MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (Oct. 31, 2021) – The West Virginia University wrestling team made its debut at the annual Wrestle-Offs inside the WVU Shell Building over the weekend.
“I think we wrestled pretty hard. The guys and our conditioning looked pretty good, so it was a good day,” coach Tim Flynn said. “We still need to get some guys back, but hopefully by next weekend (at the Clarion Open) we will have a few more in the lineup.”
Sophomore Colton Drousias started things off with two wins by decision over freshman Jace Schafer at 125 pounds. Senior Caleb Rea followed by defeating freshman Blake Boyers, 4-1, in his only action of the day at 141 pounds.
At 149 pounds, a pair of redshirt sophomores clashed, as Jeffrey Boyd registered a one-point victory over Walker Heard (4-3), after Heard recorded a 9-3 decision against freshman Trey Johnson.
“We are pretty solid at that weight with some good guys in there. A couple tough kids, so we will see how that shakes out the rest of the year,” Flynn said.
Sophomore Caleb Dowling and redshirt junior Alex Hornfeck faced off in two tight matches at 157 pounds, with Dowling narrowly coming out on top in both by 3-2 and 4-2 decisions.
“Dowling looked good and obviously Hornfeck is a quality guy, so we are going to be well represented at that weight,” Flynn explained.
2021 NCAA qualifier Peyton Hall captured the first major decision of the day. The sophomore earned an 11-3 win over sophomore Jack Blumer at 165 pounds. Blumer came off a 2-1 win over redshirt sophomore Patrick Daum to earn a shot at Hall.
Then, senior Dennis Robin had himself a day at 174 pounds by winning a team-best three matches, including the only pin of the event in one minute and 30 seconds against junior Scott Joll. Redshirt sophomore Anthony Carman followed up Robin’s performance by claiming two matches of his own against sophomore Anthony D’Alesio at 184 pounds.
To close out Wrestle-Offs, both senior Jackson Moomau and redshirt sophomore Michael Wolfgram won big in their respective weight classes. Moomau earned a 12-4 major decision at 197 pounds, while Wolfgram registered a 21-4 tech. fall at heavyweight.
“Jackson looked good at 197. He handled moving up in weight well and then Michael did really well at heavyweight. I expect a big season from him,” Flynn concluded.
Up next, the Mountaineers officially start their season at the Clarion Open on Sunday, Nov. 7, before returning to Morgantown for the home opener on Saturday, Nov. 13, against No. 12 Oklahoma inside the WVU Coliseum. The Big 12 dual is set for 2 p.m. ET.
All results can be found below:
Colton Drousias dec. Jace Schafer, 2-1
Colton Drousias dec. Jace Schafer, 1-0
133/141 exhibition match: Michael Dolan dec Blake Boyers, 5-0
Caleb Rea dec. Blake Boyers, 4-1
Walker Heard dec. Trey Johnson, 9-3
Jeffrey Boyd dec. Walker Heard, 4-3
Caleb Dowling dec. Alex Hornfeck, 3-2
Caleb Dowling dec. Alex Hornfeck, 4-2
Jack Blumer dec. Patrick Daum, 2-1 UTB
Peyton Hall major dec. Jack Blumer, 11-3
Dennis Robin dec. Tucker Nadeau, 7-2
Scott Joll major dec. Kyle Myers, 15-4
Tucker Nadeau dec. Kyle Myers, 7-2
Dennis Robin dec. Scott Joll, 15-10
Dennis Robin wins by fall Scott Joll, 1:30
Anthony Carman dec. Anthony D’Alesio, 7-4
Anthony Carman dec. Anthony D’Alesio, 3-0
Jackson Moomau major dec. Nate Wickersham, 12-4
Tristan Kemp dec. Harrison Levans, 6-1
Michael Wolfgram tech. fall Tristan Kemp, 21-4
Press Release: WVU Athletic Department