MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- Four Mountaineers posted perfect records as the No. 21/23 West Virginia wrestling team went 3-0 to open the season at the Mountaineer Quad on Sunday afternoon at the WVU Coliseum in Morgantown. WVU topped Drexel, 26-7, before winning a 26-14 dual against Campbell. The Mountaineers capped the day with a thrilling 22-14 victory over rival Arizona State.
No. 3/4 Zeke Moisey (125) and No. 16/18 Dylan Cottrell (157) each went 3-0 on the day, with Moisey recording a major decision and Cottrell adding a major and a tech. fall. Parker VonEgidy (174) registered a trio of major decisions, while No. 9 Jacob A. Smith (197) had a pair of bonus-point victories, including a pin that led WVU to the win over the Sun Devils.
"I think we battled the whole time, every match today," said second-year head coach Sammie Henson. "I think we had some great things like we always do as well as some things we need to work on. I felt like our guys went out there as a team and competed together as a team. I really thought that came through in the final match."
West Virginia officially opened the season against Drexel, taking a 6-0 lead with decision wins by Moisey (125) and Cory Stainbrook (133). The Dragons earned wins at 141 and 149 pounds, giving Drexel the 7-6 advantage with a bonus-point victory at 149. Cottrell won a 10-2 major at 157 pounds over Drexel's Richard Viruet to put the Mountaineers back in front, 10-7. Ross Renzi followed up with a 4-1 decision over Austin Rose at 165 pounds while VonEgidy recorded his first major of the day by a score of 9-1 over Nicholas Elmer. Bubba Scheffel (184) then topped Stephen Loiseau, 2-1, as West Virginia took a 16-7 advantage. Smith (197) and A.J. Vizcarrondo (HWT) picked up decision wins to give the Mountaineers the 26-7 victory.
Moisey started WVU off with a 4-0 lead over Campbell, scoring a 16-4 major decision over Tyler Walker at 125 pounds. The Camels took a win a 133 pounds to cut the deficit to one point, down 4-3, before Tony DeAngelo padded the WVU lead with a pin of Zack Barker in 6:44 at 141 pounds, putting the score at 10-4. Campbell won a major decision at 149 pounds before the Mountaineers responded with a 23-7 tech. fall by Cottrell over Daniel Richardson early in the third period at 157. WVU dropped the 165-pound match but gained four points with a 12-4 major decision by VonEgidy over Matthew Olauson at 174 pounds, putting the Mountaineers on top 19-11. The Camels took a win at 184 pounds to cut the deficit to five at 19-14, but a major decision at 197 by Smith over Austin McNeil, 13-1, put the match away. Vizcarrondo tacked on a few more points with a 2-0 decision win over Jere Heino as the Mountaineers earned the 26-14 triumph.
Looking to make it three in a row over Arizona State, Moisey opened with a 6-2 decision over Mikel Perales at 125. Stainbrook won an injury default at 133 pounds to put WVU ahead, 9-0. Back-to-back wins by the Sun Devils at 141 and 149 cut into the lead, but Cottrell earned a 6-2 decision over Oliver Pierce at 157 to push the Mountaineers in front by six at 12-6. Renzi lost a heartbreaker in sudden victory at 165 pounds, but VonEgidy struck back with an 11-2 major decision over Preston McCalmon at 174 as WVU took a 16-9 lead. No. 4 Blake Stauffer topped Scheffel in a 4-1 decision at 184 to put the score at 16-12 going into the final two matches.
Smith and Josh Dasilveira battled a tight match at 197, going scoreless through the first period before Smith took a 3-2 lead after an escape and a pair of stalling calls on Dasilveira in the second. Dasilveira tied the score with an escape early in the third before scoring a takedown on Smith to lead 5-3. With under 30 seconds to go in the bout and ASU looking for a crucial win, Smith scored a reversal on Dasilveira to tie the score at 5-5 before putting his back to the mat for the pin at 6:38. The Sun Devils won a 6-2 decision at heavyweight, but were deducted a team point midway through the 197-pound match as West Virginia claimed its third straight win over Arizona State by a score of 22-14, moving the series to 3-1 in favor of WVU in the Sammie Henson/Zeke Jones era.
The Mountaineers head to Troy, New York, next Sunday to compete in the Northeast Duals. WVU will square off with Michigan (11:15 a.m.), Buffalo (1:15 p.m.) and Oregon State (3:15 p.m.) in a trio of dual matches at Hudson Valley Community College.
No. 21/23 West Virginia 26, Drexel 7
125: No. 3/4 Zeke Moisey (WVU) dec. Zachary Fuentes (DU), 5-3
133: Cory Stainbrook (WVU) dec. Franco Ferraina (DU), 7-4
141: No. 10 Kevin Devoy (DU) dec. Tony DeAngelo (WVU), 8-3
149: No. 17 Matthew Cimato (DU) major dec. Jake S. Smith (WVU), 17-7
157: No. 16/18 Dylan Cottrell (WVU) major dec. Richard Viruet (DU), 10-2
165: Ross Renzi (WVU) dec. Austin Rose (DU), 4-1
174: Parker VonEgidy (WVU) major dec. Nicholas Elmer (DU), 9-1
184: Bubba Scheffel (WVU) dec. Stephen Loiseau (DU), 2-1
197: No. 9 Jacob A. Smith (WVU) dec. Joshua Murphy (DU), 10-4
HWT: A.J. Vizcarrondo (WVU) dec. Joey Goodhart (DU), 2-1
No. 21/23 West Virginia 26, Campbell 14
125: No. 3/4 Zeke Moisey (WVU) major dec. Tyler Walker (CU), 16-4
133: Nathan Kraisser (CU) major dec. Cory Stainbrook (WVU), 15-6
141: Tony DeAngelo (WVU) pinned Zack Barker (CU), 6:44
149: Quentin Perez (CU) major dec. Jake S. Smith (WVU), 14-3
157: No. 16/18 Dylan Cottrell (WVU) tech. fall Daniel Richardson (CU), 23-7 (5:39)
165: Paul Duggan (CU) dec. Tim Wheeling (WVU), 5-2
174: Parker VonEgidy (WVU) major dec. Matthew Olauson (CU), 12-4
184: Ville Heino (CU) dec. Bubba Scheffel (WVU), 3-1
197: No. 9 Jacob A. Smith (WVU) major dec. Austin McNeil (CU), 13-1
HWT: A.J. Vizcarrondo (WVU) dec. Jere Heino (CU), 2-0
No. 21/23 West Virginia 22, Arizona State 14
125: No. 3/4 Zeke Moisey (WVU) dec. Mike Perales (ASU), 6-2
133: Cory Stainbrook (WVU) over Dalton Brady (ASU) inj. default (3:55)
141: Robert Mathis (ASU) dec. Tony DeAngelo (WVU), 11-6
149: Matthew Kraus (ASU) dec. Jake S. Smith (WVU), 3-2
157: No. 16/18 Dylan Cottrell (WVU) dec. Oliver Pierce (ASU), 6-2
165: Jacen Peterson (ASU) dec. Ross Renzi (WVU), SV-1 3-1
174: Parker VonEgidy (WVU) major dec. Preston McCalmon (ASU), 11-2
184: No. 4 Blake Stauffer (ASU) dec. Bubba Scheffel (WVU), 4-1
197: No. 9 Jacob A. Smith (WVU) pinned Josh DaSilveira (ASU), 6:38
HWT: Tanner Hall (ASU) dec. A.J. Vizcarrondo (WVU), 6-2
Arizona State deducted one team point during the 197-pound match.