Toppers Drop Two

January 3, 2015

ASHLAND, Ohio The West Liberty University wrestling team dropped a pair of matches here Saturday in the Wendy's Mid-Atlantic Duals hosted by Ashland University.

Coach Brian Davis' Hilltoppers opened the event with a 29-12 loss to the host Eagles before seeing Olivet (Mich.) come from behind to steal a 20-16 nod in WLU's final match of the day.

Aaron Silverio and Joel Paolo provided some bright spots for the Black and Gold by winning both of their matches.

Silverio, a junior 285-pounder from Shadyside, Ohio, outlasted Tyler Shank of Ashland, 3-1, in overtime before blanking Olivet heavyweight Youssef El-Sayed, 2-0.

Paolo, a senior 149-pounder who transferred in from Pitt-Johnstown this season, knocked off Ashland's Brent Fickel, 4-2, and scored a 4-3 win against Olivet's John Leark.

Other highlights for WLU on the day included a 15-6 major decision over Olivet's Matt Darling for Hilltopper 141-pounder Anthony Craig and a 7-1 win by DeMadre Turner in his 165-pound match against Olivet's Dan Fleet.

West Liberty heads to New York next weekend to compete in Saturday's Brockport Invitational.

Ashland 29, West Liberty 12
125 Zach Brown (WL) won by forfeit
133 Michael Labry (AU) p. Joe Wagstaff (WL), 6:35
141 Ty Davis (AU) md. Anthony Craig (WL), 15-2
149 Joel Paolo (WL) d. Brent Fickel (AU), 4-2
157 Zeb Beam (AU) d. David Schlieper (WL), 9-3
165 Kyle Burns (AU) d. DeMadre Turner (WL), 3-1
174 Cory Workman (AU) won by forfeit
184 Kurt Schaefer (AU) d. Danny Doyle (WL), 3-1
197 Brandon O'Neill (AU) md. Nate Dawson (WL), 11-0
285 Aaron Silverio (WL) d. Tyler Shank (AU), 3-1, OT

Olivet 20, West Liberty 16
125 Zach Brown (WL) d. Jared Brickley (O), 4-2
133 Matthew Watson Jr. (O) d. Joe Wagstaff (WL), 2-0
141 Anthony Craig (WL) md. Matt Darling (O), 15-6
149 Joel Paolo (WL) d. John Leark (O), 4-3
157 Jacob Gould (O) md. David Schlieper (WL), 10-1
165 DeMadre Turner (WL) d. Dan Fleet (O), 7-1
174 Nick Allen (O) won by forfeit
184 Rodney Harvey (O) md. Danny Doyle (WL), 9-1
197 Thomas Hall (O) d. Nate Dawson (WL), 2-1
285 Aaron Silverio (WL) d. Youssef El-Sayed (O), 2-0

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