February 17, 2012

Vikings Host West Virginia on Sunday

Feb. 17, 2012

Contact: Tim Ertle

Follow CSU on TWITTER
Follow CSU Wrestling on TWITTER
CSU Athletics on YouTube

CSU-WVU Notes (2.19.12)Get Acrobat Reader

CLEVELAND STATE PROBABLES:
125 - Ben Willeford (So. - Baton Rouge, La.)
133 - Nick Flannery (So. - Framingham, Mass.)
141 - Josh Palivoda (Sr. - Raymond, Ohio)
149 - Lawrence Cavello (Sr. - Willard, Ohio)
157 - Brandon Sommers (So. - Macedonia, Ohio)
165 - Corey Carlo (Jr. - Fairview Park, Ohio)
174 - Aric Thurn (Jr. - Clyde, Ohio)
184 - Robert Blankenship (Fr. - Plain City, Ohio)
197 - Nick Anthony (Jr. - Fairborn, Ohio)
285 - Garry Yarborogh (Fr. - Garfield Heights, Ohio)

SETTING THE SCENE: The Cleveland State wrestling team (6-13, 0-5 EWL) will conclude the 2012 regular season this Sunday (Feb. 19) when West Virginia (7-4, 2-2 EWL) visits Woodling Gymnasium at 2:00 p.m. The Mountaineers will visit No. 20 Edinboro (9-2, 4-0 EWL) on Saturday (Feb. 18) before making the trip to Cleveland.

THE SERIES: Sunday will be the 35th meeting between Cleveland State and West Virginia with the Mountaineers leading the all-time series, 24-10. West Virginia has won every dual since 2001 - a span that covers 11 consecutive meetings. The last time CSU beat West Virginia was on February 17, 2001 when the Vikings were victorious, 22-19.

ABOUT THE MOUNTAINEERS: Of WVU's four losses, three have come against nationally ranked teams. WVU fell to then-No. 3 Penn State, 34-6, on Dec. 11. On Jan. 6, WVU lost to then-No. 13 Maryland, 22-15. After a 25-10 loss to Bloomsburg on Jan. 21, WVU fell to No. 9 Pittsburgh, 26-12, on Feb. 5.

WEST VIRGINIA PROBABLES:
Coach Craig Turnbull's probable lineup, with records heading into the weekend:
125: Shane Young (Jr.) - 19-5
133: Nathan Pennesi (R-So.) - 24-6
141: Michael Morales (So.) 10-2
149: Brutus Scheffel (R-Fr.) 18-12
157: Dominic Prezzia (Fr.) 14-14
165: Kyle Eason (R-Sr.) 14-14
174: Lance Bryson (R-Jr.) - 20-11
184: Matt Ryan (R-Sr.) - 15-3
197: Mac Mancuso (R-So.) - 15-6
285: Brandon Williamson (R-Sr.) - 21-6

LAST TIME ON THE MAT: Cleveland State received wins from Ben Willeford (125) and Lawrence Cavello (149) in a Feb. 11 loss to host Clarion. Willeford gave the Vikings a 3-0 lead when he beat Clarion's Trey Hicks on a 2-0 count to improve to 16-15 overall and 9-19 in dual meet matches. The Vikings dropped the 133-pound bout via major decision and the 141-pound battle on a pin to fall behind 12-3, but Cavello brought CSU closer with his 8-7 win over Cameron Moran. Cavello improved to 4-10 overall and 3-6 in duals. Clarion took the final six bouts and closed with 33 consecutive points.

TOUGH TESTS: The 13 teams that have defeated CSU have a combined record of 140-84 (.625) in duals, and the Vikings have only lost to three teams that aren't ranked in the top-25 or the Mid-Major poll. Included in that group are No. 9 Pitt (13-1), No. 13 Kent State (13-5), No. 20 Edinboro (9-2) and No. 23 Old Dominion (13-8).

FLANNERY TIED SCHOOL RECORD: With his pin of Lock Haven's John Trumbetti at the 1:35 mark on February 3rd, Cleveland State 133-pound sophomore Nick Flannery etched his name in the school record book alongside Tony DiGiovanni (1973-74, 1975-76) and Tim Payne (1978-79) for the most dual meet pins in a season with six.

EWL THIS WEEK: Below is the Eastern Wrestling League schedule this week:
Friday - February 17
Bloomsburg at Lock Haven Edinboro at Pittsburgh
Kent State at Clarion
Saturday - February 18
West Virginia at Edinboro
Sunday - February 19
Lock Haven at Clarion
West Virginia at Cleveland State
Pittsburgh at Penn State

UP NEXT: The Vikings will compete in the Eastern Wrestling League Championships on March 4 in Clarion, Pa. Last year, the Vikings took seventh place.

The head coach: Ben Stehura (Lock Haven '00)
At Cleveland State: 15-56 (four years) ... Overall: 41-106-1 (eight years)

THE STEHURA FILE: Ben Stehura is in his fourth season as the head coach of the Viking wrestling program, and has recruited a talented group of young wrestlers that expect to make noise in the Eastern Wrestling League this year. Stehura has a history of developing young talent, as he has coached seven NCAA qualifiers, three NCAA All-Americans and two Olympic alternates over the past seven years. Stehura joined CSU in 2008 after building a successful program at Limestone in Gaffney, S.C. The first head coach in Limestone's history, Stehura took the team from three wins his first year to 13 in 2007-2008. Stehura will use his experience with coaching a young program to lead the Vikings during the 2011-12 season, working to improve in EWL competition and continuing the history and tradition of CSU wrestling.

Viking Highlights

More Headlines

February 1, 2014 Vikings Fall to Lock Haven
January 24, 2014 Vikings Fall to Edinboro
December 13, 2013 2013 CSU Open Promo
December 5, 2013 Vikings Sign Four Wrestlers
November 17, 2013 King Goes 2-0 in Indiana
February 10, 2013 CSU Falls to Clarion, 23-9