Wrestling: Williamson, Ryan Move Up in Rankings

  • By Brian Kuppelweiser
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  • February 07, 2012 01:55 PM
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MORGANTOWN, W. Va. – With each riding seven-match winning streaks, redshirt seniors Brandon Williamson (HWT) and Matt Ryan (184) have risen in this week’s rankings.

Williamson, who notched his 20th win of the season on Saturday night, rose to No. 16 in the Amateur Wrestling News poll, entered InterMat’s poll at No. 20 and held steady at No. 24 in Wrestling Report.

Ryan rose to No. 16 in InterMat after he was able to score a 3-1 decision victory over the Pitt’s Andy Vaughan. The native of Eighty-Four, Pa., is also ranked No. 20 by Wrestling Report, No. 18 by Wrestling Insider Newsmagazine and No. 20 by AWN. Ryan has a 14-3 overall record this season.

Also joining Williamson and Ryan in the rankings this week is junior Shane Young (125), redshirt sophomore Nathan Pennesi (133), sophomore Michael Morales (141) and redshirt junior Lance Bryson (174).

Young is No. 26 in the Wrestling Report poll and has compiled an 18-5 overall record this season.

Pennesi is No. 24 in Wrestling Report and leads the team with a total of 23 wins this season.

Morales, who secured his third pin of the season on Saturday night, is ranked No. 31 by Wrestling Report.

Bryson is ranked No. 22 by Wrestling Report and is one win shy of reaching the 20-win plateau this season.

The Mountaineers will return to action this Friday, as they travel to Athens, Ohio for a dual meet against Ohio at 7 p.m.


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