Toppers Open at Terrapin Duals

November 2, 2015

COLLEGE PARK, Md. The West Liberty University wrestling team made its 2015-16 debut on Sunday with a trio of matches in the Terrapin Duals, hosted by the University of Maryland.

Coach Mitch Smith's Hilltoppers dropped a 41-0 decision to NCAA Division I Pitt but battled Kutztown (Pa.) to the wire before coming up short, 25-12. The Black and Gold closed out the event with a 24-9 loss to NCAA Division I Davidson.

Zach Brown got West Liberty off to a good start in the Kutztown match with a 10-6 win at 125 pounds for a 3-0 lead.

After a loss at 133, Josh Cornell's 9-8 thriller at 141 pounds put WLU back on top by a 6-3 count.

Kutztown reeled off back-to-back wins at 149 and 157 to grab a 10-6 advantage but the Hilltoppers weren't finished.

DeMadre Turner got West Liberty back on the board with a 4-2 win at 165 pounds and the Hilltoppers moved out to a 12-10 lead when Daniel Carpenter pulled away to a 9-5 win at 174 pounds.

A major decision followed by a fall and a forfeit at heavyweight enabled Kutztown to walk away with the win.

Brown and Cornell also helped WLU move out to an early lead in the final match of the day against Davidson. Brown posted a 5-4 win at 125 while Cornell also eked out a 5-4 decision, with his win coming in overtime.

A pair of one-point decisions went the other way in the heavier weights, however, and the Wildcats were able to pull away for the double-digit win.

Turner came through with an impressive 9-4 win at 165 pounds for his second victory of the day but it was too little, too late.

The West Liberty wrestling team opens the home portion of its schedule on Nov. 12 when the Hilltoppers host Waynesburg (Pa.) in a 7 p.m. match at the ASRC.

TERRAPIN DUALS (at College Park, Md.)

Kutztown 25, West Liberty 12
125: Zach Brown (WLU) d. Austin Petril, 10-6
133: Anthony Petril (KU) d. Jonathan Spence, 2-0
141: Josh Cornell (WLU) d. Zach Uerick, 9-8
149: Travis Roper (KU) d. Anthony Craig, 6-2
157: Matt Martoccio (KU) md. David Schlieper, 16-6
165: Demadre Turner (WLU) d. James Meyer, 4-2 (SV2)
174: Daniel Carpenter (WLU) d. Christian Gayle, 9-5
184: Ryan Krecker (KU) md. Doug Sizemore, 15-6
197: Collin Schlidt (KU) p. Matt Dixon, 2:05
285: Ryan Appleby (KU) won by forfeit

Pitt 41, West Liberty 0
125: Tyler Kenney (P) d. Zach Brown, 5-1
133: Dom Forys (P) p. Jonathan Spence, 4:47
141: Nick Zanetta (P) tf. Josh Cornell, 16-1
149: Robert Lee (P) p. Anthony Craig, 2:28
157: Joe Trovato (P) d. David Schlieper, 9-4
165: Cody Wiercioch (P) md. Demadre Turner, 18-6
174: Cam Jacobson (P) tf. Daniel Carpenter, 16-1
184: Zach Bruce (P) p. Doug Sizemore, 2:27
197: Matt Patrick (P) md. Matt Dixon, 11-3
285: Ryan Solomon (P) won by forfeit

Davidson 25, West Liberty 9
125: Zach Brown (WLU) d. Camden Bertucci, 5-4
133: Dustin Runzo (Dav) d. Johnathan Bodkin, 8-4
141: Josh Cornell (WLU) d. Billy McCelland, 5-4 2OT
149: Aidan Conroy (D) d. Anthony Craig, 8-6
157: Tony Polumbo (D) d. David Schlieper, 3-2
165: DeMadre Turner (WLU) d. Patrick Devlin, 9-4
174: Nathaniel Powers (D) d. Eric VandenBossche, 5-4
184: Konner Pritchard (D) d. Dan Carpenter, 4-1
197: Ryan Devlin (D) md. Doug Sizemore, 10-1
285: Will Cooley (D) p. Matt Dixon

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