The West Virginia University wrestling team begins its 2022-23 season in Salem, Virginia, at the Southeast Open inside the Cregger Center on the campus of Roanoke College this Saturday, Nov. 5. Tournament play is set to start at 10 a.m., ET.
Fans can stream all the action live on FloWrestling. Live scoring and interactive brackets are also available through FloArena.
“We are really excited to just wrestle different people,” fifth-year coach Tim Flynn said. “It’s the first measuring stick of the year, so I think it’s a really important tournament to see where we have improved and where we still need work.
“I know all of the guys are excited, the staff is excited, so we’re looking for a big weekend.”
Flynn and his staff are bringing 30 wrestlers, including eight unattached, to battle in the program’s third appearance at the annual event. Their last appearance came at the start of the 2019-20 season, where the Gold and Blue came out of the tournament with eight top-five finishes in Flynn’s second season.
Redshirt senior Alex Hornfeck and senior Scott Joll are the only returners that competed in the event three years ago, as Hornfeck finished runner-up at 157 pounds and Joll grabbed fifth at 174 pounds; both in the freshman/sophomore division.
Teams joining WVU at the open include No. 11 Virginia Tech, No. 16 North Carolina, as well as Appalachian State (8) and Campbell (5), who both earned votes in the first NWCA Division I Wrestling Coaches Poll. Columbia, the Citadel, Davidson, Franklin & Marshall, Gardner-Webb, VMI, and Virginia complete the list of Division I programs attending.
Division II Newberry College and Division III Roanoke College will be competing, along with a variety of club and high school teams as well.
In the polls, junior Peyton Hall, a 2022 NCAA All-American, enters the open ranked eighth at 165 pounds, while redshirt junior Michael Wolfgram checks in at No. 16 on FloWrestling’s heavyweight list. Redshirt junior Anthony Carman joined the duo by sealing one of the nine honorable mention spots in FloWrestling’s rankings at 184 pounds.
As a team, the Mountaineers garnered seven votes in the NWCA Preseason Poll.
- Jace Schafer (freshman/sophomore division)
- Colton Drousias
- Jordan Titus
- Michael Dolan (freshman/sophomore division)
- Jeffrey Boyd
- Sam Hillegas
- Brayden Ivy (freshman/sophomore division)
- Caleb Dowling
- Alex Hornfeck
- Walker Heard
- Nick Cicciarelli (freshman/sophomore division)
- No. 8 Peyton Hall
- Patrick Daum
- Jack Blumer
- Scott Joll
- Brody Conley (freshman/sophomore division)
- Anthony Carman
- Brian Finnerty (freshman/sophomore division)
- Austin Cooley
- Nathan Wickersham (freshman/sophomore division)
- No. 16 Michael Wolfgram
- Leonardo Muzika (freshman/sophomore division)
- Blake Boyers (freshman/sophomore division)
- Brayden Roberts
- Trey Johnson (freshman/sophomore division)
- Andrew Sharer
- Dylan Kohn (freshman/sophomore division)
- Dennis Robin
- Kyle Myers
- Tristian Kemp (freshman/sophomore division)