West Liberty Wrestlers Fall at No. 6 Pitt-Johnstown


JOHNSTOWN, Pa. No. 6 Pitt-Johnstown flexed its nationally-ranked muscles Friday night with an impressive 39-6 dual meet victory against Atlantic Region rival West Liberty.

With four returning All-Americans and six national qualifiers in the lineup, the Mountain Cats (1-0) coached by WLU Hall of Famer Pat Pecora notched three first-period falls to go along with a pair of technical falls and two major decisions in winning eight of the 10 matches on the night.

Despite the lop-sided final margin, Coach Mitch Smith's visiting Hilltoppers (1-4) didn't go down without a fight.

Johnathan Spence dominated his match at 133 pounds and came away with a 7-1 decision to put the visitors on the board early. Senior vet David Schlieper provided West Liberty's other points with a solid 4-2 win at 157 pounds.

The Hilltoppers will be idle over the weekend but return to the mats on Thursday when they host Ohio County rival Wheeling Jesuit in a 7 p.m. dual at the ASRC.

Pitt-Johnstown 39 West Liberty 6
125: Evan Link (UPJ) tf. Zach Brown, 17-0
133: Johnathan Spence (WLU) d. James Harrison, 7-1
141: Sam Hanau (UPJ) p. Josh Cornell, :53
149: Travis Shaffer (UPJ) tf. Anthony Craig, 16-0
157: David Schlieper (WLU) d. Lucas Palamides, 4-2
165: Tyler Reinhart (UPJ) md. Demadre Turner, 13-2
174: John Blankenship (UPJ) md. Daniel Carpenter, 9-1
184: Travis McKillop (UPJ) p. Doug Sizemore, :22
197: Tyler Oliver (UPJ) d. Nathan Dawson, 4-0
285: Damon Sims (UPJ) p. Matt Dixon, 2:43

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