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WVU roundup: Mountaineers win golf match

Created on:   Tue, Feb 13, 2018   7:39 PM

Last modified:   Tue, Feb 13, 2018   7:39 PM

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PALM CITY, Fla. — Three Mountaineers finished in the top five and the WVU golf team shot 12 under par to win the Martin Downs Collegiate, at Martin Downs Golf Club, on Tuesday.

Freshman Matthew Sharpstene set a program record with a low round of 64 for 8 under par. He finished as the runner-up in the tournament.

“Great effort by all the guys this week, especially our freshmen,” WVU coach Sean Covich said.

The Mountaineers previously took home top honors at the VCU Janney Shootout, in September.

Sitting in fourth place after two rounds of play, WVU jumped three spots to top Seton Hall, Elon and UNC Greensboro. The Mountaineers shot 297-278-276—851, besting Seton Hall by two strokes (853). Host UNCG finished third (855) and Elon took fourth (859).

Sharpstene finished with a three-round score of 74-71-64—209 for 7 under, two strokes back from Seton Hall’s Gregor Tait.

Fellow freshman Mark Goetz and junior Max Sear tied for third place, with scores of 210.

Freshman Logan Perkins tied for 42nd place, shooting 225. Sophomore Philipp Matlari tied for 57th, with a 231

Playing as an individual, senior Avery Schneider finished at 214 for 12th place. Junior Tristan Nicholls tied for 25th with a score of 219. Sophomore Etienne Papineau rounded out the crew, shooting 224 to tie for 38th place.

WVU returns to the Sunshine State from Feb. 24-25 for the Seminole Intercollegiate, hosted by Florida State, in Tallahassee.


Mountaineers Zeke Moisey and Jacob A. Smith remain in the national rankings, as announced by FloWrestling, Intermat and The Open Mat.

Moisey checks-in at No. 14 in both The Open Mat and Intermat’s 125-pound rankings. He comes in at No. 15 in FloWrestling’s top 20. The redshirt junior has a team-leading 19 wins.

Smith appears in Intermat’s top 20 at No. 18 at 197 pounds. The redshirt senior holds a 9-6 mark.

The Mountaineers (5-6, 4-4 Big 12) will cap their regular-season slate with a pair of nonconference duals this week — Thursday, at Edinboro, and Sunday’s Beauty and the Beast Meet, against Clarion. Senior wrestlers Smith and Parker VonEgidy will be honored.


DAYTONA, Fla. — In his first ARCA Series race of 2018, RFMS driver Travis Braden was among the top drivers in the final lap of the Lucas Oil 200 when a multi-car crash cost him a chance for a top three finish.

Braden, a Wheeling native and graduate of WVU who drove the MatrixCare-Consonus Healthcare-Liberty Village No. 27 car, gave this statement:

“We were in a great position to finish in the top three, possibly even winning the race going into the final lap. Unfortunately the nature of Super Speedway racing means everyone is trying to win at the end and on the last lap the leaders spun right in front of us.

“I want to thank my fans, our great RFMS Racing Team and owner Don Fike, and our sponsors for their tremendous support. We learned a lot at Daytona, and we have 19 more races to run this year. We’re looking forward to going to Nashville in April.”