WVU wrestling takes on Wyoming in regular season finale
The West Virginia University wrestling team wraps up the 2022 regular season against Wyoming inside the WVU Coliseum as part of Senior Night on Friday, February 18 at 8 p.m. ET.
“We have another quality Big 12 opponent,” fourth-year coach Tim Flynn said. “They (Wyoming) have six ranked kids and, again, it’s going to take a solid effort for us to beat them.”
Senior Night begins at 7:40 p.m., where the team will celebrate recognizing Anthony Cicciarelli, Jackson Moomau, Tucker Nadeau and Lucas Seibert for what they each brought to the WVU program.
“Obviously Cicci (Cicciarelli) was only here a year, but I think he’s really succeeded with the program. He’s a hard worker and he does everything you want a kid to do,” Coach Flynn explained, “The other three were great for our program. When we got here, we needed good, hard-working guys who went to class, did the right thing, and really embodied what we were looking for in a mountaineer.
The Friday Night Duel has been declared Friday Night Happy Hour, where fans can enjoy half-price drinks from 7-8 p.m. The first 250 fans to attend will also receive a replica competition t-shirt, and Family Night packages, which include four tickets and a $15 coupon, are still available for just $25.
Additionally, Mountaineers will Lace Up 4 Pediatric Cancer by creating golden laces in support of the fight against pediatric cancer, benefiting Go 4 the Goal Foundation and WVU Medicine Children’s.
Masks are strongly encouraged at WVU Athletics venues during public events.
Fans can catch all the action live on Big 12 Now on ESPN+, as Eric Little and Tony Onorato will be on the call. Live stats are available on Trackwrestling.
West Virginia (6-7, 1-5 Big 12) and Wyoming (3-5, 3-4 Big 12) meet for the fifth time in the all-time series, as UW holds a 3-1 advantage, including a 2-1 lead since joining the Big 12 in 2015.
The two first faced off in 2010, which saw UW escape with a one-point victory over WVU in Vestal, New York, to start the season.
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After a nine-year hiatus, the Mountaineers and Cowboys would continue to play each other for the next three seasons from 2019 to 2021. 11 Cowboys earned a 33-15 win in the second meeting, before the Mountaineers outlasted the Cowboys , 17-16, a year later at home. Senior Caleb Rea (141), redshirt junior Alex Hornfeck (157) and junior Scott Joll (174) all had wins in the one-point win. Rea and Hornfeck each recorded a major decision to put WVU ahead by four at the halfway mark (11-7). Joll added a 9-7 decision, followed by former standout Noah Adams leading, 9-8, to complete the team’s wins at home.
Wyoming responded with a 21-12 win over West Virginia in the shortened 2021 campaign. A quartet of new additions in senior redshirt Killian Cardinale (125), redshirt sophomore Ryan Sullivan (133), sophomore Peyton Hall (165 ) and redshirt sophomore Michael Wolfgram (HWT) picked up victories in their first games toward the series against Wyoming.
WVU is coming off a 21-16 victory over Utah Valley, where West Virginia has won three of the last five games to secure its first Big 12 win of the season. UW enters Friday’s showdown on a three-game winning streak, with all three wins coming by six points or less.
In the polls, three Mountaineers remain steady in the NCAA Midseason Coaches Poll ahead of the March 17-19 NCAA Division I Championships. Cardinale (125) and Hall (165) rank in the top 10 at No. 7 and No. 9, respectively, while Wolfgram checks in at No. 25 in the heavyweight division.
With Hall at No. 1 and Wolfgram at No. 18, five other teammates earned a spot in the top 33 on the Ratings Percentage Index (RPI), which includes freshman Garett Lautzenheiser (133) at No. 31, Rea (141) at No. 32, Hornfeck (157) at No. 29, runner-up Dennis Robin (174) at No. 26 and redshirt runner-up Anthony Carman (184) at No. 15.
Six Cowboys rank in the latest NCAA coaches poll, including four in the top 20 in their respective weight classes. The wrestlers listed are No. 5 Stephen Buchanan (197), No. 15 Jacob Wright (157) and Hayden Hastings (174), No. 28 Cole Moody (165) and No. 33 Jaron Jensen (149).
Seven Big 12 teams signed up for this week’s NWCA Top 25 Coaches Poll, including No. 5 Iowa State, No. 9 Missouri, No. 12 Oklahoma State, No. 17 Northern Iowa, No. 24 Oklahoma and No. 25 Oklahoma South Dakota State, while North Dakota State received four votes in the poll.
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Rankings by team: NWCA
Individual rankings: NCAA Coaches Survey