Mountaineers’ Cottrell behind during NCAA pad tourney

March 16, 2017 - garden totes

MORGANTOWN — Dylan Cottrell has seen it all when it comes to wrestling in a NCAA tournament.

The WVU fifth-year comparison 165-pounder creates his third outing to a sport’s showcase during noon Mar 16, during a Scottrade Center, in St. Louis.

“I know what to expect,” pronounced Cottrell, who came adult one win bashful of All-America honors a year ago. “There are not going to be any surprises when we get out there. Overall, we feel like I’m ready.

“This is a best I’ve ever been wrestling going into a tournament. Mentally, we feel like I’m during a best place I’ve ever been.”

The eighth-seeded Cottrell (18-4) totes a 10-match winning strain into today’s opening-round contest, opposite Penn’s unseeded Brooks Martino (15-6).

His final reversal was an 8-5 preference opposite Oklahoma’s Yoanse Mejias, on Jan. 22, in Norman, Okla.

Cottrell became a initial WVU wrestler to win a Big 12 competition pretension when he degraded Oklahoma State’s Chandler Rogers, on Mar 5.

“I trust he is in a unequivocally good place right now since he is comparison and has been here a integrate of times,” WVU manager Sammie “The Bull” Henson said. “He knows to take it one compare during a time. If we have an event to get off a pad as quick as we can — get a pin or whatever — we do that in this tournament.

“This is not a competition where we wish to be out there any longer than we have to be. You wish to stay on a front side of that joint as prolonged as we can — hopefully, all a approach to a finals.”

Cottrell wrestled Martino a year ago, in a Southern Scuffle, as 157-pounders. Cottrell prevailed, 4-1, though wasn’t gratified with his performance.

“I didn’t combat a good match,” he said. “The man has a high motor. we have to be prepared to get a good warm-up in. That approach we don’t go out there and feel bad in my legs and have something happen.

“With guys like that, we get sleepy in a third (period), and he keeps going. I’m unequivocally focusing on feeling good before a match.”

A feat over Martino would expected array Cottrell opposite Rogers in a rematch of a Big 12 final.

“My initial dual matches are opposite guys I’ve already beaten,” Cottrell said. “You can’t ask for most improved than that.”

Cottrell already knows a sourroundings in St. Louis will be some-more gainful to a clever opening than a one he struggled with in New York City and Madison Square Garden a year ago.

Attempting to cranky a travel in a heart of Manhattan was an journey Cottrell would only as shortly forget.

“They aren’t interlude their life for we wrestling a NCAA tournament,” he said. “That’s evident. It was only tough to go from such a focused atmosphere to out in that rush hour perplexing to get to your hotel.”

The misfortune partial was a night before his initial match, when he was awakened during 3 a.m. by military and ambulance sirens headed to an accident.

“I’m blissful to get out in St. Louis where it is a small some-more mellow and we can concentration on a wrestling partial of things,” Cottrell said.

That’s what he’ll be concentrating on currently — winning a compare during hand.

“If we do that, things are going to go how we wish them to go,” he said. “I’m going to go out there and give it all I’ve got for that 7 minutes. That’s unequivocally all anyone can ask for.”

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