West Liberty 22 Alderson Broaddus 15

December 5, 2015
AT Alderson Broaddus

PHILIPPI, W.Va. The Alderson Broaddus University wrestling team dropped a hard fought match 22-15 to West Liberty Saturday night at Rex Pyles Arena.

"These are two very similar teams," said head coach Sam Gardner. "If we wrestled each other 10 times, I don't know if the results would be 10 times the same way.

After forfeiting a match at 125, the Battlers won back-to-back matches to even the score at 6-6. Cody Buchanan recorded a takedown with seven seconds remaining to pull out an 8-7 victory over Dominica Vaginer. At 141, Micah Powell recorded the decision over Josh Cornell 7-4.

The Hilltoppers (2-5) recorded three straight wins to take a 15-6 advantage heading into the final four classes.

"I was surprised we didn't get one of those matches at 147, 157, or 165," said Gardner. "If you would have said to me earlier that you weren't going to win any of those three, I would have told you that you were nuts. But this is wrestling and you have to actually wrestle the matches and they were better at those weights tonight."

At 174, Davis Solak defeated Daniel Carpenter 6-2 to make the score 15-9 and Cody Spinks pinned Eric VandenBossche in 26 seconds to even the score at 15-15 for AB (8-2).

"Cody (Spinks) is a man among men," said Gardner. "He is one of the most talented kids I have ever had the fortune to coach and he is as good of a person as he is a wrestler and that says a lot because he is a heck of a wrestler."

In the final two classes, West Liberty took both matches to close out the win. Nathan Dawson recorded the decision 13-6 over Nathan Cunningham and Tyler Dodd finished with a major decision over Tyler Arnett 13-5.

"We had a chance to win at the very end and you really can't ask for too much more than that," said Gardner. "You want to win but and we were in it to the end so that is a step in the right direction."

Wrestling returns to the mats January 9th when they travel to the Washington & Lee Invitational in Lexington, Va.
West Liberty 22 Alderson Broaddus 15
125 Zach Brown (West Liberty University) over Unknown (For.)
133 Cody Buchanan (Alderson-Broaddus University) over Dominic Vaginer (West Liberty University) (Dec 9-8)
141 Micah Powell (Alderson-Broaddus University) over Josh Cornell (West Liberty University) (Dec 7-4)
149 Anthony Craig (West Liberty University) over Chris Brent (Alderson-Broaddus University) (Dec 8-5)
157 David Schlieper (West Liberty University) over Keith Stednitz (Alderson-Broaddus University) (Dec 3-2)
165 Demadre Turner (West Liberty University) over Logan Shurina (Alderson-Broaddus University) (Dec 5-1)
174 Davis Solak (Alderson-Broaddus University) over Daniel Carpenter (West Liberty University) (Dec 6-2)
184 Cody Spinks (Alderson-Broaddus University) over Eric VandenBossche (West Liberty University) (Fall 0:26)
197 Nathan Dawson (West Liberty University) over Nathan Cunningham (Alderson-Broaddus University) (Dec 13-6)
285 Tyler Dodd (West Liberty University) over Tyler Arnett (Alderson-Broaddus University) (MD 13-5)


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