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West Virginia Wrestling Claims Redemption, Dominates Ohio for 28-9 Win



WVU wrestler Peyton Hall

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. —  With their last meeting against Ohio in the back of their minds, the Mountaineers used a fast start in Friday’s matchup with the Bobcats to claim a 28-9 victory inside the WVU Coliseum.

West Virginia’s win brushed off a 30-9 defeat at the hands of the Bobcats last season, as the Mountaineers were victorious in seven of the 10 matchups.

The Mountaineers claimed four consecutive victories to begin the match to jump out to a 16-0 advantage, with all four wrestlers scoring the first points of the bout via an early takedown and never trailing in the matchup.

No. 7 ranked Killian Cardinale defeated Oscar Sanchez 6-2 at 125 pounds to claim his first dual meet victory of the season. Davin Rhoads followed with another 6-2 decision over Gio DiSabatano at 133 before Jordan Titus cruised by Aidan Waszak 14-2 at 141. Jordan Hillegas, who is ranked No. 24 at 149 pounds, pinned Pierce Taylor in 1:11 to close off the string of victories.

Ohio’s Peyten Kellar put the Bobcats on the board by edging Alex Hornfeck 8-6 at 157 pounds. Hornfeck used a reversal, a takedown and back points to lead Kellar 6-0 in the first period, but Kellar tallied eight consecutive points over the final two periods to steal the victory.

The Mountaineers’ No. 8 ranked Peyton Hall then defeated Jordan Slivka 10-3 at 165 pounds, pushing West Virginia’s match lead back up to 19-3.

At 174, Ohio’s Sal Perrine used a takedown to defeat Brody Conley 3-1 in overtime. Following a scoreless first period, Perrine took a one-point lead after escaping Conley at the start of the second. Conley used the exact same method to tie the match at the beginning of the third, leading to Perrine recording a takedown right off the whistle in sudden death.

West Virginia’s Anthony Carman sealed the meet victory for the Mountaineers by recording a 6-5 victory over Zayne Lehman at 184 pounds, igniting a cheer from the crowd inside the Coliseum. The No. 14 ranked Carman trailed 4-0 in the second period before recording a reversal to cut the deficit in half.

Carman began the third period in defensive position and used another reversal to force a 4-4 tie. Lehman eventually escaped to go ahead 5-4, but Carman recorded a takedown with just 17 seconds remaining to grab the win.

Carson Brewer defeated West Virginia freshman Ian Bush 6-1 at 197 pounds before No. 19 ranked heavyweight Michael Wolfgram finished off the meet with a pinfall victory in 2:20 over Jacob Padilla.

West Virginia improves to 5-1, marking its best start through six matches under Flynn. The Mountaineers travel to Pitt at 2 p.m. Sunday for a dual meet with the Panthers inside the Fitzgerald Field House.

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