Midwest Classic

December 19-20, 2015
University of Indianapolis, Indianapolis, IN

Multiple Wins for Hilltoppers in Midwest Classic

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. The West Liberty University wrestling team gave a good account of itself here Saturday at the prestigious Midwest Classic, hosted by the University of Indianapolis.

Several members of Coach Mitch Smith's youthful squad picked up victories on the mat but none were able to advance to Sunday's placing rounds in the mammoth 31-team field, which featured no less than 10 squads from the latest NCAA Division II Top 20 poll along with several nationally-ranked NAIA programs.

A trio of Hilltoppers advanced to the third round of consolation matches on Saturday while three others were able to add a victory to their season total.

West Liberty 125-pounder Zach Brown received a first-round bye before dropping a hard-fought 5-0 decision to an unbeaten wrestler in the second round. Dropping down to the consolation bracket, Brown got a bye through his second-round consolation match before being eliminated by Ashland's Sebastian Vidka, 9-4, in the third round of consolations.

Dominic Vagnier, WLU's 133-pounder, lost his opening match but rebounded with a 12-8 decision against Dylan Carlile of Emmanuel in his first-round consolation match. Vagnier stayed alive with a 7-4 nod against St. Catherine's Gage Branson in the second round consolations only to see his tournament come to an end due to injury default in the third period of his third-round consolation match against Ashland's Chandler Minnard.

Anthony Craig opened with a 16-4 major decision against Lindsey Wilson's Logan Hatfield in a first-round match at 141 but a tough draw kept him from advancing any farther.

At 149, Cole Nace rebounded from a first-round loss by sprinting off to a 24-6 technical fall against Shorter's Deonte Mitchell in his first wrestle-back. Nace fell to Lake Erie's Nick Boggs in a second round consolation.

Eric VandenBossche was knocked into the consolation bracket by a first-period fall in his opening match at 184 but came back strong with a first-period fall of his own against Chase Wrisinger of Truman State in a first round consolation. VandenBossche dropped a tough 6-4 decision to host Indianapolis' Taylor DeLong in their second round consolation tilt.

Hilltopper 197-pounder Nathan Dawson also lost his first round match but gutted out a 3-2 win against Temaris Dixon of Coker in the first tiebreaker to advance out of the first round consolation. Dawson followed that up with a forfeit win against Lindsey Wilson's Jake Maupin in the second round consolation before falling by a 6-2 count to McKendree's Luke Diener in their third round consolation match.

Wisconsin-Parkside has 76.5 points to carry a slim lead into Sunday's action. Maryville (Mo.) is second at 69.5 with Pitt-Johnstown and Upper Iowa tied for third place at 64. Lake Erie rounds out the top five with 62 team points.

Team Scores
1. Maryville University 121.5
2. University of Wisconsin - Parkside 119.5
3. University of Pittsburgh - Johnstown 103.0
3. Upper Iowa University 103.0
5. Lake Erie College 91.0
6. Wheeling Jesuit University 72.5
7. University of Indianapolis 69.0
8. Ashland University 63.5
8. University of Findlay 63.5
10. Western State University 58.0
11. Newberry College 57.0

12. Indiana Institute of Technology 56.5
13. McKendree University 49.0
14. University of North Carolina Pembroke 44.5
15. Life University 42.5
16. Tiffin University 42.0
17. Coker College 39.5
18. Campbellsville College 37.0
19. Adams State University 33.5
20. King University 31.5
21. Emmanuel College 30.0

22. Shorter University 29.0
23. St. Catharine College 26.5
24. University of Cumberlands 20.0
25. University of Central Missouri 14.0
26. West Liberty University 11.0
27. Ohio Valley University 5.0
27. Truman State University 5.0
29. Brewton-Parker College 3.5
30. Lindsey Wilson College 3.0
31. Mount St. Joseph University 0.0


Midwest Classic Tournament Results for West Liberty University

125 - Zach Brown (6-7) place is unknown and scored 0.50 team points.
Champ. Round 1 - Zach Brown (West Liberty University) 6-7 received a bye () (Bye)
Champ. Round 2 - Dustin Warner (Wheeling Jesuit University) 16-1 won by decision over Zach Brown (West Liberty University) 6-7 (Dec 5-0)
Cons. Round 2 - Zach Brown (West Liberty University) 6-7 won by decision over James Nolan (University of Cumberlands ) 7-6 (Dec 13-6)
Cons. Round 3 - Sebastian Vidika (Ashland University ) 6-2 won by decision over Zach Brown (West Liberty University) 6-7 (Dec 9-4)

133 - Dominic Vaginer (5-7) place is unknown and scored 1.00 team points.
Cons. Round 2 - Dominic Vaginer (West Liberty University) 5-7 won by decision over Gage Branson (St. Catharine College ) 12-5 (Dec 7-4)
Cons. Round 3 - Chandler Minnard (Ashland University ) 5-3 won by injury default over Dominic Vaginer (West Liberty University) 5-7 (Inj. 5:42)

141 - Anthony Craig (5-7) place is unknown and scored 2.00 team points.
Champ. Round 1 - Anthony Craig (West Liberty University) 5-7 won by major decision over Logan Hatfield (Lindsey Wilson College ) 0-2 (MD 16-4)
Champ. Round 2 - Nate Rodriguez (Maryville University) 4-0 won by fall over Anthony Craig (West Liberty University) 5-7 (Fall 1:00)
Cons. Round 2 - Darren Wynn (McKendree University) 18-7 won by tech fall over Anthony Craig (West Liberty University) 5-7 (TF-1.5 6:19 (20-4))

149 - Cole Nace (2-4) place is unknown and scored 2.00 team points.
Champ. Round 1 - Frank Yatonni (University of Wisconsin - Parkside) 12-5 won by tech fall over Cole Nace (West Liberty University) 2-4 (TF-1.5 2:56 (19-3))
Cons. Round 1 - Cole Nace (West Liberty University) 2-4 won by tech fall over Deonte Mitchell (Shorter University) 6-8 (TF-1.5 4:28 (24-6))
Cons. Round 2 - Nick Boggs (Lake Erie College) 3-2 won by fall over Cole Nace (West Liberty University) 2-4 (Fall 6:26)

157 - David Schlieper (6-5) place is unknown and scored 0.00 team points.
Champ. Round 1 - Brandt Welcher (University of Wisconsin - Parkside) 13-9 won by decision over David Schlieper (West Liberty University) 6-5 (Dec 5-4)
Cons. Round 1 - David Schlieper (West Liberty University) 6-5 received a bye () (Bye)
Cons. Round 2 - Derrick Swaney (Maryville University) 2-2 won by decision over David Schlieper (West Liberty University) 6-5 (Dec 6-4)

165 - Demadre Turner (7-5) place is unknown and scored 0.00 team points.
Champ. Round 1 - Mathew Vandermeer (Lake Erie College) 4-2 won by decision over Demadre Turner (West Liberty University) 7-5 (Dec 4-2)
Cons. Round 1 - Demadre Turner (West Liberty University) 7-5 received a bye () (Bye)
Cons. Round 2 - Nicholas Skonieczny (University of Findlay) 16-9 won by decision over Demadre Turner (West Liberty University) 7-5 (Dec 2-0)

174 - Daniel Carpenter (2-10) place is unknown and scored 0.00 team points.
Champ. Round 1 - Wally Figaro (Shorter University) 7-3 won by major decision over Daniel Carpenter (West Liberty University) 2-10 (MD 16-6)
Cons. Round 1 - Dustin McClintock (Truman State University) 1-2 won by decision over Daniel Carpenter (West Liberty University) 2-10 (Dec 11-10)

184 - Eric VandenBossche (3-6) place is unknown and scored 2.50 team points.
Champ. Round 1 - Huston Evans (Newberry College) 14-4 won by fall over Eric VandenBossche (West Liberty University) 3-6 (Fall 2:17)
Cons. Round 1 - Eric VandenBossche (West Liberty University) 3-6 won by fall over Chase Wrisinger (Truman State University) 0-2 (Fall 2:40)
Cons. Round 2 - Taylor DeLong (University of Indianapolis) 9-6 won by decision over Eric VandenBossche (West Liberty University) 3-6 (Dec 6-4)

197 - Nathan Dawson (5-5) place is unknown and scored 3.00 team points.
Champ. Round 1 - Josh Anthony (University of Wisconsin - Parkside) 16-4 won by decision over Nathan Dawson (West Liberty University) 5-5 (Dec 12-5)
Cons. Round 1 - Nathan Dawson (West Liberty University) 5-5 won in tie breaker - 1 over Temaris Dixon (Coker College) 10-6 (TB-1 3-2)
Cons. Round 2 - Nathan Dawson (West Liberty University) 5-5 won by medical forfeit over Jake Maupin (Lindsey Wilson College ) 0-2 (M. For.)
Cons. Round 3 - Luke Diener (McKendree University) 11-13 won by decision over Nathan Dawson (West Liberty University) 5-5 (Dec 6-2)

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