Hilltopper Wrestlers Sweep Triangular

WAYNESBURG, Pa. (January 13, 2009) – West Liberty’s No. 16-ranked wrestling team dominated a triangular match at Waynesburg University on Tuesday.

Coach Brian Davis’s Hilltoppers got things rolling with a 25-13 win against Seton Hill and followed that up with a 28-13 victory against the host Yellow Jackets.

Mitch Smith and Mike Carpenter led the way for West Liberty as each posted a fall and a major decision. Smith, who transferred to WLSC this year from Hofstra University, pinned Seton Hill’s Buck Watkins at 5:36 of their 157-pound match and followed that up with a 13-5 major decision against Waynesburg’s Chris Pihou.

Carpenter, a fast-rising freshman less than a year removed from a West Virginia state high school championship, finished off both West Liberty victories with a flourish. The athletic 285-pounder breezed to a 16-3 major decision against Seton Hill’s Stephen Zubach in his first match and scored a first-period fall against Waynesburg’s Rich Janicki.

Freshman 165-pounder Jarrod Shaw and sophomore 174-pounder Seth Phalen were the Hilltoppers’ other double-winners on Tuesday.

West Liberty hits the road on Saturday for a noon dual match at Kutztown (Pa.) University.

West Liberty 25 Seton Hill 13
125 Josh Testa (SH) dec. 4-1 Nick Wykoff (WL) 0-3
133 Steve Riner (WL) won by forfeit 6-3
141 Dallas Evans (SH) dec. 7-4 (RT) Doug Surra (WL) 6-6
149 Kayne Melko (WL) dec. 4-1 (RT) Kurt McCamley (SH) 9-6
157 Mitch Smith (WL) fall 5:36 Buck Watkins (SH) 15-6
165 Jarrod Shaw (WL) dec. 8-6 (RT) Quade Miller (SH) 18-6
174 Seth Phalen (WL) dec. 4-1 (RT) Logan Downes (SH) 21-6
184 Nick Padezan (SH) maj. dec. 13-2 (RT) Justin Goneau (WL) 21-10
197 Ron Oswald (SH) dec. 3-2 (OT) Matt Hill (WL) 21-13
285 Mike Carpenter (WL) maj. dec. 16-3 (RT) Stephen Zubach (SH) 25-13

West Liberty 28 Waynesburg 13
125 Nick Wykoff (WL) dec. 3-2 Rico Borz (Way) 3-0
133 Nick Garber (Way) fall 1:11 Steve Riner (WL) 3-6
141 Doug Surra (WL) dec. 4-1 McCabe (Way) 6-6
149 Jesse Byerly (Way) dec. 3-2 Kayne Melko (WL) 6-9
157 Mitch Smith (WL) maj. dec. 13-5 Chris Pihiou (Way) 10-9
165 Jarrod Shaw (WL) maj. dec. 14-5 (RT) Matt Zimmerman (Way) 14-9
174 Seth Phalen (WL) maj. dec. 12-2 (RT) Jake Benczo (Way) 18-9
184 Justin Goneau (WL) maj. dec. 11-3 (RT) Charles Thomas (Way) 22-9
197 Corbin Semple (Way) maj. dec. 11-1 (RT) Matt Hill (WL) 22-13
285 Mike Carpenter (WL) fall 1:52 Rich Janicki (Way) 28-13

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