WLU Wrestling Falls to Shippensburg

February 6, 2016

WEST LIBERTY, W.Va. The West Liberty University wrestling team grabbed an early lead but couldn't hang on Saturday afternoon as Shippensburg rallied to a 31-12 victory in dual meet action at the ASRC.

Coach Mitch Smith's Hilltoppers (4-11) got off to a fast start as Zach Brown rolled to an 11-3 major decision against David Reagan in a battle of regionally-ranked 125-pounders and WLU teammate Bryce Humphreys dominated Dante Steffenino in a 23-8 technical fall.

The visiting Raiders (10-6) won the next three matches to take a 10-9 lead but West Liberty's DeMadre Turner, the region's No. 5-ranked 165-pounder, gutted out a 7-6 win against Mark Lentz to put the Black and Gold back on top, 12-10, heading into the final four weight classes.

That proved to be the high-water mark for the hosts, however, as Shippensburg pulled out last-minute falls in each of the next two bouts to lock up the win. A decision at 197 and a WLU forfeit at 285 wrapped up the scoring.

West Liberty will close out its dual meet schedule at home on Friday when the Hilltoppers host Gannon in a 7 p.m. match.

The Hilltoppers will observe "Team Holdyn Night" on Friday as part of their fundraising efforts in support of Holdyn Keefer, a 4-year-old wrestling fan who was recently diagnosed with leukemia.

Shippensburg 31, West Liberty 12
125: Zach Brown (WLU) md. David Reagan, 11-3
133: Bryce Humphreys (WLU) tf Dante Steffenino, 23-8
141: Karl Lightner (Ship) d. Anthony Craig, 10-7
149: Cody Blankenship (Ship) md. Tyler Windland, 11-2
157: Adam Martz (Ship) d. David Schlieper, 1-0
165: DeMadre Turner (WLU) d. Mark Lentz, 7-6
174: Shane Springer (Ship) p. Daniel Carpenter, 6:47
184: Colton Rebert (Ship) p. Doug Sizemore, 6:52
197: Evan Ramos (Ship) d. Nate Dawson, 10-3
285: Shaheed Hill (Ship) won by forfeit

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