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The 2019-20 wrestling season kicked off Sunday for the Mountaineers when they traveled to Virginia Tech to compete in this year’s edition of the Hokie Open. The team participated in the event without one of its best wrestlers from a year ago, redshirt junior Matthew Schmitt.

As the season dwindles down, the Mountaineers are looking forward to the postseason and qualifying wrestlers for the NCAA tournament in March. But first, West Virginia has one final regular season dual on Feb. 24 at South Dakota State. 

After picking up victories in two of their last three matchups, the West Virginia wrestling team looks to finish the season strong as they take on Army on Friday — the last home meet for the Mountaineers of the 2018-19 season.

In a season that has not gone its way, the West Virginia wrestling team will look to make strides in the right direction as it participates in three contests this weekend.

On Sunday, WVU redshirt sophomore Matthew Schmitt claimed his first career tournament win in the 133-pound weight class open division at this year’s Hokie Open in Roanoke, Virginia, along with 10 other Mountaineers that placed in the top-five.

Following two straight losses, the West Virginia University wrestling team looks to clash against a couple of Big 12 affiliates in the state of Colorado.

Although the West Virginia wrestling team (3-5, 2-3 Big 12) has teetered on the win/loss line this season, a couple of positives have remained constant.

For only the second time in program history, the West Virginia wrestling team recorded a Big 12 win, starting off the contiguous portion of their conference schedule with an upset of the 18th-ranked Oklahoma Sooners, 24-12.

WVU head coach Sammie Henson and his crew of Mountaineer wrestlers traveled to Blacksburg, Virginia to take part in the 21st Black Diamond Brawl against 10th-ranked Virginia Tech. Unfortunately, the Mountaineers dropped their third match of the season, 30-6.

Jake A. Smith competed in his first dual and Zeke Moisey picked up his his second fall of the season as the WVU wrestling team upset No. 25 Pitt, 24-10.

The WVU wrestling team will join 46 colleges and universities in Sin City for this season’s Cliff Keen Las Vegas Wrestling Invitational.

Along with being in one of the premier wrestling conferences in the country, the allure of West Virginia University exists in the leadership of fourth-year head coach Sammie Henson and the beliefs that he and the coaching staff have instilled.

Immediately, West Virginia was down 6-0. Mountaineer head coach Sammie Henson had no healthy wrestlers make weight for 141 for the meet with the Nebraska Cornhuskers; more than half a dozen wrestlers were out with injuries heading into the 2017 home slate.


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