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Mountaineer Wrestlers Begin 2022 Season with Strong Showing at Southeast Open

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Making its third appearance at the Southeast Open, the West Virginia Wrestling Team opened the 2022-23 season with several wrestlers reaching the podium.

Fifth-year coach Tim Flynn took 30 wrestlers to compete at the annual event, hosted at Roanoke College in Salem, Virginia, and walked away with three champions, five second place finishers and a third place holder.

Redshirt junior Anthony Carman, Sophomore Michael Dolan and freshman Brody Conley each earned a first place medal for West Virginia.

Carman scored a 7-3 decision over Virginia Tech’s Samuel Fisher to win the tournament crown at 184 pounds. Conley grabbed the top spot in the 174-pound freshman/sophomore division after going undefeated at 5-0, finishing off his day with a 4-0 decision over North Carolina’s Cade Tenold. Dolan was victorious at 141 pounds, claiming an 8-2 decision over The Citadel’s Dillon Roman in the title match to complete a five-win day.

Freshmen Brian Finnerty (184 pounds) and Brayden Ivy (149) and junior Sam Hillegas (149) each earned second place in their respective divisions, all falling in their championship bouts. Redshirt junior Michael Wolfgram (heavyweight) and redshirt sophomore Austin Cooley (197) also finished runners-up.

Alex Hornfeck, a redshirt senior for the Mountaineers, recorded a third place finish at 157 pounds after going 4-1 in five matches. Hornfeck was one of just two West Virginia wrestlers who were returnees at the Southeast Open, as he finished runner-up in the same division during the Mountaineer’s last trip to the tournament in 2019.

In total, West Virginia compiled nine finalists and 15 wrestlers within the top six of their respective divisions.

The Mountaineers will next compete in the Jonathan Kaloust Bearcat Open next Sunday, Nov. 13, at Binghamton University in Vestal, New York.

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