Mountaineers to Cap Regular Season

  • By Ashley Bailey
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  • February 16, 2017 05:37 PM
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va.  – The West Virginia University wrestling team will close out the regular season this weekend with a pair of matches. The Mountaineers will host No. 23 Edinboro at the WVU Coliseum on Friday night in a 7 p.m. dual before traveling to Clarion, Pennsylvania, for a 2 p.m. tilt with the Clarion Golden Eagles at Tippin Gym on Sunday.
Tickets for Friday’s match, as well as select concessions, will be $1 as part of Dollar Night. Fans can purchase tickets by calling 1-800-WVU-GAME, visiting WVUGAME.com or at the Mountaineer Ticket Office, located at the Gold Gate in the WVU Coliseum.  
The Mountaineers and the Fighting Scots meet for the 34th time since the series started in 1977. Edinboro leads the all-time series, 20-11-2. However, West Virginia claimed an 18-15 victory over the Fighting Scots in Pennsylvania last season. Dylan Cottrell earned an upset win over Austin Matthews at 157 pounds to lead the charge. The two are slated to meet at 165 pounds this season.
West Virginia brings a 23-14-2 series lead into Sunday's match at Clarion. The teams started the series in 1979. The Mountaineers have won six straight, including a 30-6 victory in Senior Day in Morgantown last year.
WVU will hold its annual Senior Night recognition against Edinboro on Friday. Seniors will be honored following every other bout. Nine Mountaineers will finish their WVU career at the end of the season: Dylan Cottrell, Cory Stainbrook, Tony DeAngelo, Ty Millward, William Jenkins, James Dekrone, Louis Colonna, Jake S. Smith and Bryson Begley.
WVU is coming off an historic 22-20 win over Iowa State last weekend in Morgantown. Trailing by 11 team points with three bouts remaining, Parker VonEgidy won in sudden victory at 184, while Jacob A. Smith added a major at 197 as the team found itself down 20-16. Freshman heavyweight Brandon Ngati then pinned Joe Scanlan in the second period for his second win of the season, giving the Mountaineers the win. It marked the first Big 12 dual match win in WVU program history.
The Mountaineers used three bonus-point victories on their way to Sunday's win. In addition to Ngati's fall at heavyweight and Smith's 12-0 major decision at 197, Cottrell returned after a short absence and won by fall at 165 pounds. Cottrell is now tied with Cory Stainbrook and Christian Monserrat for the team lead with three pins. He leads WVU with six bonus-point victories on the season: three falls, two tech. falls and a major decision.
A historic win garnered honors for a pair of Mountaineers. Smith was named the Big 12 Co-Wrestler of the Week, while Ngati was named WVU Co-Student-Athlete of the Week. Smith went 2-0 with a win by injury default over No. 7 Nate Rotert of South Dakota State in addition to Sunday's major decision. It marked the second time this season and the fourth time in his career Smith has earned the honor Ngati went 1-1 on the week. His pin reached No. 5 on the NCAA's Top 10 plays of the week and was also mentioned as a top moment by The Open Mat.


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