West Virginia Wrestling

WVU Ends Regular Season With Big Win Over Ohio

MORGANTOWN, W.VA. (February 21, 1999) -- The 17th-ranked West Virginia wrestling team (7-4 overall/5-2 EWL) ended the regular season strong with a 24-10 victory over Ohio (10-6-1 overall) at the WVU Coliseum on Sunday afternoon for senior day.

Senior Whitey Chlebove, ranked ninth in the nation at 141, set the tone for the match as the first bout with a 25-8 technical fall in 6:49 of Ohio's Andy Reichenbach. The win extends Chlebove's winning streak to eight. The Northamton, Pa., native has not lost a match since mid-January at the National Duals against No. 1 ranked Oklahoma State. The win also moves Chlebove into a tie for seventh on the WVU all-time win list with 87 career wins. He ties John Koss (1994-1997). Against Reichenbach, Chlebove scored eight takedowns and only allowed one.

WVU's other nationally ranked senior Sam Kline, ranked 10th at 174, also earned a win for the Mountaineers with a 6-1 win over John Wervey. Kline earned a takedown and a two-point near fall plus 1:31 of riding-time in the first period alone.

The Mountaineers were without two nationally ranked wrestlers. Bob Patnesky, ranked 15th at 133 was out with a knee injury. Junior Vince Pellis was back in the line-up at heavyweight in place of 15th-ranked Sean Hage who aggravated his shoulder against Edinboro on Friday. Pellis and Neal Harvey wrestled to a 1-1 tie at the end of regulation. With 0:16 left in the sudden victory overtime, Pellis lifted Harvey's leg and drove him down for a takedown to win the match 3-1. Both Hage and Patnesky are expected to be back for the Eastern Wrestling League tournament on March 5-6.

Third-ranked Vertus Jones avenged a loss from two year's ago to Josh Heffernan at 184 with 6-2 victory. Jones remains undefeated in dual matches this year and holds a 23-3 overall record this season.

Angelo Zegarelli played the takedown and escape game with Mike Caruso on his way to a 24-11 major decision. Zegarelli scored 11 takedowns and gave 11 escapes in the victory.

Freshman Joe Carr earned a 5-1 victory over Aaron Cooper at 149. The two wrestled to a 0-0 scoreless first period. Carr road Cooper for the entire second period to earn 2:00 of riding-time plus earned a two-point near fall.

Richard Taylor earned a comfortable 8-4 win over Shawn Brightman at 165. Taylor scored a takedown in each of the three periods.

"This match was good for us," said Coach Craig Turnbull. "It gives us the momentum we need as we head in to the EWL and NCAA tournaments. I believe that this team is a better tournament team than dual meet team."

The Mountaineers have just under two weeks off before traveling to Cleveland for the Eastern Wrestling League tournament on March 5-6. The EWLs also serve as the NCAA qualifier. The top four finishers in each weight class are guaranteed a trip to the NCAA tournament at Penn State on March 18-20. West Virginia Wrestling

#17 West Virginia 24 -- Ohio 10
February, 21, 1999 -- WVU Coliseum
Referee Fred Ambrose

141 #9 Whitey Chlebove (W) T-fall Andy Reichenbach (O), 25-8/6:49
149 Joe Carr (W) dec. Aaron Cooper (O), 5-1
157 Adam Whitlach (O) dec. Tom McMath (W), 7-2
165 Richard Taylor (W) dec. Shawn Brightman (O), 8-4
174 #10 Sam Kline (W) dec. John Wervey (O), 6-1
184 #3 Vertus Jones (W) dec. Josh Heffernan (O), 6-2
197 Dan Bednar (O) maj. dec. Phil Eliya (W), 13-4
HWT Vince Pellis (W) dec. Neal Harvey (O), 3-1 sv
125 Angelo Zegarelli (W) maj. dec. Mike Caruso (O), 24-11
133 Colin O'Donaghue (O) dec. Ibin Lateef (W), 9-4

FINAL 24 - 10
WVU 7-4 overall, 5-2 EWL
Ohio 10-6-1 overall


Return to the February 1999 score page
Return to the Scores Index Page
Return to the WV-Mat front page
Eastern Wresling League (EWL) page
WVU Wrestling Home Page