MORGANTOWN — Redshirt junior Zeke Moisey earned his third pin of the season at 125 pounds, as the WVU wrestling team topped No. 25 Pitt, 24-10, in the Backyard Brawl on Dec. 9, at the WVU Coliseum.
In defeating the Panthers (1-3), the Mountaineers (1-2) also earned two major decisions, at 149 and 174.
“Anytime you beat Pitt, it’s a good day,” coach Sammie Henson said. “We wanted to perform well. We knew that they had a tough team. We have a tough team. We concentrated on a lot of individual work with these guys this week. We followed the game plan, and it worked.”
Moisey started things off for the Mountaineers, taking on Brendan Price. In the first period, Moisey scored a pair of takedowns and earned two back points to take a 6-1 lead into the second. Moisey added two more takedowns before pinning Price, with 21 seconds left in the match, to give the Mountaineers a 6-0 advantage.
Pitt evened the score at 6-6 with back-to-back wins, at 133 and 141 pounds. Redshirt freshman Kyler Rea put WVU ahead with his victory at 149 pounds, a 15-3 major decision of Pitt’s Alesandro Murray.
Later, redshirt senior Parker VonEgidy earned four points for the Mountaineers with a 10-2 major decision of Pitt’s Austin Bell, at 174 pounds.
The Mountaineers were deducted two team points for unsportsmanlike conduct and loss of mat control.
WVU next travels to Blacksburg, Va., for a match against Virginia Tech, on Dec. 22.
The No. 10/11 Mountaineers welcome Coppin State to the WVU Coliseum in a 2 p.m. tip Dec. 10.
Tickets are $5 for general admission or $3 for youth/senior and groups of 10 or more. Students get in free with a WVU ID.
Fans can bring a new, unwrapped toy to receive a voucher for free admission to any future women’s basketball game. Girl Scouts and members of Stepping Stones and the Special Olympics are invited. Discounted tickets are available for those associated with all three groups.
WVU (8-0) has never lost to Coppin State in nine meetings dating to 2000. WVU won last season’s game, 69-39.
The Mountaineers downed rival Pitt, 73-52, on Thursday. Senior forward Teana Muldrow picked up her fourth double-double of the season — and the 14th of her career — with 20 points and 10 rebounds. Junior guard Katrina Pardee’s five 3-pointers set a career high.
The Eagles (1-8) are on a six-game skid. Genesis Lucas leads with 17.9 points per game in addition to 40 assists and 20 steals. Chance Graham averages 12.6 points and 9.0 rebounds per game.
Redshirt sophomore linebacker David Long Jr. was named to Pro Football Focus’ all-America team as a second-team selection, the organization announced.
Long Jr. missed four games due to a leg injury sustained during the offseason. He is the third-leading tackler on the Mountaineers’ defense, with 69, including 50 solo stops, a team-leading 13.5 tackles for loss and six pass breakups.