Charlottesville, Va. – The West Virginia University wrestling team opened the 2014 season with two dual meet victories at the Virginia Duals quad meet.
“It is very important each year, that first contest, we get a good reading on what is and is not working,” says coach Craig Turnbull. “ This was important to identify what things guys need to work on, and that is always a reason we look forward to that first day of competition. It is very early, and we saw things that were promising and some things we are concerned about.”
The Mountaineers came out strong, defeating Gardner-Webb, 24-12. WVU claimed six bouts over the Runnin' Bulldogs, highlighted by sophomore Bubba Scheffel
's pin over Gardner-Webb's Aaron Rabin in the first period of the 174 pound match.
The Mountaineers' second meet of the day came against Anderson. WVU blanked the Trojans, 46-0. The Mountaineers won two matches by falls and another by technical fall. Scheffel tallied his second pin of the day over Anderson's Brain Onofrio. In the 184 pound bout, sophomore Mark Colabucci
pinned the Trojans' Taylor Dorsett.
WVU closed the day against Virginia. The Cavaliers entered the contest with six wrestlers ranked in InterMat's top 20 for their respective weight classes. The Mountaineers fell to UVA, 41-6. A.J. Vizcarrondo
claimed his first victory of the season against the Cavaliers heavyweight, Derek Papagianopoulos.
Freshman Cory Stainbrook
went 2-1 on the day at 125 pounds. Against the Runnin' Bulldogs' Cortez Starkes, Stainbrook won by major decision after earning two takedowns and three points for a near fall in the first period. He continued the momentum into his second match against Anderson's Cory Monteforte, recording a technical fall at 3:59 in the match. Stainbrook outscored Monteforte 16-1.
At 133 pounds, sophomore Daniel Suite
bounced back from dropping his first match. Suite defeated the Trojans' Keenan Simmons by a major decision,19-5. Suite tallied four takedowns and two reversals in the match.
Senior Colin Johnston
wrestled at 141 pounds, and started the day with a win by decision over Gardner-Webb's Ryan Mosley. Johnston took control of the match in the third period, recording a reversal and a two-point near fall to clinch the 9-3 decision. In match two, Johnston matched up against Anderson's Zak Hale. After taking a 4-2 lead in the first, Johnston went on to win the decision, 9-7, after earning an escape point and riding time in the third.
The Mountaineers wrestled two at 149 pounds today, first with junior Mike Morales against the Runnin' Bulldogs' Tyler Ziegler. Morales shutout Ziegler, taking him to the mat twice and earning a three-point near fall on his way to a 10-0 major decision.
Sophomore Tre Miller-Scott
wrestled at 149 pounds against the Trojans' Ian Harper. Miller-Scott scored three early takedowns in the first period, defeating Harper 7-3.
At 157 pounds, junior Brutus Scheffel
won his first two matches by major decisions. In match one, Scheffel defeated Gardner-Webb's Cole Graves 14-5. Scheffel came back in the second bout against Anderson's Zane Newton. Scheffel tallied six takedowns and a three-point near fall in the 17-5 major decision.
Sophomore Ross Renzi
matched up against the Runnin' Bulldogs' Austin Trott at 165 pounds in his first bout of the day, falling by decision, 3-4. Renzi rebounded though in match two, defeating the Trojans' Stephen Wylie 12-5 after scoring four takedowns.
turned in the most dominating performance today, earning two victories by fall. In the first bout against Gardner-Webb's Rabin, Scheffel earned the pin 1:30 into the match, after already scoring a two-point near fall. Scheffel then pinned Anderson's Brian Onofrio in 55 seconds.
Two Mountaineers split duty at 184 pounds, first with senior Mac Mancuso
against the Runnin' Bulldogs' Gray Jones. Mancuso scored an escape point in overtime to win the 2-1 decision.
Colabucci wrestled the second bout against the Trojans' Taylor Dorsett. After scoring three near falls, Colabucci earned the pin at 5:31.
recovered after losing his first match in heavyweight to Gardner-Webb's Justin Kozera. Vizcarrondo claimed the Mountaineers only victory over UVA, defeating Derek Papagianopoulos.
Freshman Wayne 'Dink' Purnell won the second heavyweight bout against Anderson. Purnell was trailing 1-0 in the second period before Anderson's Brendon Lathan was injured on a takedown by Purnell.
“By the time we get through December, we should have solidified our lineup and be able to build on it throughout the year. Virginia was a good team and it was a wake up call for a couple of our guys to really turn up their intensity. By January we should have a team that we feel really good about,” Turnbull says.
WVU travels to Binghamton, N.Y., for the Binghampton Open on Sunday, November 10.
West Virginia University Match-by-Match Results
WVU vs. Gardner-Webb
149 Mike Morales def. Tyler Ziegler (10-0)
174 Bubba Scheffel
def. Aaron Rabin (6-0) (Fall at 1:30 in first period)
197 Boyce Cornwell def. Leo Trindade (3-2)
HWT Justin Kozera def. A.J.Vizcarrondo (3-2)
WVU def. Gardner-Webb (24-12)
WVU vs. Anderson
174 Bubba Scheffel
def. Brian Onofrio (Fall at 0:55 in the first period)
HWT Wayne Purnell def. Brendon Lathan (Inj. default at 4:41)
WVU def. Anderson (46-0)
WVU vs. Virginia
197 Zach Nye def. Leo Trindade (10-1)
UVA def. WVU (41-6)