MORGANTOWN, W. Va. – The West Virginia University wrestling team will square off in two dual meets this weekend, as it welcomes Eastern Wrestling League foe Lock Haven to the Coliseum on Friday at 7:30 p.m. and then travels to Rutgers for a non-conference matchup at 1 p.m. on Sunday.
The Mountaineers carry a 4-3 overall mark and a 1-1 conference record into Friday’s EWL tussle against the Bald Eagles (3-7, 0-2 EWL).
“We haven’t seen Lock Haven anywhere this year, and we don’t cross paths in any tournaments, so I don’t really have a good sense of what they will be bringing to the mat,” says coach Craig Turnbull. “What I do know is that we have been all over the place this year. We are a team that is capable of being a top 10 through top 25 team, but it is all about which team shows up for us.”
In the team’s action this past weekend, WVU turned in a poor performance and fell to Bloomsburg 25-10, then turned around less than 24 hours later and defeated Clarion, 23-20.
“Hopefully, we get our best wrestling out, and if we do that, it should take care of business against Lock Haven,” Turnbull says. “We are a good team when we go out to the mat with high energy and good focus.”
The performance against Bloomsburg was particularly disappointing to Turnbull because the Mountaineers wrestled well against top-tier opponents Maryland and Michigan State.
“You don’t get real happy in a loss, but we wrestled hard and had opportunities to win against Maryland, who is now a top 10 team,” Turnbull says. “That match was ours to get. We then went to Michigan State, who is a team of a similar quality, and we won. In our next match against Bloomsburg, we showed up, and it was a nightmare.”
Turnbull is banking on solid efforts from his lightweights and heavyweights this weekend to get WVU two much needed victories, but he is also hoping to see rebound performances from grapplers at 149, 157 and 165 pounds.
“The youth of the team is my biggest concern,” Turnbull says. “Guys at 149, 157 and 165 badly need to start getting wins. There is no practice or medicine that benefits them more than getting their hand raised after the match and getting some of their confidence back.”
Scoring victories at the middleweights is something Turnbull has referenced as key to the team’s success and will be particularly crucial in the team’s match against a challenging Rutgers squad.
“We don’t seem to be in their circle a whole lot,” Turnbull says. “They had a very nice team last year, and they began this season with a nice team. I anticipate it will be a match that is similar in nature to Maryland or Michigan State. They are that type of quality team. It is a good program that sends someone very competitive to the mat in each weight class.”
A live stream of Friday’s match against Lock Haven will be available on MSNsportsNET.com and live match results can be found on TrackWrestling.com.
Fans can also follow a live stream of Sunday’s match on RVision on ScarletKnights.com, and live results can be viewed on TrackWrestling.com.
Recaps will be available on MSNsportsNET.com following the completion of each dual meet.Probable LineupsWVU
125: No. 25 Shane Young (16-4)
133: No. 26 Nathan Pennesi (21-5)
141: No. 32 Michael Morales (3-1)
149: Brutus Scheffel (15-11)
157: Dominic Prezzia (13-11)
165: Kyle Eason (13-11)
174: No. 20 Lance Bryson (18-9)
184: No. 17 Matt Ryan (11-3)
197: Mac Mancuso (14-6) OR Nicholas Hylton (0-3)
HWT: No. 18 Brandon Williamson (17-6)Lock Haven
125: Bobby Rehm (23-13)
133: John Trumbetti (5-16) OR Johnathon Childress (3-4)
141: Matt Bonson (14-6)
149: No. 31 Owen Wilkenson (21-11) OR William Randt (5-6)
157: Aaron Fry (7-9)
165: Seth Creasy (11-10) OR Dylan Caprio (4-6)
174: Aaron McKinney (5-19)
184: Fred Garcia (12-8) OR Zach Heffner (6-13)
197: Matt Parlier (3-15)
HWT: Harry Turner (19-14)Rutgers
125: Vincent Dellefave (11-7)
133: Joe Langel II (2-3) OR Michael DeMarco (18-9)
141: No. 19 Billy Ashnault (18-8)
149: No. 5 Mario Mason (16-1) OR Anthony Perrotti (16-9)
157: Anthony Volpe (5-13) OR Dave Seidenberg (4-8)
165: No. 9 Scott Winston (15-3) OR Doug Hamann (5-10)
174: No. 17 Greg Zannetti (20-3)
184: Daniel Seidenberg (11-8)
197: Daniel Rinaldi (16-4)
HWT: Daniel Hopkins (6-9) OR Carl Buchholz (4-1)