West Virginia junior linebacker Wes Tonkery has been selected as the first recipient of the Curtis Jones Jr. Achievement Award.
The award, named in honor of Curtis Jones Jr., who was an associate athletic director for academic support at WVU and passed away in September, will be presented annually to the Mountaineer football player who demonstrates excellence in all facets of his collegiate career, including academics, athletics and community service.
TECH WRESTLING: The WVU Tech wrestling team fell to visiting St. Andrews Presbyterian College 25-21 Friday at the Baisi Athletic Center.
St. Andrews stormed out to a commanding 18-3 lead, scoring back-to-back falls at 141 pounds and 149 pounds. The Golden Bears (9-4) rallied, using victories from Alfred Martinez (133), John Walters (149) and Tola Morakinyo (184). The Knights sealed the victory when Denzel Vaughn earned a major decision over Tech freshman Wyatt Norfolk in the heavyweight match.
WVU GYMNASTICS:West Virginia scored 193.7 and finished in third place in its season opener Friday night at No. 21 Kentucky, with No. 15 Penn State and Ball State also participating at Memorial Coliseum in Lexington, Ky.
Kentucky (3-0) finished first with a 195.0 score, while the Nittany Lions (3-1) finished second with a 193.975 mark and the Cardinals (1-3) placed fourth with a 190.875 total. The Mountaineers scored a meet-best 48.95 on bars, anchored by freshman Alexa Goldberg's 9.925.
MARSHALL WOMEN LOSE: Marshall University's women's basketball team lost its Conference USA opener to Tulane 77-61 Thursday at the Cam Henderson Center.