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No. 19 WVU Wrestlers Rout Glenville State in Regular Season Finale



WVU Wrestling Michael Wolfgram

MORGANTOWN, W.Va.— The No. 19 ranked WVU wrestlers capped off its regular season on a high note, defeating Glenville State 42-3 alongside the University’s Beauty and the Beast Meet inside the WVU Coliseum on Sunday afternoon.

West Virginia finished with a 10-5 overall record and 2-5 in Big 12 competition, the same record in both standings as last season, as the Mountaineers earned their third finish above the .500 mark in head coach Tim Flynn’s six seasons at the helm.

“I think it’s just big to score points,” Flynn said. “You have to treat every opponent the same whether they’re a Division I or Division II wrestler, a really good wrestler or a not so good wrestler. That’s the way you have to wrestle in these upcoming tournaments, and for the most part, I think our guys did that.”

The Mountaineers improved to 4-0 all-time against Glenville State, who came in ranked No. 23 in the NCAA Division II poll. The Pioneers are coached by former West Virginia wrestler Dylan Cottrell, who won the first Big 12 championship in program history during his time as a Mountaineer.

West Virginia claimed nine of the meet’s 10 matches, which included five technical fall victories, two major decisions and a pin. Sunday was the first time since Dec. 10 that all 10 of the Mountaineers’ normal starters were in the lineup together.

Jett Strickenberger began the match with a 16-1 technical fall victory over Hunter Ross at 125 pounds. After Gavin Quiocho defeated West Virginia’s Davin Rhoads 11-4 at 133, the Mountaineers claimed the final eight consecutive bouts.

No. 11 Jordan Titus and No. 7 Ty Watters claimed back-to-back technical fall victories at 141 and 149 pounds. Caleb Dowling narrowly defeated Guy Deleonardis 10-8 at 157 before No. 8 ranked Peyton Hall grabbed another technical fall over Brady Ross at 165 pounds.

Brody Conley followed with the meet’s lone pin, taking down Zach Holstion in 2:17 at 174 pounds. Dennis Robin beat Isaiha Casto via technical fall at 184. Austin Cooley and Michael Wolfgram then closed the match with two straight major decision wins at 197 and 285.

The Mountaineers will be idle for nearly three weeks until they compete in the Big 12 Tournament at the BOK Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on March 9 and 10.

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