WJU wrestling set to host Pitt-Johnstown in first home match

  WJU News
  Friday, November 9, 2018 2:03 PM
  Alumni, WJU News, Athletics, Service

Wheeling, WV

The fifth-ranked Wheeling Jesuit University wrestling team is looking to set more than one record this weekend. The Cardinals will face sixth-ranked Pitt-Johnstown (UPJ) in the first home match of the season on Sunday, Nov. 11, at 4 p.m. in the McDonough Center.

In addition to searching for their first-ever win against UPJ, the Cardinals are hoping to set an attendance record of over 1,000 fans.

The team trained hard during pre-season, and they feel prepared for this weekend’s upcoming match. “Our freshmen have adjusted to the rigors of college wrestling, and we are competing at an extremely physical level right now which is exciting,” said Danny Irwin, head wrestling coach.

The Cardinals are looking forward to Sunday. Coach Irwin believes his team is ready to accomplish another first for the program while also working to achieve their goals. He wants his team to keep investing in one another, complete more than 1,000 hours of community service again, continue to raise the cumulative GPA, and strive for a 2019 National Championship.

WJU wrestling is coming back from a historic season, including the programs first-ever NCAA Division II National Champion, but their community service may be their most impressive accomplishment. Last year, the Cardinals finished with 1,058 hours of community service.

The team has committed to serving another 1,000 hours of community service for the Ohio Valley region and plans to surpass last year’s total.

“We are involved in so many different things which is what I want. I never want to mandate community service,” Irwin said. “Instead, I want to encourage our student-athletes to get involved in areas that they are passionate about and feel they can make a difference in. That creates the type of ownership we want these guys taking in all facets of their lives.”

Wheeling Jesuit University is one of 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the country offering 25 majors and concentrations, 15 minors, and six graduate programs. The University provides a Jesuit, Catholic, liberal arts education, and our affordable programs unite the Jesuit tradition of intellectual excellence allowing students to receive an education for life, leadership and service with and among others. The 65-acre campus is situated on the Ohio River 50 miles south of Pittsburgh, and two hours east of Columbus, in Wheeling, WV.

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