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WASHINGTON, Pa. – West Liberty University’s nationally-ranked wrestling team got its season off to a strong start here Saturday in the fifth annual W&J Open Invitational.

Coach Brian Davis’s No. 12-ranked Hilltoppers had one individual champion and placed three other wrestlers among the top six in their respective weight classes.

The one-day event drew nearly 300 wrestlers, many wrestling unattached, from 17 NCAA Division I, II, III programs throughout the northeast to the Henry Memorial Center on the campus of Washington & Jefferson College.

Junior 285-pounder J.D. Ramsey led the way for West Liberty as the returning NCAA Division II national qualifier won five straight matches to take the 285-pound title at the meet. Ramsey beat Mount Union’s Derick Hesson, 4-2, in the championship final.

The Hilltoppers actually had two wrestlers place in the heavyweight division. Sophomore Mike Carpenter, wrestling unattached, went 6-1 on the day to finish third at 285 pounds.

David Doyle was another West Liberty placer. The sophomore 184-pounder won three of his four matches during the event to come in fourth at 184 pounds.

Matt Littleton, a sophomore 174-pounder, also went 3-1 on the day and finished sixth in his weight class.

West Liberty will host fellow NCAA Division II Atlantic Region power Pitt-Johnstown Friday at 7 p.m. in the ASRC.

The match has been designated as “Ohio Valley Night” with all area youth, middle school and high school wrestlers and coaches invited to attend.

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