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2019-20 Early Lineup Look: West Virginia

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photo courtesy of WVU Athletics

After 21 years of heading an Edinboro program that “did more with less” any other DI program, Tim Flynn finally moved on and took over the West Virginia program for the 2018-19 season. Flynn led Edinboro to five top-ten finishes and was named the NCAA’s DI Coach of the Year after earning an NCAA team trophy with a third-place showing in 2015. In year one at West Virginia, Flynn’s team scuffled to a 4-14 record and settled in at ninth in the Big 12. There were plenty of bright spots, as five Mountaineer wrestlers qualified for nationals, which was the highest number for the program since 2014. While four of those national qualifiers are back in 2019-20, only three of them will compete for WVU. During the first season under Flynn and his staff recruiting has improved dramatically. West Virginia is located in between wrestling powerhouses Ohio and Pennsylvania and the incoming class is filled with wrestlers from those two states, along with some home-state flavor. This year’s Mountaineer squad is expected to be young, as many as five weights could be handled by freshmen, and only one senior is penciled into the starting lineup. Here is a look at what we can expect from WVU in year two under Flynn.

Previous “Early Lineup Looks”

Arizona State

Army West Point

Buffalo

Campbell

Chattanooga

Fresno State

Indiana

Iowa State

Lehigh

Lock Haven

Michigan

Missouri

NC State

North Carolina

Northern Colorado

Northwestern

Oklahoma

Old Dominion

Penn

Pittsburgh

Princeton

Rutgers

Stanford

Wisconsin

Wyoming

125 - Joey Thomas  (Redshirt Sophomore; Mount Airy, Maryland)

         Caleb Graber  (Freshman; Uniontown, Ohio)

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