Wrestlers Defeat Clarion, 22-18
February 20, 1999
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Virginia’s Matt Roth (Wescosville,Pa./Parkland) notched a pin 5:29 into the match, giving him his 42nd careerwin and his 26th career pin and staking the Cavaliers to a 6-0 lead in thefirst bout of the night. His 42nd career dual match win ties him for theall-time record with Mike Krafchick (1991-92, 1994-95) and he continues tomake Virginia history by adding to his career-leading total with his falltonight.
The Cavaliers took a 9-0 lead after 133 as Bob Seidel (Wall,N.J./Wall) defeated his opponent 9-6. The Golden Eagles won threeconsecutive bouts, however, to take a 10-9 lead halfway through the match.Joey Legg (Gloucester, Va./Gloucester) battled the nation’s top-rankedwrestler Mark Angle at 141 and lost 23-7, but did not give up any near fallpoints, thus giving Clarion only four team points.
Jim Harshaw (Cranberry Township, Pa./Seneca Valley) recorded histenth pin of the season in the first period to tie the Cavalier record forpins in a season, and in the process gave Virginia a 15-10 lead. AfterClarion recorded a technical fall just before time expired at 174 to tiethe match, Ryan McGrath (Blairstown, N.J./Blair Academy) won 2-0 at 184 topush the Cavaliers back in front 18-15.
In the 197-pound bout, Craig Fenstermaker (Hilton Head,S.C./Northampton (Pa.)) notched a reversal and got three near fall pointsas time expired to notch an 11-3 victory and giving the Cavaliers fourcrucial team points with the major decision. With Fenstermaker’s win, theCavaliers led 22-15. In the evening’s final bout, Ryan Painter (Rainelle,W.V./Rainelle) lost 5-3 to Clarion’s Jesse Shirey, but the Cavaliersprevailed in the team score by a final of 22-18.
Tonight’s match was the final dual match of the season for theCavaliers, who end the season with a 9-5-1 dual match record. Next up forVirginia is the 1999 ACC Wrestling Championships, which will be held inUniversity Hall on Saturday, March 6. The Cavaliers have finished secondthe last two years in the ACC tournament to North Carolina.
Wgt Result Team Score (UVA-Clarion)125 Roth (UVA)WBF John Weible 5:29 6-0133 Seidel (UVA) dec. Brad Collins 9-6 9-0141 Angle (C) tech fall Legg 23-7 9-4149 Stan Spoor (C) dec. John Pozniak 5-3 9-7157 Shane McChesney (C) dec. John Christopher 1-0 9-10165 Harshaw (UVA) WBF Pete Kroshefskie 1:31 15-10174 Jason Moaney (C) tech fall John Qualter (6:55) 17-2 15-15184 McGrath (UVA) dec. Bob Topper 2-0 18-15197 Fenstermaker (UVA) maj. dec. Eric Mausser 11-3 22-15HWT Shirey (C) dec. Painter 5-3 22-18