Wrestling to Brawl With No. 13 Fighting Scots

  • By Jonathan Hevron
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  • February 21, 2014 11:27 AM
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Sophomore Bubba Scheffel (174) leads the Mountaineers with 28 victories and 15 wins by fall this season.
MORGANTOWN, W.Va.  – The West Virginia University wrestling team concludes its dual match season on Saturday, Feb. 22, at No. 13 Edinboro at 7 p.m.
“We had a real mixed bag of efforts in our last match, and that is just part of the sport,” says coach Craig Turnbull. “I think we will respond fine at Edinboro, and it will be a very challenging match. They are having a great year and are coming off a big win at Pittsburgh. Timing for (Colin) Johnston and (Mike) Morales is really good for their matchups. This weekend will allow them to wrestle top-caliber opponents with Big 12 Conference championships coming up.”
The Mountaineers (11-6, 0-3 Big 12) split their matches last weekend, defeating Clarion, 28-7, on Feb. 14, and then falling on the road to Ohio, 26-19, on Feb. 15.
No. 13 Johnston (141) extended his win streak to seven matches, highlighted by four consecutive wins over ranked opponents. Johnston moved into No. 6 in program history for single season pins with his ninth win by fall coming on Feb. 15 against the Bobcats. Johnston has a team-high 16 dual match wins, with his lone loss occurring on Nov. 2 to then-No. 19 Joe Spisak of Virginia, and a team-best 42 takedowns.
Sophomore Bubba Scheffel (174) improved his program record for single-season pins, winning by fall for the 15th time this season, sticking Ohio’s Marshal Willet in 2:51. Scheffel leads West Virginia with a mark of 28-7 on the season and ranks ninth in the country for pins. He is currently on a four-match win streak and a win this weekend would move him into fifth place in program history for wins by a sophomore.
Morales (149) enters this weekend ranked No. 20 by the Amateur Wrestling Newsmagazine, marking his first appearance in the poll this season. Morales is coming off a last-second takedown to defeat then-No. 16 Tywan Claxton of Ohio, 6-4. Morales has won five straight matches, two against ranked opponents.
The Fighting Scots come into the contest 9-3 on the season and 5-0 in the Eastern Wrestling League. In its last outing, Edinboro upset then-No. 6 Pitt on the road, 17-16. The Fighting Scots travel to Kent State tonight, Feb. 21, before hosting the Mountaineers on Feb. 22.
Seven of Edinboro’s 10 starters enter the weekend ranked by Intermat. No. 2 A.J. Schopp (133) is 26-1 on the season, while teammate No. 1 Mitchell Port (141) remains unbeaten this season with 22 victories.
West Virginia is 10-17-2 all-time against Edinboro, with its last victory coming in 2012. In last season’s matchup, the Fighting Scots downed the Mountaineers, 29-9.

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