Hilltoppers' Carpenter Wins Regional Title

February 23, 2013

KUTZTOWN, Pa. West Liberty University senior Mike Carpenter won the 285-pound title in the final match of the NCAA Division II Super Region One wrestling championships Saturday afternoon at Kutztown University.

The Hilltopper standout was one of three West Liberty wrestlers to earn a spot in next month's NCAA Division II national wrestling tournament.

Carpenter, now 30-3 on the season, was one of the 285-pound favorites coming into the weekend tournament and certainly lived up to that billing, capping a strong tournament run with a second-round pin of host Kutztown's Ziad Haddad in the championship match.

West Liberty came within a takedown of coming home with a pair of individual titles as sophomore Art Hobley made it all the way to the finals at 157 pounds only to fall just short with a 3-2 setback against UNC-Pembroke's Justin Pencook in their title tilt.

The Hilltoppers' third NCAA qualifier, senior Derrick Williams, battled his way through the wrestleback rounds to finish fourth at 184 pounds. Williams settled for fourth place after being edged in a tiebreaker by Gannon's Zach Zeics in Saturday's Third-Place match.

Two other wrestlers placed in the regional tournament but fell short of qualifying for nationals. Senior Nick Wycoff was sixth at 141 pounds while sophomore Danny Doyle was sixth at 197.

Newberry successfully defended its regional team championship with 147 points. Pitt-Johnstown was second at 119 with Mercyhurst finishing third with 85 points.

WRESTLING Super Region One Championships

West Liberty Placers

141 5th Place Jack Bachman (Pitt-Johnstown) 21-8, Jr. by forfeit over Nick Wykoff (West Liberty) 19-4, RS Sr. (MFF).

157 Championship Justin Pencook (UNC Pembroke) 4-0, Jr. over Art Hobley (West Liberty) 21-11, RS So. (Dec 3-2).

184 3rd Place Match Zack Zelcs (Gannon) 4-1, So. over Derrick Williams (West Liberty) 14-13, RS Sr. (TB-1 3-2)

197 5th Place Match Nikos Garofola (Pitt-Johnstown) 22-8, Fr. over Danny Doyle (West Liberty) 16-19, RS So. (Dec 8-3).

285 1st Place Match Mike Carpenter (West Liberty) 30-3, RS Sr. over Ziad Haddad (Kutztown) 3-1, So. (Pin 3:44).

NCAA Division 2 Super Region 1 Results for West Liberty
125 - Joe Wagstaff (5-20) place is unknown and scored 0.00 team points.
Champ. Round 1 - Matthew Turek (Gannon) 4-1 won by tech fall over Joe Wagstaff (West Liberty) 5-20 (TF 19-4)
Cons. Round 1 - Joe Wagstaff (West Liberty) 5-20 received a bye () (Bye)
Cons. Round 2 - Jake Smith (UNC Pembroke) 2-2 won by decision over Joe Wagstaff (West Liberty) 5-20 (Dec 6-1)

133 - Cole Nace (16-19) place is unknown and scored 2.50 team points.
Champ. Round 1 - Nicholas Lankford (Newberry) 26-11 won by major decision over Cole Nace (West Liberty) 16-19 (Maj 17-7)
Cons. Round 1 - Cole Nace (West Liberty) 16-19 won by pin over Cole Ludorf (American International) 0-2 (Pin 2:34)
Cons. Round 2 - Jose Matos (Gannon) 4-2 won by major decision over Cole Nace (West Liberty) 16-19 (Maj 18-8)

141 - Johnny McComas (2-12) place is unknown and scored 0.00 team points.
Champ. Round 1 - Dave Cawley (Pitt-Johnstown) 21-5 won by tech fall over Johnny McComas (West Liberty) 2-12 (TF 15-0)
Cons. Round 1 - Johnny McComas (West Liberty) 2-12 received a bye () (Bye)
Cons. Round 2 - Nick Hannan (Mercyhurst) 12-12 won by decision over Johnny McComas (West Liberty) 2-12 (Dec 9-3)

149 - Nick Wykoff (19-4) placed 6th and scored 6.00 team points.
Champ. Round 1 - Nick Wykoff (West Liberty) 19-4 won by decision over Brock Thompson (Millersville) 11-10 (Dec 7-5)
Quarterfinal - Nick Wykoff (West Liberty) 19-4 won by decision over Ean Starner (Shippensburg) 10-7 (Dec 7-6)
Semifinal - Nick Nichols (Seton Hill) 3-1 won by injury default over Nick Wykoff (West Liberty) 19-4 (I-D 0:46)
Cons. Semi - Michael Griffith (Mercyhurst) 25-9 won by medical forfeit over Nick Wykoff (West Liberty) 19-4 (MFF)
5th Place Match - Jack Bachman (Pitt-Johnstown) 21-8 won by medical forfeit over Nick Wykoff (West Liberty) 19-4 (MFF)

157 - Art Hobley (21-11) placed 2nd and scored 13.00 team points.
Champ. Round 1 - Art Hobley (West Liberty) 21-11 won in sudden victory - 1 over Kevin Johnson (Anderson) 0-2 (SV-1 13-11)
Quarterfinal - Art Hobley (West Liberty) 21-11 won by decision over Sean Floor (Gannon) 1-2 (Dec 2-1)
Semifinal - Art Hobley (West Liberty) 21-11 won by decision over Braden Turner (East Stroudsburg) 20-7 (Dec 8-6)
1st Place Match - Justin Pencook (UNC Pembroke) 4-0 won by decision over Art Hobley (West Liberty) 21-11 (Dec 3-2)

165 - David Schlieper (5-15) place is unknown and scored 1.00 team points.
Champ. Round 1 - David Schlieper (West Liberty) 5-15 won by decision over Keith Ryan (Pitt-Johnstown) 19-7 (Dec 11-5)
Quarterfinal - Zach Pincus (Millersville) 13-19 won by decision over David Schlieper (West Liberty) 5-15 (Dec 6-1)
Cons. Round 2 - Randall Wagner (Seton Hill) 1-2 won by decision over David Schlieper (West Liberty) 5-15 (Dec 3-2)

174 - Ben Giles (2-9) place is unknown and scored 0.00 team points.
Champ. Round 1 - Joseph Pittman (Newberry) 18-7 won by tech fall over Ben Giles (West Liberty) 2-9 (TF 15-0)
Cons. Round 1 - Ben Giles (West Liberty) 2-9 received a bye () (Bye) Cons. Round 2 - Neal Grudi (Shippensburg) 16-7 won by pin over Ben Giles (West Liberty) 2-9 (Pin 2:59)

184 - Derrick Williams (14-13) placed 4th and scored 8.50 team points.
Champ. Round 1 - Derrick Williams (West Liberty) 14-13 received a bye () (Bye)
Quarterfinal - Zack Zelcs (Gannon) 4-1 won by decision over Derrick Williams (West Liberty) 14-13 (Dec 6-1)
Cons. Round 2 - Derrick Williams (West Liberty) 14-13 won by decision over Soslan Khamitcaev (American International) 1-2 (Dec 5-0)
Cons. Round 3 - Derrick Williams (West Liberty) 14-13 won by decision over Giovanni Ortiz (Kutztown) 1-2 (Dec 3-2)
Cons. Semi - Derrick Williams (West Liberty) 14-13 won by decision over Eric Lundgren (Mercyhurst) 20-12 (Dec 3-2)
3rd Place Match - Zack Zelcs (Gannon) 4-1 won in tie breaker - 1 over Derrick Williams (West Liberty) 14-13 (TB-1 3-2)
4th Place Match - Derrick Williams (West Liberty) 14-13 won by rule over Eric Lundgren (Mercyhurst) 20-12 (RULE)

197 - Danny Doyle (16-19) placed 6th and scored 8.00 team points.
Champ. Round 1 - Danny Doyle (West Liberty) 16-19 won by pin over Tyler Dombrowski (Seton Hill) 0-2 (Pin 2:16)
Quarterfinal - Vinny Campanile (Kutztown) 3-0 won by pin over Danny Doyle (West Liberty) 16-19 (Pin 3:32)
Cons. Round 2 - Danny Doyle (West Liberty) 16-19 won by decision over Scott Richardson (Anderson) 0-2 (Dec 9-8)
Cons. Round 3 - Danny Doyle (West Liberty) 16-19 won by decision over Brach Walker (UNC Pembroke) 2-2 (Dec 3-1)
Cons. Semi - Tyson Searer (East Stroudsburg) 18-9 won by major decision over Danny Doyle (West Liberty) 16-19 (Maj 8-0)
5th Place Match - Nikos Garofola (Pitt-Johnstown) 22-8 won by decision over Danny Doyle (West Liberty) 16-19 (Dec 8-3)

285 - Mike Carpenter (30-3) placed 1st and scored 19.00 team points.
Champ. Round 1 - Mike Carpenter (West Liberty) 30-3 won by major decision over Joe Blaes (East Stroudsburg) 5-14 (Maj 8-0)
Quarterfinal - Mike Carpenter (West Liberty) 30-3 won by decision over Matt Pringle (American International) 4-2 (Dec 6-3)
Semifinal - Mike Carpenter (West Liberty) 30-3 won by major decision over Robert Wade (Newberry) 20-7 (Maj 12-3)
1st Place Match - Mike Carpenter (West Liberty) 30-3 won by pin over Ziad Haddad (Kutztown) 3-1 (Pin 3:44)


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