WLU Wrestlers Come Up Short in Triangular

January 15, 2017

CLARION, Pa. – The West Liberty University wrestling team continued to challenge itself here Sunday afternoon as Coach Mitch Smith's youthful Hilltoppers dropped a pair of dual matches to NCAA Division I squads in a triangular meet at Tippin Gym on the campus of Clarion University.

The Black and Gold closed out the afternoon with a 39-3 loss to the host Golden Eagles after opening the triangular with a 44-0 setback against Hofstra (N.Y.). Hofstra rolled to a 28-5 win against Clarion in the other match.

Bryce Humphreys picked up the lone win for West Liberty on the day when he muscled out a 6-2 win against the Golden Eagles' Roshaun Cooley to forge a 3-3 tie in the early going of the final match.

Clarion picked up a forfeit at 141 and then pulled out a pair of narrow decisions to take control of the match.

The Hilltoppers' Josh Cornell came up just short in a 6-4 loss to Jake Keller in their 149-pound match. The Golden Eagles' Taylor Cahill followed up with a hard-fought 5-2 win against WLU's DeMadre Turner at 157 and the hosts were on their way.

West Liberty will be back in action at home on Saturday when West Liberty hosts the annual West Virginia Invitational. Opening round matches are set for a 10 a.m. start at the ASRC.

Hofstra 44, West Liberty 0
125: Jacob Martin (HU) d. Zach Brown, 9-5
133: Vinny Vespa (HU) d. Bryce Humphreys, 10-5
141: Conner Burkert (HU) won by forfeit
149: Connor Muli (HU) md. Josh Cornell, 9-1
157: Jake Kaminsky (HU) md. DeMadre Turner, 14-5
165: Bobby Fehr (HU) tf. Tryston Kessler, 16-1
174: Sage Heller (HU) won by forfeit
184: Michael Oxley (HU) d. Nate Dawson, 4-0
197: Nezar Haddad (HU) d. Logan Kemp, 4-2
285: Omar Haddad (HU) p. Chris Cook, n/a

Clarion 39, West Liberty 3
125: Cameron Butler (CU) d. Zach Brown, 7-1
133: Bryce Humphreys (WLU) d. Roshaun Cooley, 6-2
141: Brock Zacherl (CU) won by forfeit
149: Jake Keller (CU) d. Josh Cornell, 6-4
157: Taylor Cahill (CU) d. DeMadre Turner, 5-2
165: Jack Peura (CU) tf. Tryston Kessler, 18-2
174: Dom Rigous (CU) won by forfeit
184: Scott Marmoll (CU) md. Nate Dawson, 11-3
197: Terrell Fields (CU) d. Garrett Vulcano, 4-1
285: Nick Shawley (CU) p. Chris Cook, 1:28

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