VSR: Ryan Named Athlete of the Week

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  • By Brian Kuppelweiser
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  • March 05, 2012 01:14 PM
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Redshirt senior Matt Ryan (184) was named this week’s varsity sports athlete of the week after his performance at the Eastern Wrestling League Championships.

On his way to title in his weight class, Ryan recorded two pins and a 2-1 decision victory over Edinboro’s Vic Avery.

The pins were Ryan’s 22nd and 23rd of his career, which now puts him in sole possession of third place in program history.

Ryan will continue his season at the NCAA Championships in St. Louis, Mo., on March 15-17.

WVU Athletes of the Week
Spring 2012
Week 1: Rachael Burnett, Women’s Swimming
Week 2: Hope Sloanhoffer, Gymnastics
Week 3: Christal Caldwell, Women’s Basketball
Week 4: Alaska Richardson, Gymnastics
Week 5: Asya Bussie, Women’s Basketball
Week 6: Asya Bussie, Women’s Basketball
Week 7: Rachael Burnett, Women’s Swimming
Week 8: Petra Zublasing, Rifle
Week 9: Matt Ryan, Wrestling

This Week in Women’s Basketball
The West Virginia women’s basketball team advanced to the semifinals of the BIG EAST tournament for the fifth straight season and will face No. 3/3 Notre Dame on Monday at 6 p.m. ... the game will be broadcast on ESPNU ... if WVU advances to the championship game it will face the winner of the 8 p.m. semifinal round of Connecticut-St. John’s on Tuesday at 7 p.m. on ESPN.

Last Week in Women’s Basketball
WVU earned a first round bye at the BIG EAST Championship as the No. 5 seed with a 21-8 overall record and 11-5 record in the BIG EAST … the Mountaineers defeated Syracuse in the second round 63-48 to advance to the quarterfinals on Sunday … WVU used a 39-32 win over Georgetown to keep BIG EAST tournament play alive.

Notes & Quotes
Junior Asya Bussie was named to the All-BIG EAST first team, while Christal Caldwell was named All-BIG EAST honorable mention … Linda Stepney was named to the BIG EAST all-freshman team … Bussie earned her 1,000th career point against Georgetown on Sunday, March 4 with a free throw in the first half, becoming the 28th player in program history to reach the milestone … WVU held both Syracuse and Georgetown below their team scoring averages … the Mountaineers held the Hoyas’ Sugar Rodgers, the league’s leading scorer below her scoring average and to a mere five field goals in the game … WVU is the only non-ranked program to advance to the semifinals.

This Week in Track & Field
The Mountaineers have the week off from competition, but will prepare for the beginning of the outdoor season with the Wake Forest Open on March 16-17, in Winston-Salem, N.C.

Last Week in Track & Field
West Virginia competed at the Columbia Last Chance meet with several strong individual finishes … senior Katelyn Williams ended her WVU career by tying a season-best mark of 1.75 meters for first place in the high jump … Chené Townsend earned a second-best season mark of 8.46 seconds in the 60-meter hurdles for a first-place finish … Stephanie Aldea had a strong performance in the mile run by finishing in 5:03.46 … Meghan Mock placed first in the long jump with a season-best 5.76-meter jump … in the 5,000-meter race Friday evening, Sarah Martinelli led the way by finishing in fifth place in 17:03.89, while Jordan Hamric finished in seventh in 17:09.78 … Stephanie Caruso placed ninth and Aubrey Moskal finished in 11th place … with their times, Martinelli, Hamric, Caruso and Moskal qualified for the BIG EAST outdoor championships … Hallie Portner earned a personal record of 17:51.59 in the race.

Notes and Quotes
The Mountaineers look to achieve a Top 20 national finish for a fifth consecutive year in outdoor track ... returning outdoor All-Americans from last season include Chelsea Carrier-Eades, Kate Harrison and Meghan Mock.

Katelyn Williams has been a model of consistency since the day she stepped on campus. She came to WVU with great expectations and graduates as an All-American while leaving behind a tremendous bar for future Mountaineers to strive for. We have been very lucky to have her with us wearing gold and blue.” – coach Sean Cleary

This Week in Swimming & Diving
Sophomore Richard Pokorny and freshman Haily Vande Poel will be participating in the NCAA Zone “A” Diving Championships from March 9-11 in Buffalo, N.Y. … competition will be at noon each day … select swimmers will be swimming in the 2012 Columbus Grand Prix from March 9-11, hosted by Ohio State University.

Last Week in Swimming & Diving
Both teams were idle.

Notes & Quotes
Juniors Rachael Burnett, Kata Fodor and Mandie Nugent, as well as sophomore Danielle Smith qualified as part of the 800 free relay and the foursome is seeded 15th in the event at NCAAs … Nugent was the lone Mountaineer to receive an automatic qualifying time and is currently seeded No. 2 in the country in the 200 fly, while also being seeded No. 34 in the 100 fly and No. 35 in the 500 free … Burnett comes in as the No. 12 in the 500 free, No. 21 in the 200 free and No. 21 in the 1,650 free … Fodor will go to the meet ranked No. 47 in the 500 free and No. 58 in the 200 free … Smith rounds out the group as a backstroke specialist who is seeded No. 45 in the 200 back and No. 50 in the 100 back.

This week in wrestling
WVU has a week off as they prepare for the NCAA Championships.

Last week in wrestling
The Mountaineers placed third at the Eastern Wrestling League Championships after they had five grapplers place in the top three of their respective weight class.

Notes & Quotes
WVU had five grapplers qualify for the NCAA Championships on Sunday ... Redshirt senior Brandon Williamson (HWT) and Matt Ryan (184) along with sophomore Michael Morales (141) won placed first at EWLs … each won their first EWL crown of their career … Ryan nearly made a case for the tournament’s Outstanding Wrestler, as he earned pins in his first two matches of the day … the pins were the 22nd and 23rd of Ryan’s career, which now puts him in sole possession of third place on the program’s all-time list … also placing in the top three and qualifying for the NCAA Championships for the Mountaineers was junior Shane Young in second and sophomore Nathan Pennesi in third … Pennesi currently leads the team with 29 wins this season and can earn his first 30-win season of his career at the NCAA Championships on March 15-17, in St. Louis, Mo.

This Week in Gymnastics
The Mountaineers return to the WVU Coliseum after three straight road meets and welcome No. 8 Arkansas on Saturday, March 10, at 6 p.m. … the meet, the team’s final home contest of the season, also will serve as “Senior Night,” and Tina Maloney and Nicole Roach will be honored after the competition.

Last Week in Gymnastics
The Mountaineers (13-4, 5-1 EAGL) recovered from an early deficit and came back to defeat No. 13 Missouri, No. 19 Denver and Western Michigan in Denver, Colo., on March 3 … WVU scored 194.175 … the Pioneers finished second (194.1), the Tigers third (194.025) and the Broncos fourth (193.825) … WVU won vault (49.0) and finished second on floor (48.95) and third on bars (48.425) and beam (47.8) … sophomore Hope Sloanhoffer scored 39.1 and finished fourth overall … WVU started the meet in fourth place with its 47.8 beam showing … freshman Beth Deal finished first on the team and fifth overall with a 9.725 … junior Alaska Richardson won floor with a career-high 9.875 routine … Sloanhoffer placed second overall with a season-best 9.9 vault, while sophomore Erica Smith anchored the team’s bars lineup and clinched the overall victory with a third place, 9.825 bars routine.

Notes and Quotes
WVU continues to lead the all-time series with each team and improved to 4-2 over DU and Mizzou and 2-0 against WMU … the wins put WVU at 3-3 against ranked teams this season … WVU also improved to 7-2 on the road … Deal returned the beam lineup after a five-week absence … junior Kaylyn Millick matched her season-best 9.825 floor score and finished sixth overall … senior Nicole Roach finished second on the team, fifth overall, on bars with a 9.775 … WVU is 3-3 all-time against the Razorbacks … WVU lost at Arkansas, 196.525-194.925, last season.

This week in women’s tennis
WVU will take on Duquesne on Wednesday at 3 p.m. at the Ridgeview Racquet Club.

Last week in women’s tennis
The Mountaineers were defeated by No. 39 Syracuse, 6-1

Notes & Quotes
Senior Veronica Cardenas leads WVU with seven singles wins this season … Cardenas has strung together three straight singles wins and has won five of her last six singles matches … junior Emily Mathis, who continues to recover from a stomach strain, earned his fifth doubles win of the year on Saturday and has found success with Cardenas as her new doubles partner … the duo is now a perfect 2-0 this season.

This Week in Rifle
The No. 2-ranked West Virginia rifle team shoots for its nation-best 15th national title on March 9-10, in Columbus, Ohio.

Last Season in Rifle
The Mountaineers (12-2, 5-1 GARC) did not compete.

Notes and Quotes
WVU is coming off its third straight GARC Championship … the Mountaineers have finished in the top three at the national championships each year since winning the 2009 title … WVU’s qualification is its sixth straight … No. 1 TCU enters the national championship as the favorite, while No. 3 Kentucky will defend its title … the remaining NCAA field is comprised of Alaska-Fairbanks, Army, Nevada, UTEP and Jacksonville State … WVU finished second at last year’s championships with a 4697 score … the Mountaineers won the air rifle title, while All-American Nicco Campriani won the individual air rifle title … WVU has earned the air rifle title twice in the last three years.

This Week in Baseball
The WVU baseball team will have a busy weekend starting with a home opening doubleheader against Niagara on Tuesday at 1 p.m. … the Mountaineers will then travel West for the inaugural Nike Showcase where they will play Oregon State, Oklahoma, Oregon and Illinois.

Last Week in Baseball
The team went 2-1 at the Dairy Queen Classic in Minneapolis, Minn. … WVU defeated Nebraska 4-1 on Friday, before falling to host Minnesota 11-3 on Saturday … the Mountaineers came back and won the rubber match 10-4 on Sunday.

Notes & Quotes
Redshirt sophomore left fielder Matt Frazer is WVU’s leading hitter through 10 games, batting .324 (11-for-34) with four doubles, one home run and six RBIs … sophomore first baseman Ryan McBroom and freshman outfielder Bobby Boyd are hitting .308 and .304, respectively … McBroom has three doubles and five RBIs, while Boyd has five runs, one RBI and three stolen bases … junior shortstop John Polonius led the Mountaineers at the plate in three games last week, batting .444 (4-for-9) with four runs, two RBIs, two walks and two hit by pitches … redshirt freshman Max Nogay went 3-for-7 in three starts with one run, one RBI and two walks … breaking out of an early season slump, junior outfielder Brady Wilson finished the weekend batting .400 (6-for-15) with one run, one double, one home run and four RBIs.

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