandon Williamson (13-6)


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