WVU Preps for Reno Tournament of Champions

  • By Brian Kuppelweiser
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  • December 15, 2012 11:00 AM
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – In its final event in the first half of the season, the West Virginia University wrestling team will travel to Reno, Nev., for the 18th annual Reno Tournament of Champions held at the Reno Events Center on Sunday, Dec. 16.

Along with the Mountaineers, the tournament will host wrestlers from Adams State, Appalachian State, Boise State, Cal Poly, Cal-Bakersfield, Campbell, The Citadel, Clackamas, Grand Canyon, Michigan State, Missouri Valley, Montana State-Northern, NC State, Northern Colorado, Ohio, Oregon State, Sacramento State, Simpson, Southern Oregon, Stanford, Utah Valley, Wyoming and Western Wyoming.

“Of the tournaments before the NCAA Championships, there are probably four or five that are premiere tournaments – this tournament in Reno is definitely one of them,” says coach Craig Turnbull. “We have really come to like to this tournament because of the way it works out with the University’s finals schedule. This keeps them on a schedule with wrestling on their mind before we break for the holidays.”

WVU grapplers expected to compete in the tournament include Shane Young, Colin Johnston, Nathan Pennesi, Brutus Scheffel, Tre Miller-Scott, Jason Luster, Dominic Prezzia, Ross Renzi, Bubba Scheffel, Christian Chirico, Lance Bryson, Mark Colabucci, A.J. Vizcarrondo, Nicholas Hylton and Phil Mandzik.

“This is our last tournament before we begin the dual meet season, so this will give guys such as Shane Young, Bubba Scheffel and A.J. Vizcarrondo that have missed the previous tournaments due to injury an opportunity to get back out there and get back up to speed for the dual meet season,” Turnbull says. “For the rest, it is one more opportunity to understand what is working and where they need to make adjustments.”

At last year’s Reno Tournament of Champions, two Mountaineer grapplers earned placements.

Juniors Lance Bryson and Nathan Pennesi wrestled their way to third-place and fifth-place finishes, respectively. The placements of Pennesi and Bryson propelled WVU to a seventh-place finish in the team standings.

Action from Reno will begin at noon EST, 9 p.m. PST.

A recap of the Mountaineers action will be available on WVUsports.com following the completion of competition.


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