MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- The West Virginia University wrestling team concluded its home schedule with a 28-7 victory over Clarion at the Beauty and the Beast tonight.
"We started the match extremely well," says coach Craig Turnbull. "We are happy to win all of the matches we did, but I want to see us wrestle with more intensity and be more aggressive on the mat. Again, though, it is good to come out of tonight with a good team win."
At 125 pounds, freshman Cory Stainbrook broke into the program's top 10 for single season wins by a freshman, defeating Hunter Jones, 9-5. Jones took Stainbrook down midway through the first period to take a 2-0 lead, but Stainbrook knotted the match with a reversal. Stainbrook started on top in the second period and turned Jones to his back for a two-point nearfall. Leading 4-2, he wrestled Jones to his back once again late in the period, this time for a three-point nearfall.
No. 15 senior Colin Johnston (141) won his team-high 15th dual match of the season, and sixth straight, beating Tyler Bedelyon, 10-2. Johnston took an early 5-0 lead over Bedelyon, bringing him to the mat and to his back in the first few seconds. He extended his lead with his team-best 38th takedown of the season. Ahead 7-1 at the start of the second period, Johnston took Bedelyon to the mat for a third time on the way to the major decision.
At 149 pounds, junior Mike Morales extended his win streak to four with an 11-4 decision over Justin Arthur. Morales struck first with an early takedown. With a 2-1 edge in the second period, Morales reversed Arthur and put him on his back for a two-point nearfall. Morales scored a second and third takedown in the third period.
With the Mountaineers leading the Golden Eagles, 16-4, sophomore Ross Renzi (165) defeated Michael Pavasko, 3-2. Renzi connected on a shot in the first period to take an early 2-0 lead. A pair of escape points from Pavasko knotted the match at two. In the third period, Renzi started on the bottom, allowing him to break the tie with an escape of his own.
Sophomore Bubba Scheffel (174) recorded his team-best 27th victory of the season, downing Ryan Darch, 6-4. Scheffel wrestled Darch to the mat in the first period, taking a 2-1 advantage into the second. He rode Darch out during the entire period, and scored an escape in the third. Scheffel tallied a second takedown late in the third to seal the decision.
At 184 pounds, senior Mac Mancuso (184) brought Dusin Conti to the mat in sudden victory and turned him for a three-point nearfall to win, 6-1. After a scoreless first period, Conti tallied an escape point to start the second period. Trailing 1-0 heading into the third, Mancuso earned an escape to knot the bout.
Freshman Leo Trindade (197) scored an early takedown in the first to give himself a 2-1 lead to start the second. He extended the lead with a reversal midway in the period before giving up an escape point to Daniel Sutherland. Trindade held on to win the decision, 4-3.
West Virginia is back in action on Sunday, Feb. 16, in Athens, Ohio, against the Ohio Bobcats at 2 p.m.
125: Cory Stainbrook (WVU) wins by decision over Hunter Jones (Clarion), 9-5
133: Nathan Pennesi (WVU) wins by forfeit
141: No. 17 Colin Johnston (WVU) wins by major decision over Tyler Bedelyon (Clarion), 10-2
149: Mike Morales (WVU) wins by decision over Justin Arthur (Clarion), 11-4
157: Austin Matthews (Clarion) wins by major decision over Tim Wheeling (WVU), 11-2
165: Ross Renzi (WVU) wins by decision over Michael Pavasko (Clarion), 3-2
174: Bubba Scheffel (WVU) wins by decision over Ryan Darch (Clarion), 6-4
184: Mac Mancuso (WVU) wins by decision over Dustin Conti (Clarion), 6-1 (Sudden Victory)
197: Leo Trindade (WVU) wins by decision over Daniel Sutherland (Clarion), 4-3
HWT: Evan Daley (Clarion) wins by decision over A.J. Vizcarrondo (WVU), 3-1