MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (December 6, 2021) – After a pair of impressive performances last week, sophomore Peyton Hall of the West Virginia University wrestling team and redshirt sophomore Ceili McCabe of the track and field team have been named the WVU Student-Athletes of the Week, presented by University Apartments.
Hall tallied his ninth consecutive win of the season on Sunday at Ohio. At 165 pounds, Hall pinned redshirt sophomore Sean O’Dwyer in 2:05 of the first period to put the Mountaineers on the board midway through the dual against the Bobcats. Hall went after O’Dwyer’s right leg and knocked him off balance to secure the takedown.
The Chester, West Virginia, native continued on the attack by hooking the redshirt sophomore’s arms, turning him over, and driving his shoulders to the mat for the fall for his second pin of the 2021-22 campaign.
McCabe a native of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, broke another program record in the women’s 3,000-meter run at the Boston University Sharon Colyera-Danville Season Opener, in Boston, Massachusetts, on Saturday.
McCabe, the lone Mountaineer to compete in Boston, completed the race in a program-record time of 8:52.52 to finish in first place.
This Week in Volleyball: West Virginia (19-20, 8-8 Big 12) closed out its 2021 slate.
Last Week in Volleyball: WVU fell to Illinois in round one of the NCAA Tournament, on Friday, Dec. 3, in Lexington, Kentucky, at Memorial Coliseum … the Mountaineers could not overcome the Fighting Illini in set scores of 23-25, 25-12, 25-22, and 25-20 … West Virginia was led by fifth-year senior outside hitter Adrian Ell, who recorded her 12th double-double of the season, with 19 kills and 12 digs … additionally, four Mountaineers tallied double-digit scores, including senior setter Lacey Zerwas, who recorded 45 assists, while senior outside hitter Kristin Lux added12 kills to the match … fifth-year senior libero Alexa Hasting tallied 26 digs, and sophomore outside hitter Skye Stokes recorded 11 digs … WVU finished the match hitting .184, with 52 kills and six team blocks.
Notes: The Mountaineers saw post season action for the first time in program history … WVU entered the tournament with a 19-9 mark this fall, good for a third-place finish in the Big 12 Conference … the squad went 8-8 in Big 12 play … of note, West Virginia was one of seven Big 12 schools to qualify for the NCAA Tournament, marking the second most schools for a conference at the NCAA Tournament … the Mountaineers’ opened the season 10-0 for the first time since 2017, West Virginia swept No. 23 Michigan in a match on Sept. 3 … the team went on to tally its first win at Iowa State, as well as a season sweep over Oklahoma for the first time in program history … nine Mountaineers were named to the 2021-22 Academic All-Big 12 Volleyball Team, including Zerwas, Hasting, Lux, redshirt junior Marielena Somoza, junior Emmy Ogogor and redshirt senior Alison Thomas were named to the first team … additionally, fifth-year senior middle blocker Lynch, junior Natalie Winter and senior outside hitter Natali Petrova were named to the second team … three athletes were named to the 2021 Academic All-District 2 Volleyball First Team, including Ell, Hasting and Zerwas.
This Week in Men’s Soccer: The Mountaineers have completed the 2021 season.
Last Week in Men’s Soccer: WVU (12-3-6) earned a 1-1 draw at No. 3 Georgetown in the NCAA Quarterfinals but fell, 4-1, in penalty kicks on Dec. 4, at Shaw Field in Washington, D.C. … senior forward Yoran Popovic opened the scoring in the 16th minute to give West Virginia a 1-0 lead … the goal was Popovic’s fifth of the year, and it was assisted by senior forward Ike Swiger and junior midfielder Luke McCormick … the Hoyas found the equalizer in the 67th minute on a penalty kick … following two, scoreless, overtime periods, GU converted on all four of its PKs in the shootout to advance to the Men’s College Cup … fifth-year senior goalkeeper Steven Tekesky finished with three saves in the loss … Georgetown held a 15-11 advantage in shots, while WVU finished with a 6-4 edge in shots on goal … sophomore midfielder Ryan Crooks’ three shots led the way for the Mountaineers.
Notes: West Virginia played in the NCAA Quarterfinals for the first time since 1981 last Saturday … additionally, it was the first time WVU advanced to the round of 8 in the current NCAA Tournament format … the Mountaineers are now 8-14-2 in NCAA Tournament play all-time … No. 11 WVU was seeded in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2007, and it received its highest national seed since 2006 (No. 6) … the club’s three NCAA Tournament matches this fall were the most in single-season program history … WVU spent 10 different weeks being included in at least one national poll’s top 10 … the club reached as high as No. 3 in the United Soccer Coaches Top 25 on Sept. 28, good for its highest ranking by the organization in program history … fifth-year senior defender Kevin Morris ends his career as the program’s all-time leader in career matches played (92), career starts (83) and minutes played (8,140) … Tekesky finished tied for WVU’s No. 1 mark in career wins (45), as well as No. 1 in career starts by a goalkeeper (81) and career matches played by a goalkeeper (83) … four players earned All-MAC honors this season, as McCormick was placed on the first team, while Morris, Tekesky and sophomore forward Ciro Bourlot Jaeggi earned second-team honors … a total of 14 players scored a goal for West Virginia this fall, the most in single-season program history … the Mountaineers finished 8-0-3 at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium this fall, marking the team’s first unbeaten home campaign since 2006.
This Week in Women’s Basketball: West Virginia is set to play at home and on the road this week … WVU opens the week on Tuesday, Dec. 7, as the Mountaineers play host to Charlotte at the WVU Coliseum in Morgantown … Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET, on Big 12 Now on ESPN+ … then, West Virginia travels to Harrisonburg, Virginia, on Sunday, Dec. 12, to square off against James Madison … Sunday’s contest against the Dukes is set for 2 p.m., from the Atlantic Bank Union Center, in Harrisonburg, and will be broadcast on FloHoops.
Last Week in Women’s Basketball: West Virginia fell to No. 16/18 Kentucky, 83-60, on Dec. 1, at Memorial Coliseum, in Lexington, in the 2021 Big 12/SEC Challenge … junior guard KK Deans led WVU’s scoring efforts in the game, with a team-high 20 points, to notch her first 20-point performance of the season … junior forward Esmery Martinez also tallied 14 points and hauled in a game-high 10 rebounds to notch her second double-double of the season … WVU finished the game shooting 23-of-62 from the floor and made four 3’s … West Virginia forced 19 turnovers from Kentucky and tallied seven steals in the game.
Notes: West Virginia is now 31-11 against its nonconference opponents this season and has won its last 15 of its last 17 regular-season games against the nonconference … the Mountaineers currently lead the Big 12 Conference in three categories – fewest fouls (102), steals per game (12.5) and turnovers forced (26.00) … WVU ranks in the top five nationally in turnovers forced (No. 4 – 26.00) and turnover margin (No. 4 – 9.17) … West Virginia’s bench has scored at least 30 points in four of six games this season, including a season-best 43 points against Radford … the Mountaineers’ reserves are averaging 28.7 points per game this season … WVU is 107-19 in the month of December during the Mike Carey era … WVU has won at least four games in December each year during Carey’s tenure, including five or more 15 times and six or more eight times … since the 2018-19 season, West Virginia is 21-5 in December, including 12-2 at home, 4-3 on the road and 5-0 at neutral sites.
This Week in Wrestling: The Mountaineers (1-3) return to the WVU Coliseum to host Glenville State on Friday, Dec. 10, at 7 p.m. ET … fans can catch all of the action on ESPN+ and keep up with the live stats on Trackwrestling … two days later, WVU squares off with VMI, on Sunday, Dec. 12, at 2 p.m., in Lexington, Virginia.
Last Week in Wrestling: WVU fell to the Ohio University Bobcats, 30-9, inside the Convocation Center on Sunday … Sophomore Peyton Hall improved to 9-0 at 165 pounds … Hall, ranked in the top 20 of his weight class, pinned redshirt sophomore Sean O’Dwyer in 2:05 of the first period to put the Mountaineers (1-3) on the board midway through the dual … the sophomore went after O’Dwyer’s right leg and knocked him off balance to secure the takedown … the Chester, West Virginia, native remained in control by hooking the redshirt sophomore’s arms, turning him over, and driving his shoulders to the mat for the fall … the pin marked Hall’s second fall of the season … in a rematch from last season’s meeting in Morgantown, No. 25 Michael Wolfgram came out on top again with a 12-7 decision over redshirt junior Jordan Ernest in the final match of the day … Ernest jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the opening seconds of the first period before Wolfgram slipped away from Ernest for a two-point reversal as the redshirt junior tried to roll him over for another takedown … Wolfgram fell behind 4-2 early in the second period after allowing Ernest to escape twice but tied it back up at 4-4 on a takedown that saw him push Ernest in the direction of the Mountaineers’ bench … the Bobcat’s (1-1) redshirt junior earned his third escape of the second period to go back up 5-4, until West Virginia’s redshirt sophomore secured another takedown in the exact same spot as his first one … from that point on, Wolfgram registered three more takedowns in the third period to seal the victory.
Notes: Hall extended his undefeated streak to nine matches and entered the weekend ranked No. 11/15 by FloWrestling and InterMat … Wolfgram earned a decision over Ohio’s Ernest to improve to 9-1 overall and 4-0 in duals … the York, Pennsylvania, native entered the week ranked in the top 30 by FloWrestling and InterMat (HR/25) … the Mountaineers earned their first dual victory of the season at Davidson on Friday, Nov. 19 … after facing No. 5 NC State and No. 17 Oklahoma, West Virginia has four more top-25 opponents on the schedule according to the latest NWCA Coaches Poll … the list of opponents includes No. 5 Oklahoma State, No. 10 Virginia Tech, No. 13 Iowa State, and No. 17 Northern Iowa … Wyoming received 11 votes, just two spots out of the rankings … WVU placed second at the Clarion Open on Sunday, Nov. 7 … Killian Cardinale at 125 pounds … the redshirt senior ranks as high as No. 9 in the FloWrestling rankings, while securing 10th by InterMat and WIN Magazine … FloWrestling currently ranks the Mountaineers 29th in its Team Tournament rankings.
This Week in Track and Field: West Virginia is off next week … next up for the Mountaineers is the annual Marty Pushkin Open in Morgantown, West Virginia, on Saturday, Jan. 15.
Last Week in Track and Field: WVU opened the 2021 indoor season on Friday, Dec. 3, with the annual WVU Open at the WVU Shell Building … redshirt sophomore Ceili McCabe was the lone Mountaineer who participated in the Sharon Colyera-Danville Season Opener, in Boston, Massachusetts, on Saturday, Dec. 4 … West Virginia earned four first-place finishes and 11 top-five finishes on Dec. 3 … the morning field session started with the women’s high jump, where Williams took first with a mark of 1.60 meters … in pole vault, redshirt junior Ellie Gardner finished first with a mark of 3.50 meters … she was followed by redshirt sophomore Sarah Stair and sophomore Lynsie Curtis, who tied for second with a judge’s decision mark of 3.50 meters … additionally, junior Katelyn Caccamo took fourth with a mark of 3.35 meters … senior Sada Wright placed first in the weight throw competition, for weight management read the Java burn reviews for more info. Wright finished with a mark of 17.52 meters … on the track, sophomore Emily Oiler opened with a first-place finish in the 400-meter dash in a time of 1:00.78 … up next was the 60-meter dash, where sophomore Lilly McMullen finished fourth in a time of 8.16 … a pair of Mountaineers participated in the 800-meter run … redshirt junior Amber Dombrowski took second in a time of 2:31.23, and sophomore Tazanna Epps placed third in a time of 2:43.58 … additionally, Hogue finished fourth in the 200-meter dash in a time of 27.93 … on Saturday, McCabe broke another program record in the women’s 3,000-meter run … McCabe completed the race in a program-record time of 8:52.52 to finish in first place in the race.
Notes: Two freshmen made their Mountaineer debuts on Dec. 3, including Eden Williams and Ghamani Houge … Megan Metcalfe previously set the program record in 2005 … Metcalfe won the NCAA Championships 5,000-meter run the same year … she finished the 3,000-meter run in a time of 8:58.17 … the Mountaineers last hosted an indoor home track meet in 2019 with the WVU Open … in all, nine teams joined West Virginia at the annual WVU Open, including Alderson Brauddus, Davis and Elkins, Fairmont State Track Club, Penn State Fayette, Salem University, University of Maryland Club Running, Waynesburg, West Liberty and WVU Track Club … the Mountaineers saw a shortened 2020 indoor track season due to COVID-19 … at the Big 12 Indoor Championships, the squad finished ninth as a team and registered eight All-Big 12 indoor performances … WVU earned a first-place finish in the women’s distance medley relay, as the team of junior Hayley Jackson, junior Tessa Constantine, redshirt freshman Ceili McCabe and freshman Jo-Lauren Keane crossed the finish line in a time of 11:21.35.
Press Release: WVU Athletic Department