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LIVE: WVU Wrestling at the NCAA Championships (Day One)



WVU Wrestling at NCAA Championships

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — WVU wrestling is competing at the NCAA Championships at the T-Mobile Center on Thursday on Day 1, which will see five wrestlers battle to get a spot in the quarterfinals on Friday.

WV Sports Now will provide coverage throughout the weekend, and I, Dominic Campbell, will do so live from the arena, as I travel Thursday morning to make it in time for the opening matches and will cover WVU wrestling throughout the weekend. This includes a post with live updates for each day, interviews with wrestlers and head coach Tim Flynn, as well as posts on big moments throughout the weekend.

125 Pounds: No. 19 Jett Strickenberger
Overall Record: 20-7 

No. 14 Stanford sophomore Nico Provo (19-6) defeated No. 19 WVU junior Jett Strickenberger (20-7) in the First Round in a 13-4 major decision after riding time.

Strickenberger takes on No. 30 California Baptist redshirt sophomore Elijah Griffin (20-12) in the Consolations.

Griffin would pin Strickenberger at 1:41, ending his time at the NCAA Championships.

141 Pounds: No. 13 Jordan Titus
Overall Record: 25-4

No. 20 Virginia Tech sophomore Tom Crook got revenge on No. 13 WVU Jordan Titus at 141 pounds by winning a 4-1 decision.

Titus faces No. 30 South Dakota State senior Clay Carlson (17-8) in the consolations. He defeated Carlson in a 6-5 decision back on March 9 in the Big 12 Championships.

He would defeat Carlson again, on a 5-3 decision to stay active in the NCAA Championships. He faces No. 14 Arizona State junior Jesse Vasquez (10-3) Friday morning.

149 Pounds: No. 5 Ty Watters
Overall Record: 25-4

Watters is coming off a Big 12 title at 149 pounds in his first season of collegiate wrestling.

He defeated No. 28 Missouri redshirt junior Logan Gioffre in the Round of 32, 19-4 (5:21) on technical fall. This is his second win over him, as he defeated his Big 12 foe back on Jan. 26 in a 6-1 decision. 

Watters will face No. 21 Oklahoma redshirt junior Willie McDougald (18-9) in the Round of 16 later tonight. He lost to McDougald back in December on an 8-5 decision.

Watters would get revenge, dominating McDougald on a 9-0 major decision after riding time. He faces No. 4 Virginia Tech sophomore Caleb Henson (27-2) in the Quarterfinals Friday morning.

165 Pounds: No. 9 Peyton Hall
Overall Record: 27-7 

Hall dominated No. 24 Purdue redshirt sophomore Stoney Buell (17-12) in the Round of 32, winning 17-2 on technical fall in their first ever matchup.

No. 8 Nebraska first-year Antrell Taylor (21-7) served as his opponent in the Round of 16 Thursday night.

Taylor took an early lead, 5-0, with a takedown and back points. Hall would make a comeback and got it close, but Taylor held on for the 11-9 victory.

Hall goes into the Consolation Rounds and takes on…

174 Pounds: No. 20 Brody Conley
24-8 Overall Record

Conley had a tough challenge in No. 13 Virginia graduate student Brody Conley in the Round of 32. McCoy defeated Conley back in late December at the Midlands Championships in an 11-6 decision.

McCoy got the better of Conley once again this time around, defeating him in an 8-4 decision.

Conley will battle with No. 29 NC State fifth-year Alex Faison (13-13) in the Consolations tonight, in their first matchup.

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