Golden Bears Drop Two in Home Tri-Match

Deceamber 9, 2017

BECKLEY, West Virginia -- WVU Tech wrestling opened their home schedule Saturday afternoon in Beckley, West Virginia, hosting Liberty University and Southern Virginia University for a tri-match. The Golden Bears fell to the Flames, 39-11, before dropping the final match to the Knights, 27-24. Liberty finished 2-0 in Beckley, also defeating Southern Virginia, 38-12.

Senior Paul Gonzales (125 pounds) and sophomore Leland Swafford (157 pounds) were undefeated, 2-0, in Van Meter Gym Saturday. Gonzales, a Snow Hill, Maryland native, recorded a fall (2:24) against Liberty's Keegan Smith and earned a major decision (11-0) versus SVU's Aaron Freidhof.

Swafford, who hails from Beckley, picked up a win by fall (2:30) over the Knights' Zachary Davidson and earned six team points for Tech with a forfeit win against Liberty.

Freshman Logan Robertson (133 pounds) recorded a technical fall, 19-3, over Southern Virginia's Jayson Cody while senior Corey Palmer (174 pounds) defeated SVU's Keaton Gomez by decision, 4-3.

Next on the schedule, Tech will host St. Andrews University January 5 in Van Meter Gym.

WVU Tech vs. Liberty University

FINAL SCORE: Flames 39, Golden Bears 11
125lbs. Paul Gonzales (WVU Tech) Fall Keegan Smith (Liberty) 6 pts. / 2:24 6-0
133lbs. Blake Justis (Liberty) Decision TJ Bean (WVU Tech) 9-8 6-3
141lbs. Ried Steward (Liberty) Decision Devin Wilhelm (WVU Tech) 2-0 5-6 (Tech point deducted for team infraction.)
149lbs. Ashton Robinson (Liberty) Decision Robert Pritt (WVU Tech) 6-5 5-9
157lbs Leland Swafford (WVU Tech) Forfeit Liberty 6 pts. 11-9
165lbs. Joe Scott (Liberty) Fall Caleb Barley (WVU Tech) 6 pts. / 1:55 11-15
174lbs. Sam Karel (Liberty) Fall Corey Palmer (WVU Tech) 6 pts. / 2:50 11-21
184lbs. Josh Mcllhenny (Liberty) Fall Micah Ortiz (WVU Tech) 6 pts. / 1:27 11-27
197lbs. Taylor Westlake (Liberty) Forfeit WVU Tech 6 pts. 11-33
285lbs. Dominick Johnson (Liberty) Fall Noah Julian (WVU Tech) 6 pts. / 2:56 11-39

WVU Tech vs. Southern Virginia University

FINAL SCORE: Golden Bears 24, Knights 27
125lbs. Paul Gonzales (WVU Tech) Major Decision Aaron Freidhof (SVU) 11-0 4-0
133lbs. Logan Robertson (WVU Tech) Technical Fall Jayson Cody (SVU) 19-3 9-0
141lbs. Devin Wilhelm (WVU Tech) Forfeit SVU 6 pts. 15-0
149lbs. Blaine Phillips (SVU) Major Decision Robert Pritt (WVU Tech) 17-7 15-4
157lbs Leland Swafford (WVU Tech) Fall Zachary Davidson (SVU) 6 pts. / 2:30 21-4
165lbs. Matthew Rohrdanz (SVU) Technical Fall Caleb Barley (WVU Tech) 16-0 21-9
174lbs. Corey Palmer (WVU Tech) Decision Keaton Gomez (SVU) 4-3 24-9
184lbs. Gordon Whitaker (SVU) Fall Micah Ortiz (WVU Tech) 6 pts. / 1:30 24-15
197lbs. Quigley Whitaker (SVU) Forfeit WVU Tech 6 pts. 24-21
285lbs. Alex Brunner (SVU) Fall Noah Julian (WVU Tech) 3:40 24-27

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