From - The Official Athletic Site of West Liberty University


January 23, 2010

NEWBERRY, S.C. – West Liberty University’s No. 12-ranked wrestling team won back-to-back matches on Saturday afternoon to finish off a winning weekend at the NCAA Division II Super Region One Duals hosted by Newberry College.

Coach Brian Davis’s Hilltoppers dropped a 25-9 decision to No. 2-ranked Newberry on Saturday morning but rebounded with blowout wins against Anderson, 35-6, and Belmont Abbey, 40-9, to post a 3-2 record for the two-day event.

Wrestling short-handed without All-American Mitch Smith – ranked No. 2 nationally at 149 pounds – West Liberty stumbled out of the gates on Friday with a 21-12 upset loss to UNC-Pembroke in the opening match.

The Hilltoppers got back on track later that day by pitching a 43-0 shutout against St. Andrew’s Presbyterian. It was the 400th dual-meet victory in the history of the West Liberty mat program.

Four WLU wrestlers went 4-1 over the weekend.

Nick Wykoff impressed with a pin, a major decision and two decisions at 133 pounds.

Matt Cunningham was strong at 141 with a pair of first-period falls, a win by default and a decision.

Brandon Neifeld posted a pin and three decisions at 184 pounds.

Mitch Knapp, ranked No. 7 nationally at 197 pounds, shook off an upset loss in his opening match to close with two first-period falls, a decision and a win by forfeit.

J.D. Ramsey went 3-0 at 285 with two decisions and a win by default while Derrick Williams was 3-1 at 165 with three wins by decision.

A.J. Gavin stepped in at 149 and went 3-2 with two wins by major decision and one by technical fall. Matt Littleton also posted a 3-2 mark at 174 with a pin and major decision among his triumphs.

The Hilltoppers return home to host back-to-back matches on Friday and Saturday.

No. 15 Findlay comes to the ASRC on Friday night with Waynesburg coming in on Saturday. Both matches are set for 7 p.m. starts.

UNC-Pembroke 21 No. 12 West Liberty 12
125 Russell Weakley (UNC-P) p. Sean Jordan (WLU), 1:58
133 Nick Wykoff (WLU) d. Timdarius Thurston (UNC-P), 11-7
141 Matt Cunningham (WLU) d. Dorian McDougald (UNC-P), 6-5
149 Brandon Bradley (UNC-P) d. Andrew Gavin (WLU), 12-7
157 Rashaad Saunders (UNC-P) d. Kayne Melko (WLU), 4-3
165 Derrick Williams (WLU) d. Derving Rios (UNC-P), 3-1
174 J.J. Davis (UNC-P) d. Matt Littleton (WLU), 10-5
184 Brandon Neifeld (WLU) d. John Sturrock (UNC-P), 8-4
197 Shane Nolan (UNC-P) d. Mitch Knapp (WLU), 3-1
285 Erik Stancil (UNC-P) d. Mike Carpenter (WLU), 5-2

No. 12 West Liberty 43 St. Andrews Presbyterian 0
125 Sean Jordan (WLU) md. Josh Tegard (StA), 13-3
133 Nick Wykoff (WLU) md. Casey Gashaw (StA), 12-2
141 Matt Cunningham (WLU) p. Sterling Perry (StA), 1:07
149 Andrew Gavin (WLU) tf. Luke Olson (StA), 16-0 (7:00)
157 Brian Leggett (WLU) d. Gregg Todd (StA), 9-4
165 Derrick Williams (WLU) d. Richard Manwarren (StA), 7-1
174 Matt Littleton (WLU) md. Davin Morris (StA), 14-3
184 Brandon Neifeld (WLU) d. Greg Polhemus (StA), 11-4
197 Mitch Knapp (WLU) p. Justin Hoover (StA), :59
285 J.D. Ramsey (WLU) d. Andre Ellerbe (StA), default

No. 2 Newberry 25 No. 12 West Liberty 9
125 Matt Oliver (New) d. Sean Jordan (WLU), 9-4
133 Sheridan Moran (New) d. Nick Wykoff (WLU), 10-4
141 Deral Brown (New) md. Matt Cunningham (WLU), 13-4
149 Dale DeBacco (New) d. Andrew Gavin (WLU), 5-4
157 Latra Collick (New) d. Brian Leggett (WLU), 7-5 (SV)
165 Dustin Harvey (New) d. Derrick Williams (WLU), 8-3
174 Curtis Chenoweth (New) d. Matt Littleton (WLU), 9-4
184 Bryant Blanton (New) d. Brandon Neifeld (WLU), 3-0
197 Mitch Knapp (WLU) won by forfeit
285 J.D. Ramsey (WLU) d. Eli Charles (New), 7-2

No. 12 West Liberty 35 Anderson 6
125 Sean Jordan (WLU) md. Dequan Warner (And), 13-3
133 Nick Wykoff (WLU) p. Cory Monteforte (And), 2:54
141 Matt Cunningham (WLU) p. Christopher Francis (And), 1:37
149 Andrew Gavin (WLU) md. Melchisedac LaVergne (And), 12-2
157 Jonathan Jackson (And) d. Kayne Melko (WLU), 5-3
165 Derrick Williams (WLU) d. James Hoyt (And), 3-1
174 Matt Littleton (WLU) d. Trevor Sanford (And), 11-6
184 Brandon Neifeld (WLU) p. Bryan Glace (And), 4:00
197 Mitch Knapp (WLU) d. Luis Audelo (And), 6-0
285 Chase Duke (And) d. Mike Carpenter (WLU), 4-2 (SV2)

No. 12 West Liberty 40 Belmont Abbey 9
125 Shane Summerlin (BA) p. Sean Jordan (WLU), 2:55
133 Nick Wykoff (WLU) d. Graceson Pastirik (BA), 8-2
141 Matt Cunningham (WLU) d. Tashawn Takeall (BA), default
149 Andrew Gavin (WLU) md. Peter Petties (BA), 8-0
157 Kayne Melko (WLU) p. Trevor Sterverson (BA), 2:59
165 Jake Varilek (BA) d. Brian Leggett (WLU), 9-4
174 Matt Littleton (WLU) p. Ryan Gregory (BA), 1:46
184 Brandon Neifeld (WLU) won by forfeit
197 Mitch Knapp (WLU) p. Tom McGee (BA), 1:04
285 J.D. Ramsey (WLU) d. Kyle Spar (BA), 4-0

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