Hilltopper Wrestlers Fall at No. 16 Gannon


ERIE, Pa. – Nationally-ranked Gannon won six of nine individual matches Saturday to take a 28-12 decision against the West Liberty University wrestling team in an afternoon dual meet on the Golden Knights’ mat.

The No. 16-ranked hosts used a forfeit, a fall and two decisions in the first four matches to grab a quick 18-0 lead and never looked back in rolling to the victory.

The Hilltoppers didn’t walk away empty-handed.

Seth Phalen snapped the Knights’ early spurt with a 5-0 shutout victory at 157 pounds.

West Liberty finished with a flourish, as well, with All-American Mitch Knapp scoring a 10-2 major decision at 197 pounds and 285-pound standout J.D. Ramsey pinning Marino Quersio at 6:08.

The Hilltoppers wrap up the regular season at home Tuesday night when they host Ashland in a 7 p.m. dual meet at the ASRC.

No. 16 Gannon 28, West Liberty 12
125- Jose Matos (GU) d. Preston Foster (WLU) 6-4
133- John Fleming (GU) p. Pete McAtee (WLU) 6:15
141- Andrew Milanak (GU) won by forfeit
149- Ethan Swope (GU) d. Brian Leggett (WLU) 5-2
157- Seth Phalen (WLU) d. Sam Brehm (GU) 5-0
165- Zack McKendree (GU) d. Jarrod Shaw (WLU) 6-5
174- Anthony Petrella (GU) d. Matt Littleton (WLU) 9-1
184- Christopher Boyd (GU) d. Derrick Williams (WLU) 9-4
197- Mitch Knapp (WLU) d. Richard Russell (GU) 10-2
285- JD Ramsey (WLU) p. Marino Quersio (GU) 6:08

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