MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Three Mountaineers came away with wins as the West Virginia University wrestling team fell to No. 23 Edinboro, 27-10, in the final home dual of the season on Friday evening at the WVU Coliseum.
During their match against the Fighting Scots (9-5, 6-0 EWL), the Mountaineers (3-13, 1-3) celebrated the careers of nine seniors. Jake S. Smith
, Bryson Begley
, Louis Colonna
, James Dekrone
, William Jenkins
, Cory Stainbrook
, Tony DeAngelo
, Ty Millward
and Dylan Cottrell
were honored at intermissions.
Cottrell, ranked No. 11/19 at 165, earned a win on his Senior Night as he downed No. 13/9 Austin Matthews for the second straight year. No. 5 Jacob A. Smith
led the way with a major decision of Dylan Reynolds at 197 pounds while Joe Wheeling
topped Nate Hagan in a 4-1 decision at 133 pounds.
The Fighting Scots opened the match with a pin at 125 pounds for a 6-0 lead. Stainbrook dropped a tight, 5-4 decision to No. 19/18 Korbin Myers at 133 as Edinboro took a 9-0 lead.
After a scoreless first period at 141, Wheeling started on bottom in the second and used an escape and a takedown to take a 3-0 lead. He rode Hagan through the third, giving up a penalty point but taking the riding time point in the 4-1 victory to put WVU on the board, down 9-3.
The Mountaineers dropped back-to-back decisions at 149 and 157 as they trailed 15-3 entering Cottrell’s match at 165. He quickly went to work, scoring a takedown and a pair of nearfall points. He gave up the escape to Matthews, but took a 4-1 lead into the second period. Matthews started in the defensive position and earned an escape to make it 4-2 before Cottrell added to his lead with another takedown. Matthews escaped once more, but Cottrell took a 6-3 advantage into the third period. Opting for a neutral start, Cottrell added his third takedown of the bout and claimed the riding time point for the 9-3 decision.
West Virginia trailed 15-6 after Cottrell’s win, but again dropped back-to-back bouts. An Edinboro tech. fall at 174 and decision at 184 put the Fighting Scots ahead 23-6. Smith then added four points to the board with his major decision over Reynolds. A first-period takedown gave Smith a 2-0 lead, which he made 3-0 after escaping from bottom to start the second. Reynolds was called for stalling on four occasions, adding a trio of points to Smith’s lead. Smith scored five takedowns in the third period before tacking on the riding time point for a 17-5 win.
Entering the final bout down 23-10, the Mountaineers dropped a major decision at heavyweight to give Edinboro the 27-10 win.
West Virginia travels to Clarion on Sunday to close out the regular season. The Mountaineers and the Golden Eagles are set to square off at 2 p.m. inside Tippin Gym in Clarion, Pennsylvania.
No. 23 Edinboro 27, West Virginia 10
125: No. 9 Sean Russell (EU) pinned Devin Brown
165: No. 11/19 Dylan Cottrell
(WVU) dec. No. 13/9 Austin Matthews (EU), 9-3
174: Ty Schoffstall (EU) tech. fall Ty Millward
(WVU), 22-7 (5:48)
HWT: No. 13/14 Billy Miller (ED) major dec. Brandon Ngati