AB Wrestling Falls to Wheeling Jesuit 28-6

December 4, 2015

PHILIPPI, W.Va. The Alderson Broaddus University wrestling team fell to Wheeling Jesuit 28-6 Friday night at Rex Pyles Arena in its first home match of the season.

"There is a reason they were ranked 14th in the nation," said head coach Sam Gardner of Wheeling Jesuit (7-0). "They are very good. We were in a lot of matches and fought to the end so I am proud of them for that."

Picking up wins for the Battlers (8-1) on the evening were Matt Harris and Logan Shurina.

"Matt Harris had a very strong first two periods today," said Gardner. "I am real proud of him. He read the match pretty well."

Harris defeated Kollin Clark in the 149-pound bout 8-3 for the first win of the evening. Shurina recorded a takedown in the final 10 seconds for the 7-6 win in his 165-pound match.

"Logan Shurina was tough and gritty like always," said Gardner. "If he opens up and attacks he's not going to have close matches and he's going to have big blowout wins against other people."

Josiah Solak and Tyler Arnett each lost close battles for AB in its respective matches. Solak lost 3-1 on a late takedown and Arnett lost 1-0 in the 285-pound match.

"We've got to be more aggressive from the start," said Gardner. "We've got to attack more on our feet and use the holds and the scoring maneuvers we know how to do. We know we can do them but we just didn't do enough of them tonight. Now we just have to recover for tomorrow and get ourselves mentally ready."

Cody Buchanan, Jason West, Davis Solak, and Nathan Cunningham also wrestled on the night for AB.

After spending the first month of the season on the road, Gardner was happy to have his team wrestle at home.

"We know what it's like to wrestle at home now," said Gardner. "I think that's an important thing. Tomorrow we should be healthier and have some different guys in the lineup and I think we match up well with West Liberty so I am hoping we can come out and perform to our capabilities."

The Battlers return to action Saturday when they host the Hilltoppers at 7 p.m.

Wheeling Jesuit 28 Alderson Broaddus 6
125: No Match
133: Cody Buchanan (ABU) vs. Nolan Whitely (WJU) (Whitely 20-2 tech fall) 5-0
141: Damon Outward Forfeit Win (Outward Forfeit Win) 11-0
149: Matt Harris (ABU) vs. Kollin Clark (WJU) (Harris d. 8-3) 11-3
157: Jason West (ABU) vs. Reyse Wallbrown (WJU) (Wallbrown d. 11-4) 14-3
165: Logan Shurina (ABU) vs. Peyton Geary (WJU) (Shurina d. 7-6) 14-6
174: Davis Solak (ABU) vs. Clayton Ray (WJU) (Ray d. 13-10) 17-6
184: Josiah Solak (ABU) vs. Garrett Reinwald (WJU) (Reinwald d. 3-1) 20-6
197: Nathan Cunningham (ABU) vs. Terrance Fanning (WJU) (Fanning 17-0 tech fall) 25-6
285: Tyler Arnett (ABU) vs. Corey Siegfried (WJU) (Siegfried d. 1-0) 28-6

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