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Past NCAA finalist Moisey to redshirt at WVU

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- West Virginia University wrestling coach Sammie Henson made a pair of changes to his prospective lineup this week, announcing on Friday that Zeke Moisey will sit out the 2016-17 season, while senior Dylan Cottrell will compete at 165 pounds.

Moisey, who enters his third year with the Mountaineers, will redshirt the season after competing at 125 pounds in his first two seasons. Most notably, the native of Northampton, Pennsylvania, upset four seeded opponents on his way to a runner-up finish at the 2015 NCAA Championships in St. Louis, Missouri. Moisey earned an at-large bid to the 2016 NCAA Championships, but was forced to withdraw due to injury.

"With a solid line up at the lower weights, including senior Cory Stainbrook and the addition of Mathew Schmitt, we are fortunate enough to redshirt Zeke and give him another year to improve," said Henson, who enters his third season at the helm of the Mountaineers.

Cottrell will make the jump from 157 pounds to 165 pounds in his final campaign with the Mountaineers. After starting his career at 149 pounds at Appalachian State, the Spencer, West Virginia, native finished third at 157 pounds at the 2016 Big 12 Championship to earn a bid to the 2016 NCAA Championships. Cottrell narrowly missed earning All-America honors in New York, bouncing back from a first-round loss to defeat Neal Richards of VMI, Richie Lewis of Rutgers and No. 16 Markus Scheidel of Columbia before dropping a 5-3 match in the blood round to No. 6 seed Joe Smith of Oklahoma State.

"After a full summer of lifting and training, Dylan looks to be a solid 165 pounder," said Henson. "We expect him to contend for All-American status."

West Virginia will open the 2016-17 season at home when the Mountaineers host Campbell, Pitt and Ohio in the Mountaineer Quad at the WVU Coliseum on Sunday, Nov. 6.

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