Toppers Rally Past LIU

January 9, 2016
AT East Stroudsburg PA

EAST STROUDSBURG, Pa. The West Liberty University wrestling team split a triangular Saturday afternoon, knocking off LIU-Post by a 24-19 count before dropping a 20-13 decision to host East Stroudsburg.

Coach Mitch Smith's Hilltoppers (3-8) spotted the Pioneers (6-9) an early lead in the opener before reeling off five straight wins to put the match on ice.

Zach Brown got WLU off to a flying start with a fall at 125 but LIU-Post bounced back with consecutive technical falls and a decision for a 13-6 lead.

It was all West Liberty after that.

David Schlieper and DeMadre Turner posted back-to-back wins at 157 and 165 before Eric VandenBossche put the Hilltoppers ahead to stay, 15-13, with an 11-5 win at 174 against the Pioneers' Dan Arkow.

Daniel Carpenter applied the coup de grace with a fall at 184 and Nate Dawson pushed West Liberty's lead to 24-13 with a 4-3 nod against Jake Horton in their 197-pound bout.

Post picked up a forfeit win at 285 to make the final margin a bit more respectable.

The Hilltoppers and Warriors (5-2) battled on even terms throughout their match with the hosts able to pull out the win at the end.

West Liberty grabbed a quick 6-0 lead when Brown and 133-pounder Jonathan Spence opened with back-to-back decisions.

Momentum swung back in the Warriors' favor when they followed a technical fall at 141 with back-to-back one-point decisions at 149 and 157 to take an 11-6 lead.

A major decision by Turner at 165 pulled West Liberty within a point, 11-10, but another one-point decision ESU's third one-point decision of the match at 174 pounds gave the hosts a 14-10 lead.

That allowed East Stroudsburg 184-pounder Tyler Richardson to put the match out of reach with a first-period fall, pushing the count to 20-10.

The Hilltoppers' Dawson closed out the match with his second win of the day, a 3-1 verdict in the first sudden victory period. There was no 285-pound bout.

West Liberty goes back on the road Tuesday night with a 7 p.m. dual at Ohio Valley University in Vienna, W.Va.

West Liberty 24 LIU-Post 19
125 - Zach Brown (WLU) p. Tyler Walsh, 6:42
133 - Joe Calderone (LIU) tf. Jonathan Spence, 15-0
141 - Vinny Turano (LIU) tf. Josh Cornell, 18-3
149 - T.J. Fabian (LIU) d. Cole Nace, 12-5
157 - David Schlieper (WLU) d. Jackson Mordente, 8-3
165 - DeMadre Turner (WLU) d. Ed Ramirez, 7-5
174 - Erik VandenBossche (WLU) d. Dan Arkow, 11-5
184 - Daniel Carpenter (WLU) p. Logan McGinn, 5:38
197 - Nathan Dawson (WLU) d. Jake Horton, 4-3
285 - Monair McDonald (LIU) won by forfeit

East Stroudsburg 20 West Liberty 13
125 - Zach Brown (WLU) d. Collyn Dorney, 5-3
133 - Jonathan Spence (WLU) d. Connor Maliff, 8-6
141 - Dylan Nace (ESU) tf. Josh Cornell, 20-1
149 - Blake Cohen (ESU) d. Cole Nace, 8-7
157 - Joey Kratochvil (ESU) d. David Schlieper, 5-4
165 - DeMadre Turner (WLU) md. Josh Deutel, 9-1
174 - Joe Welk (ESU) d. Eric VandenBossche, 8-7
184 - Tyler Richardson (ESU) p. Daniel Carpenter, 2:29
197 - Nathan Dawson (WLU) d. Justin Walker, 3-1 SV-

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