MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia University wrestling team closes out its home dual meet schedule on Saturday, Feb. 23, at 7 p.m., as it takes on No. 16 Edinboro, while it finishes its non-conference dual meet schedule on Sunday, Feb. 24, with a match at Clarion at 2 p.m.
“Edinboro will present a very serious challenge to us on Saturday evening,” says coach Craig Turnbull. “They have a lineup that features four individuals ranked in the top 20 of multiple Division I rankings, including two that are at the top of their weight class. We will have some of the same challenges on Sunday, as we will have to have each guy in our lineup step up in order to get the team victory.”
The challenge will be compounded for the Mountaineers, as they will be without junior Nathan Pennesi
(141). The Latrobe, Pa., native is ranked as high as No. 12 in country and sports a 21-7 record.
“Nathan suffered a broken left third metacarpal last week during practice,” Turnbull said. “It is a shame that Nathan will miss these final two dual meets. We got lucky that he did not need to have surgery. They were able to cast it, and he has been able to work out. We have been working to maintain his conditioning as we work towards nationals.”
In last season’s matches against the Fighting Scots and the Golden Eagles, the Mountaineers came away with two victories that were decided in the 10th and final match of the dual meet.
Against Clarion, former heavyweight Brandon Williamson earned a 3-1 decision win that gave WVU a 23-20 win over their former Eastern Wrestling League foe. In the Mountaineers next to last dual meet of the 2011-12 season, Williamson pushed the team to a victory, as he knocked off Ernest James, 3-0, to upset then-No.10 Edinboro, 18-17.
“We obviously have a very different lineup than we did last year for these two dual meets,” Turnbull says. “Only three of the individuals that wrestled against these teams last season will be in the lineup. We can point to those wins and use those as motivation, but we will no doubt have a tough hill to climb in order to earn a team victory.”
WVU is 19-14-2 all-time versus the Golden Eagles. Against the Fighting Scots, it is 10-16-2.
Saturday’s dual meet against the Fighting Scots is designated “Senior Night”, as four Mountaineers (Shane Young
, Michael Bolash
, Jeffrey Yeatman
and Phil Mandzik
) take to mat at the WVU Coliseum for the final time in their careers.
Fans unable to attend Friday or Saturday’s match can follow the Mountaineers via a free WebStream presented by Kroger at WVUsports.com.
A full recap of each dual meet will be available on WVUsports.com following the completion of competition.Projected Lineups
WVU (1-9, 0-3 Big 12)
125: No. 24 Shane Young
133: Colin Johnston
141: No. 12 Nathan Pennesi
(21-7) OR Tre Miller-Scott
149: Brutus Scheffel
157: Jason Luster
165: Dominic Prezzia
(5-9) OR Ross Renzi
174: No. 27 Bubba Scheffel
184: No. 30 Lance Bryson
197: A.J. Vizcarrondo
HWT: Phil Mandzik
(8-15)No. 16 Edinboro (9-5, 3-1 EWL)
125: Kory Mines (13-16)
133: No. 3 A.J. Schopp (25-3)
141: No. 4 Mitchell Port (26-3)
149: No. 16 Dave Habat (23-7)
157: Michael DePalma (20-10) OR Casey Fuller (7-10)
165: Johnny Greisheimer (15-11)
174: Patrick Jennings (12-20)
184: Vince Pickett (19-13)
197: Warren Bosch (12-15)
HWT: No. 20 Ernest James (20-9)Clarion (5-9, 2-2 EWL)
125: Tyler Fraley (14-9)
133: Joe Waltko (12-18)
141: Sam Sherlock (10-10)
149: Tyler Bedelyon (17-12)
157: No. 4 James Fleming (28-2)
165: Nick Milano (3-17)
174: Ryan Darch (9-14)
184: Steven Cressley (9-17)
197: Justin Ortega (17-11)
HWT: Phil Catrucco (17-20)