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Hall Named Student-Athlete of the Week

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (December 13, 2021) – After a pair of impressive performances last week, sophomore Peyton Hall of the West Virginia University wrestling team was named the WVU Student-Athletes of the Week, presented by University Apartments. 

The Chester, West Virginia, native ranked in the top 20 of his 165-pound weight class. On Dec. 10, he pinned senior Hunter Jones of Glenville State in 2:13 for his third pin of the season. He took Jones down in the first minute of the match, hooked his arms, and went to work on flipping him over to capture the fall.  

The sophomore continued with a 21-6 tech. fall over VMI’s River Carroll on Dec. 12. The Chester, West Virginia, native took a commanding 8-1 lead into the second period after registering two takedowns and a four-point near fall in the first.  

He tallied five more takedowns and a reversal to capture five points to extend the Mountaineer’s lead to 23-0.  

This Week in Women’s Basketball: West Virginia heads back to Florida for a pair of contests at the 2021 West Palm Beach Invitational from Dec. 20-21 … WVU opens tournament play on Monday, Dec. 20, against South Florida at 1:15 p.m. ET, before concluding this week’s action vs. Michigan State on Tuesday, Dec. 21, at 11 a.m. … both games will be played at Keiser University in West Palm Beach … additionally, all contests from the West Palm Beach Invitational will be streamed on FloHoops. 

Last Week in Women’s Basketball: West Virginia picked up two wins against Charlotte and James Madison this week … the Mountaineers defeated Charlotte, 65-54, on Dec. 7, at the WVU Coliseum in Morgantown to open last week’s action … despite leading for nearly 33 minutes in the contest, WVU had to fend off a Charlotte team that was in attack mode from start to finish … the squad outshot the 49ers by 2.3%, and the defense forced 21 turnovers, including 12 steals, and cashed in 17 points off those chances … in all, the Mountaineers outscored the Niners in three of four quarters to get the win … WVU capped the week by defeating James Madison, 75-68, in overtime on Dec. 12, at Atlantic Bank Union Center in Harrisonburg, Virginia … the Mountaineers shot 7.9% better from the field and outscored the Dukes in three of five periods to earn the comeback win … in all, four different players finished in double figures five times last week, including junior guard KK Deans, who led WVU in scoring twice and averaged 18.5 points per game … of note, junior forward Esmery Martinez tallied a 10-point, 14-rebound double-double at James Madison, good for her third of the season. 

Notes: West Virginia is now 33-11 against its nonconference opponents this season and has won its last 17 of its last 19 regular-season games against the nonconference … Deans has now led WVU in scoring in five of the last six games … additionally, the Greensboro, North Carolina, native has tallied 10 or more points in her last 21 games … WVU is 109-19 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 23-5 in December, including 13-2 at home, 5-3 on the road and 5-0 at neutral sites … this season, WVU’s bench is averaging 21.3 points per game … the Mountaineers’ reserves have scored at least 30 points in four games this year, including a season-high 43 points against Radford. 

This Week in Wrestling: The Mountaineers are off this week … the squad returns on Monday, Dec. 20, for the team’s first tri-meet of the season … WVU plays host to Chattanooga and Cleveland State … the meet is set to begin at 10:30 a.m. ET and will be streamed live on ESPN+.  

Last Week in Wrestling: Sophomore Peyton Hall and redshirt sophomore Anthony Carman claimed pins to lead the West Virginia over Glenville State, 40-3, on Friday night … the Mountaineers held a 21-0 advantage midway through the dual … Hall pinned senior Hunter Jones in 2:13 for his third pin of the season … Carman gained his second pin of the season against No. 14 Cole Houser at 184 pounds … sophomore Colton Drousias opened the meet with a total of five takedowns toward a 13-2 major decision at 125 pounds … freshman Michael Dolan added a team-high seven takedowns and a pair of two-point near falls to claim a 20-5 technical fall in his dual debut at 133 pounds … No. 23/26 redshirt sophomore Michael Wolfgram registered a 13-3 major decision over the Pioneers’ Gavin Shamblin to conclude the night at heavyweight … senior Caleb Rea (141), redshirt sophomore Jeffrey Boyd (149), redshirt junior Alex Hornfeck (157), and junior Scott Joll (174) combined for 15 points in the victory …  WVU continued its weekend strong with a 36-3 victory over the Virginia Military Institute (VMI), on Sunday afternoon … Drousias dominated in the opening match at 125 as he recorded an 11-0 shutout and his first major decision of the season … Boyd and Hornfeck earned back-to-back major decisions by a combined score of 27-5 to launch the Mountaineers toward an 18-0 advantage at the midway point of the meet … to start the second half, No. 13/14 Hall delivered a 21-6 technical fall to put WVU up 23-0 … Carman added a 13-1 decision at 184 pounds … Wolfgram pinned his opponent in 2:20 to push West Virginia to a 30-point victory … Dolan (133), Rea (141), and Joll (174) combined for nine points off of three decisions. 

Notes: WVU stands even at 3-3 on the season … Hall extended his undefeated streak to 11 matches (11-0) at 165 pounds … the sophomore entered the weekend ranked No. 13/14 by FloWrestling and InterMat and after earning WVU Student-Athlete of the Week honors … Wolfgram went 2-0 and concluded the weekend with his second pin of the season and entered the week ranked in the top 30 by FloWrestling and InterMat (23/26) and improves to 11-1 on the season … the win for Dolan is the second dual victory of his college career … after facing No. 5 NC State and No. 17 Oklahoma, West Virginia has five more top-25 opponents on the schedule according to the latest NWCA Coaches Poll …  the Mountaineers placed second at the Clarion Open on Sunday, Nov. 7. 

Press Release: WVU Athletic Department

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