The No. 24 West Virginia wrestling team traveled to Clarion, Pennsylvania Thursday for a dual match.
The Mountaineers are coming off a clean sweep of Kent State, Cleveland State and Duke on Sunday which allowed them to become ranked at No. 24 in the NWCA DI Coaches’ Poll. (Individual rankings are according to FloWrestlings Nov. 13 rankings)
The match started at the 125-pound weight class, where No. 24 Jett Strickenberger stayed unbeaten with an 8-4 decision over the Golden Eagles’ Joey Fischer, giving WVU a 3-0 advantage to begin the dual.
Clarion would be quick to answer at 133, a weight the Mountaineers have struggled to properly fill. It was an 8-2 decision for Scott Johnson over West Virginia’s Garhett Dickenson.
At 141 and 149, WVU would secure bonus points with a No. 19 Jordan Titus major decision and yet another pin by true freshman and student-athlete of the week No. 17 Ty Watters.
In the 157-pound bout, No. 33 Alejandro Herrera-Rondon of Clarion achieved a slight upset over No. 24 Caleb Dowling with a major decision. Those would be the last points of the match for Clarion.
No. 21 Peyton Hall got back on track after suffering a crippling loss Sunday against unranked Gaetano Console of Duke after getting caught and pinned in the first period, he beat his opponent by technical fall in 5:27; Score: 19-4.
From 174-285, West Virginia wrestlers took care of business ultimately putting the Golden Eagles away 31-7.
The Mountaineers will compete in the “Shorty” Hitchcock Classic all-day Saturday in Millersville, Pennsylvania.
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