No. 14 West Liberty Splits Triangular at ASRC

January 28, 2012

WEST LIBERTY, W.Va. The No. 14-ranked West Liberty University wrestling team had to settle for a split in Saturday's triangular with Tiffin and No. 10 Mercyhurst at the ASRC.

Coach Brian Davis's Hilltoppers routed Tiffin by a 37-6 count but came up just short in a hard-fought 23-17 loss to the Lakers. Mercyhurst went 2-0 at the triangular with a 34-7 romp past Tiffin in the opening match.

Starting out with an 18-0 lead from a trio of forfeit wins, West Liberty dominated the Tiffin match.

Dillon Nolte's second-period fall at 133 pounds and an 11-0 major decision by 141-pounder Nick Wykoff got the ball rolling and the Hilltoppers never looked back. A.J. Gavin (149), Jarrod Shaw (157) and Nate Hupp all earned decisions for the hosts.

A pair of one-point decisions that both went Mercyhurst's way proved decisive in the final match of the day.

The Lakers had a 9-3 lead after the first three matches but saw that edge swell to 15-3 after 149-pounder Michael Griffith edged WLU's Gavin, 5-4, and 157-pound All-American Jordan Shields eked out a 1-0 win against Shaw.

The Hilltoppers' Jorden Nolan brought the crowd to its feet by pinning Adam Lamuncusa early in the second period of their 165-pound match but major decisions by Mercyhurst's August Mizia at 174 and Mike Pollard at 197 put the match out of reach.

Mike Carpenter closed out the match on a high note for the hosts with a third-period pin of Jeff Pollard in the 285-pound match. Wykoff had WLU's other win, a decision at 141 pounds.

No. 14 West Liberty 37, Tiffin 6
125: Wagstaff (WLU) won by forfeit
133: Nolte (WLU) p. Pastor, 3:23
141: Wykoff (WLU) md. McKenzie, 11-0
149: Gavin (WLU) d. Begg, 3-2
157: Shaw (WLU) d. Nickolai, 11-4
165: Hupp (WLU) d. Baker, 11-4
174: Cramer (TU) d. Littleton, 4-2
184: Christman (TU) d. Williams, 9-4
197: Donley (WLU) won by forfeit
285: Ramsey (WLU) won by forfeit

No. 10 Mercyhurst 23, No. 14 West Liberty 17
125: Bohince (MU) md. Wagstaff, 9-0
133: Young (MU) tf. Dillon Nolte, 24-8
141: Wykoff (WLU) d. Landowski, 5-4
149: Griffith (MU) d. Gavin, 5-4
157: Shields (MU) d. Shaw, 1-0
165: Nolan (WLU) p. Lamancusa, 3:10
174: Mizia (MU) md. Hupp, 9-1
184: Littleton (WLU) d. Leahy, 9-5
197: M.Pollard (MU) md. Williams, 10-1
285: Carpenter (WLU) p. J.Pollard, 6:15

No. 10 Mercyhurst 34, Tiffin 7
125: Bohince (MU) won by forfeit
133: Young (MU) md. Pastor, 18-9
141: Landowski (MU) d. McKenzie, 9-4
149: Griffith (MU) d. Begg, 4-2, OT
157: Nickolai (TU) d. D'Urso, 7-1
165: Lamancusa (MU) d. Baker, 3-1
174: Mizia (MU) d. Cramer, 6-5
184: Christman (TU) md. Sheaffer, 11-1
197: Pollard (MU) won by forfeit
285: Hale (MU) won by forfeit


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