The West Virginia University wrestling team travels to the 13th annual Jonathan Kaloust Bearcat Open, hosted by Binghamton University, on Sunday, Nov. 13. The event is set to begin at 9:30 a.m., EST, inside the Events Center in Vestal, New York.
“We just want to see our guys build off last week’s performance and continue to improve,” fifth-year coach Tim Flynn said. “Guys are working on little things that we saw from last weekend and like you do throughout the year, you try to fix these little areas until you are hard to beat by the end of the year.”
In the team’s first appearance at the Bearcat Open and second tournament of the year,
Flynn and his staff are sending 22 wrestlers, including a pair who will wrestle unattached, to join more than 225 other wrestlers in competition. The Mountaineers will face off against grapplers from No. 1 Penn State and No. 7 Cornell, along with Bucknell, Buffalo, Clarion, Columbia, Franklin & Marshall, Ithaca, Nassau Community College, Navy, Big 12 foe Northern Colorado and Princeton.
In the polls, WVU had six Mountaineers ranked in the second addition of this year’s FloWrestling rankings – No. 9 Killian Cardinale (125), No. 20 Sam Hillegas (149), No. 7 Peyton Hall (165), No. 16 Anthony Carman (184), Honorable Mention Austin Cooley (197) and No. 17 Michael Wolfgram (HWT).
It’s the first time the program has had six wrestlers ranked nationally at the same time since 2012, when No. 23 Shane Young (125), No. 25 Nathan Pennesi (133), No. 29 Michael Morales (144), No. 21 Lance Bryson (174), No. 16 Matt Ryan (184) and No. 17 Brandon Williamson (HWT) made the list ahead of the postseason (EWL and NCAAs).
As a team, West Virginia remains steady in the NWCA rankings with seven votes. WVU is joined in the rankings by Big 12 members No. 3 Missouri, No. 9 Iowa State, No. 11 Oklahoma State, No. 19 North Dakota State, No. 22 Northern Iowa, South Dakota State (16 votes), and Wyoming (5 votes).
Below is the full list of Mountaineers competing on Sunday by weight class:
- Jace Schafer
- Jordan Titus and Michael Dolan
- Jeffrey Boyd, No. 20 Sam Hillegas, Brayden Ivy and Michael Pescatore
- Caleb Dowling, Alex Hornfeck, Walker Heard and Joseph Chiappazzi
- No. 7 Peyton Hall, Patrick Daum and Jack Blumer
- No. 16 Anthony Carman and Brian Finnerty
- HM Austin Cooley and Nathan Wickersham
- No. 17 Michael Wolfgram and Leonardo Muzika
- Brayden Roberts
- Dennis Robin