WLU Wrestlers Come Up Short in Triangular

January 8, 2017

WEST LIBERTY, W.Va. – The West Liberty University wrestling team dropped a pair of matches in a Sunday afternoon triangular at the ASRC.

Coach Mitch Smith's youthful Hilltoppers came out on the short end of a 31-9 count in their first match against No. 15-ranked Seton Hill before losing a heartbreaking 22-21 decision to Alderson-Broaddus in the nightcap. Seton Hill downed A-B, 37-10, in the first match of the day.

In WLU's match against Seton Hill, Bryce Humphreys pulled the Hilltoppers into an early 3-3 tie with an impressive 10-4 win against Tyler Kenney at 133 pounds but the nationally-ranked Griffins swept the next six weight classes to clinch the win.

West Liberty finished strong with back-to-back wins in the final two matches. Garrett Vulcano scored a 7-4 decision against Jake Temple at 197 and Chris Cook outlasted Lou Maser, 4-1, in the 285-pound finale.

The A-B match got off to a disappointing start when senior standout Zach Brown had to default his 125-pound match late in the first period due to injury.

Humphreys got the hosts on the board at 133 with a 7-3 win against Cody Buchanan but a forfeit at 141 pounds put the visiting Battlers ahead to stay.

The Black and Gold didn't go down without a fight as Josh Cornell delivered a strong 12-6 decision against Matt Harris in their 149-pound match and Vulcano picked up his second win of the day at 197, with a 5-1 victory against James Bennett.

West Liberty also collected forfeit points at 165 and 285 but it wasn't quite enough to prevent Alderson-Broaddus from escaping the ASRC with the one-point win.

The Hilltoppers travel to Clarion, Pa. next Sunday for another triangular. The Black and Gold will take on the host Golden Eagles and NCAA Division I Hofstra with the first match set for 1 p.m.

No. 15 Seton Hill 31, West Liberty 9
125: Alan Diltz (SHU) d. Zach Brown, 5-1
133: Bryce Humphreys (WLU) d. Tyler Kenney, 10-4
141: Anthony Mastrangelo (SHU) won by forfeit
149: Ty Lydic (SHU) d. Josh Cornell, 9-2
157: Zach Voytek (SHU) p. DeMadre Turner, 1:34
165: Zack Recklein (SHU) md. Josh Spurlock, 19-5
174: Zach Mattucci (SHU) p. Tryston Kessler, 1:59
184: Billy Bowlen (SHU) d. Nate Dawson, 6-2
197: Garrett Vulcano (WLU) d. Jake Temple, 7-4
285: Chris Cook (WLU) d. Lou Maser, 4-1

Alderson-Broaddus 22, West Liberty 21
125: Breandon Coughlin (A-B) won by injury default over Zach Brown
133: Bryce Humphreys (WLU) d. Cody Buchanan, 7-3
141: Micah Powell (A-B) won by forfeit
149: Josh Cornell (WLU) d. Matt Harris, 12-6
157: Jason West (A-B) d. DeMadre Turner, 12-6
165: Josh Spurlock (WLU) won by forfeit
174: Davis Solak (A-B) md. Tryston Kessler, 15-6
184: Cody Spinks (A-B) d. Nate Dawson, 8-2
197: Garrett Vulcano (WLU) d. James Bennett, 5-1
285: Chris Cook (WLU) won by forfeit

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