No. 14 West Liberty Grapplers Rout East Stroudsburg

January 21, 2012

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. The No. 14-ranked West Liberty University wrestling team opened the final day of the Super Region One Duals with a 39-9 rout of East Stroudsburg on Saturday morning before closing with its only loss of the tournament, a 33-12 setback at the hands of North Carolina-Pembroke.

Combined with the Hilltoppers' impressive 27-15 victory against American International on Friday night, Saturday's results gave West Liberty a 2-1 record in the tournament and pushed the Hilltoppers' season mark to a sparkling 10-3 in dual meets.

Coach Brian Davis's Hilltoppers had an easy time of it against ESU, picking up four forfeit wins and a first-period fall by 165-pounder Nate Hupp to overwhelm the Pennsylvania squad. Dillon Nolte (133), Matt Littleton (174) and Derrick Williams (184) added decisions to round out the Black-and-Gold scoring.

The West Liberty team had to run right back out on the mat for its second match of the day against a UNC-Pembroke squad that hadn't wrestled since the previous evening and the Braves took full advantage.

The Hilltoppers' only wins were a Joey Wagstaff forfeit at 125 pounds and a pair of decisions by Littleton and heavyweight J.D. Ramsey.

West Liberty returns home to host Findlay (Ohio) on Friday in a 7 p.m. match at the ASRC.

No. 14 West Liberty 39, East Stroudsburg 9
125: Jones (ESU) d. Wagstaff (WLU), 8-2
133: Nolte (WLU) d. Davis (ESU), 6-4
141: Wykoff (WLU) won by forfeit
149: Gavin (WLU) won by forfeit
157: Turner (ESU) won by forfeit
165: Hupp (WLU) p. Honeywell (ESU), 2:00
174: Littleton (WLU) d. Vorndran (ESU), 7-3
184: Williams (WLU) d. Esposito (ESU), 5-0
197: Donley (WLU) won by forfeit
285: Ramsey (WLU) won by forfeit

UNC-Pembroke 33, No. 14 West Liberty 12
125: Wagstaff (WLU) won by forfeit
133: Wright (UNC-P) p. Nolte (WLU), 2:13
141: Ownbey (UNC-P) d. Wykoff (WLU), 6-3
149: Thomas (UNC-P) p. Gavin (WLU), 3:21
157: Dixon (UNC-P) won by forfeit
165: Williams (UNC-P) p. J.Nolan (WLU), 4:47
174: Littleton (WLU) d. White (UNC-P), 6-3
184: Bryant (UNC-P) d. Williams (WLU), 3-2
197: S.Nolan (UNC-P) d. Donley (WLU), 3-1, OT
285: Ramsey (WLU) d. Giddens (UNC-P), 2-0

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