Hilltopper Wrestlers Split in Home Triangular

January 17, 2015

WEST LIBERTY, W.Va. The West Liberty University wrestling team just missed sweeping both matches on Saturday in a triangular with East Stroudsburg and Ohio Valley at the ASRC.

Coach Brian Davis's injury-riddled Hilltoppers won more matches on the mat in their dual with East Stroudsburg but forfeits in the final two weight classes made the difference in a 21-17 WLU setback. The hosts rebounded in a big way in the finale, racing away to a 39-9 nod against an Ohio Valley squad that is also fighting through its own injury woes.

Anthony Craig, Joel Paolo and Eric Antesberger led the way for West Liberty with each grappler coming away with two wins on the afternoon.

Craig notched an 11-2 major decision against ESU's Marius Kota in their 141-pound match before muscling out a 9-7 win against OVU's Josue Rodriguez.

Paolo also started his day off with a major decision, outgunning the Warriors' Eric Januszkiewicz by a 10-2 count at 149 pounds before edging the Fighting Scots' Tyler Green, 1-0.

Antesberger prevailed in a pair of tight matches at 174 pounds. The Alaska native downed East Stroudsburg's Dan Ingulli in his first match before wrapping up his day's work with a 3-1 win against Ohio Valley's Austin Antill.

East Stroudsburg opened the triangular with a 42-12 win against Ohio Valley.

The Hilltopper mat squad will head to Wheeling Jesuit on Jan. 24 to compete in the West Virginia Collegiate Invitational.

East Stroudsburg 21 West Liberty 17
125: Anthony Marino (ESU) d. Zach Brown, 8-7, TB-1
133: Connor Maliff (ESU) d. Joe Wagstaff, 7-1
141: Anthony Craig (WLU) md. Marius Kola, 11-2
149: Joel Paolo (WLU) md. Eric Januszkiewicz, 10-2
157: David Schlieper (WLU) d. Ardis Smith, 7-2
165: DeMadre Turner (WLU) d. Matt Wax, 4-0
174: Eric Antesberger (WLU) d. Dan Ingulli, 4-1
184: Luke DeLuise (ESU) d. Danny Doyle, 1-0
197: Tyler Richardson (ESU) won by forfeit
285: Tyson Searer (ESU) won by forfeit

West Liberty 39 Ohio Valley 9
125: Zach Brown (WLU) won by forfeit
133: Joe Wagstaff (WLU) won by forfeit
141: Anthony Craig (WLU) d. Josue Rodriguez, 9-7
149: Joel Paolo (WLU) d. Tyler Green, 1-0
157: David Schlieper (WLU) won by forfeit
165: DeMadre Turner (WLU) won by forfeit
174: Eric Antesberger (WLU) d. Austin Antill, 3-1
184: Jabari Irons (OVU) d. Danny Doyle, 9-3
197: Chase Long (OVU) won by forfeit
285: Aaron Silverio (WLU) won by forfeit

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