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    Indiana defeats West Virginia, Rader makes debut

    MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- The No. 13 Indiana University wrestling team improved to 9-0 on the year with a 29-9 road victory at West Virginia (0-4) Saturday afternoon. Indiana won seven of 10 bouts on the day. The Hoosiers have limited all nine opponents to nine points or less.

    Angel Escobedo got things started for the Cream and Crimson in the 125-pound match, defeating Shane Young, 12-4. Escobedo (20-0) controlled the tempo throughout the match en route to his sixth major decision of the year.

    West Virginia held a lead momentarily after taking the next two decisions at 133 and 141 pounds. Matt Coughlin would put an end to that quickly, however, dominating Brandon Loro at 149 pounds. Coughlin's 14-4 major decision gave the Hoosiers an 8-6 advantage on the team scoreboard, an edge they would not relinquish the rest of the way.

    Coughlin's win started a four-bout streak in which IU posted bonus points. Kurt Kinser notched a 16-4 major decision, followed by a pin and technical fall for Paul Young and Trevor Perry.

    Young's opponent, Donnie Jones, is a two-time NCAA Qualifier and has been ranked as high as No. 13 this season. Young made quick work of him though, sticking Jones in just under two minutes (1:55). Perry nearly one-upped his teammate, connecting on his lethal headlock right off the opening whistle. After Christian Mory fought his way out of Perry's grasp, Perry continuously racked up points until the match was halted due to technical fall at 21-6.

    At 184-lbs., Eric Cameron battled No. 19 Matt Ryan in a tight 7-4 defeat for the Mountaineers third and final win. Matt Powless and Nate Everhart then concluded the match with back-to-back decisions, pushing Indiana's final lead to 29-9.

    133 lbs.- Colin Johnston (WVU) dec. over Matt Ortega (IU), 8-2; (4-3)
    141 lbs.- Brandon Rader (WVU) dec. over Danny Monaco (IU), 14-7; (4-6)
    149 lbs.- Matt Coughlin (IU) maj. dec. over Brandon Loro (WVU), 14-4; (8-6)
    157 lbs.- No. 12 Kurt Kinser (IU) maj. dec. over Kyle Eason (WVU), 16-4; (12-6)
    165 lbs.- No. 14 Paul Young (IU) pins Donnie Jones (WVU), 1:55; (18-6)
    174 lbs.- Trevor Perry (IU) tech. fall over Christian Mory (WVU), 21-6; (23-6)
    184 lbs.- No. 19 Matt Ryan (WVU) dec. over Eric Cameron (IU), 7-4; (23-9)
    197 lbs.- Matt Powless (IU) dec. over Kyle Rooney (WVU), 8-6; (26-9)
    285 lbs.- No. 6 Nate Everhart (IU) dec. over Brandon Williamson, 6-0; (29-9)

    Indiana wraps up the non-conference schedule on Jan. 16 with a pair of home dual matches versus American and Cleveland State. Those matches are slated to start at 10 a.m. inside University Gym.

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