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Carman concludes stellar day for wrestling in Blacksburg on Sunday

The West Virginia wrestling team competed with No. 10 Virginia Tech and Binghamton on Sunday in Blacksburg, Virginia, and a pair of Mountaineers finished with successful days in redshirt sophomore Anthony Carman and junior Scott Joll. 

Carman competed in the 184-pound weight class and went a perfect 3-0 on Sunday taking down Binghamton’s Sam Deprez and Cory Day as well as No. 10 Virginia Tech’s Simeone Holmes. The Glendale, West Virginia native registered two pins and a major decision to earn half of the Mountaineers six victories on the day. 

The first event that Carman competed in saw his opponent Deprez record a takedown in the opening 30 seconds of the first period to go up 2-0. Carman had to claw back after going down and did just that showing up with a pair of escapes to knot the event at 2-2 before the third period. After another Carman takedown, the redshirt sophomore tipped Deprez over and notched a pin to claim victory 5:26 into the matchup. 

Next up for Carman was Binghamton’s Day who also gave the Mountaineer a tough test as he went down 2-0 early in the matchup yet again. Carman turned things around much quicker this time making a move for a two-point reversal which gave him the knotted score. Not long after in the second period, Carman recorded another reversal for the 4-2 advantage heading to the third period. 

It didn’t take long for Carman to finish off Day as the Mountaineer won with a double-leg takedown in the third period for his second pin of the day. 

Carman’s final opponent in VT’s Holmes saw the redshirt sophomore record a 10-1 major decision to complete the clean sweep as the lone undefeated Mountaineer on the day. 

Joll enjoyed a successful day as well in the 174-pound weight class defeating Binghamton’s Jacob Nolan by a fall through 6:20. The junior’s performance included putting Nolan in a headlock before forcing a fall on the Binghamton wrestler through the six minutes. 

The first West Virginia victory of the day came from redshirt junior Alex Hornfeck who earned a final 10-2 major decision over Binghamton’s Tyler Martin. Hornfeck had three takedowns through the first three periods then added a couple more points, one for stalling and one for riding time to take the first West Virginia win in Blacksburg. 

The West Virginia wrestling team will now host both No. 4 Oklahoma State and Columbia next Sunday, January 16 inside the Coliseum at 1:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. with televising on Big 12 Now and ESPN+. 

Photo from WVU Athletics

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