No. 25 WVU Downs Iowa State, Ties Oklahoma State
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (Oct. 13, 2019) – The No. 25 West Virginia University golf team picked up a win over Iowa State and tied Oklahoma State as the Mountaineers capped the Big 12 Match Play Tournament on Sunday in Houston, Texas.
The Mountaineers added three wins and a tie in a 4-1-1 victory of the Cyclones, while three Mountaineers won their matches in a draw with the Cowboys.
“Any time you can tie a team like Oklahoma State you have to be proud,” coach Sean Covich said. “I’m really, really proud of the effort not only today but all weekend. Our only losses were to some really good teams Texas and Texas Tech. We will definitely carry some momentum to the Tavistock Collegiate next week.”
Starting on No. 5 in the morning round against Iowa State, junior Matthew Sharpstene lost an early lead to Lachlan Barker but came back to tie the match on No. 3. He claimed the final hole to win the match one-up.
Junior Logan Perkins gained a one-point lead over Ricky Costello on No. 10 and fought off a comeback attempt that saw Costello tie things up on No. 15. Perkins won No. 16 and added another point to finish two up with one hole remaining.
Starting on No. 6 against Iowa State’s Tripp Kinney, senior Philipp Matlari came back to tie the match on No. 4 before winning No. 5 to finish one-up. Classmate Etienne Papineau won his second hole against Sam Vincent and never looked back. With a start on No. 7, Papineau won holes No. 8, No. 9, No. 11, No. 12, No. 14, No. 15, No. 17 and No. 18 to take a six-point lead. Vincent claimed No. 1 to drop Papineau’s lead back to five, but he handily won the match by five with four holes remaining.
Freshman Nico Lang tied Bryce Hammer, while junior Mark Goetz finished down two to Frank Lindwall.
In the afternoon session against Oklahoma State, a trio of Mountaineers claimed wins. After going back and forth through the first nine holes, Perkins picked up one-point lead over Austin Eckroat at the turn and kept rolling has he won the match by three with one hole remaining.
Lang dominated his match against Rasmus Neergaard-Peterson. With the start on No. 10, Lang won No. 11 and No. 12 for a two-point lead. He pushed it to three on No. 16 and then four on No. 17. Lang won No. 3 and No. 4 to claim the six-point win with five holes remaining.
Against Oklahoma State’s Brian Stark, Papineau won the second hole of the day, No. 11, and withstood a comeback attempt that saw Stark tie the match on No. 15. Papineau won No. 16 and No. 17 and went on to claim three more holes as he won by four with three holes remaining.
Sharpstene fell to Rayhan Thomas by four with three holes to go, while Matlari fell to Aman Gupta by three with one hole to go. Goetz dropped his match to Hazen Newman by two with one to go.
The Mountaineers next travel to Windermere, Florida, to join UCF in hosting The Tavistock Collegiate Invitational from Oct. 20-22 at Isleworth Golf and Country Club.
No. 25 West Virginia def. Iowa State, 4-1-1
Matthew Sharpstene (WVU) def. Lachlan Barker (ISU), 1UP
Logan Perkins (WVU) def. Ricky Costello (ISU), 2&1
Philipp Matlari (WVU) def. Tripp Kinney (ISU), 1UP
Nico Lang (WVU) tied Bryce Hammer (ISU)
Etienne Papineau (WVU) def. Sam Vincent (ISU), 5&4
Frank Lindwall (ISU) def. Mark Goetz (WVU), 2UP
No. 25 West Virginia ties Oklahoma State, 3-3
Rayhan Thomas (OSU) def. Matthew Sharpstene (WVU), 4&3
Logan Perkins (WVU) def. Austin Eckroat (OSU), 2&1
Nico Lang (WVU) def. Rasmus Neergaard-Petersen (OSU), 6&5
Aman Gupta (OSU) def. Philipp Matlari (WVU), 3&1
Etienne Papineau (WVU) def. Brian Stark (OSU), 4&3
Hazen Newman (OSU) def. Mark Goetz (WVU), 2&1
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