Cardinals Win Final Six Bouts, Take Hilltoppers on Mat

Novembr 30, 2017

WEST LIBERTY, W.Va. – Despite a rocky start of the night, the Cardinals rebounded to take their fourth-straight dual win over the rival Hilltoppers Thursday night. Wheeling Jesuit rattled off wins in the final six bouts, including four bonus-point matches in the 29-12 road victory at West Liberty.  

Trailing 12-3 after the first four matches, the Cardinals (2-0) kicked it into gear and reeled off 26 points in six bouts. At 184, Sawyer Leppla dominated his match before he pinned Logan Kemp at 6:21 as the leader of the four bonus-point WJU results.  

"Tough start to the dual, but I am really excited about the way we wrestled from the start to finish. We executed tonight in some of the areas we have been focusing on as a team and individually," exclaimed WJU head coach Danny Irwin.

Along with Leppla's impressive outing, Connor Craig (157) and Terrance Fanning (285) scored point-after-point on their ways to tech falls by identical 17-2 mark in only 38 seconds difference.  

"Connor Craig was impressive again not because of his result, but due to his approach & relentlessness! Something our entire team can look at and learn from," noted Irwin.  

After he watched his brother, Dustin Warner (133) get upset in sudden victory, Tyler Warner was tough in the follow 141-pound weight class. The redshirt freshman held Josh Ridgeway scoreless, 4-0, for the decision and the Cardinals first win of the night.  

"Ty Warner wrestled his most complete match of the year which helped get us back on track," pointed out the Cardinals coach.

  Aiden Pasiuk continued his early season strong start with a solid 13-4 major decision over 184-pound Chris Cook. Pasiuk followed Justice Avery's 11-5 victory over Chase Morgan at 174.  

Keegan Driscoll added the final decision win, 6-4, in the 165-match over Bryce Coleman.  

WJU has two days off until it takes part in the Lake Erie Storm Open on Sunday morning, Dec. 3.

"We have a short turnaround as we will see a high number of high level competitors at Lake Erie this Sunday," finished Irwin.  

Match Results

No. 23 Wheeling Jesuit 29, West Liberty 12
125      Corey Secrist (WLU) by forfeit                                                                   WLU 6-0
133      Darius Bunch (WLU) dec. Dustin Warner (WJU), SV-1 9-3                         WLU 9-0
141      Tyler Warner (WJU) dec. Josh Ridgeway (WLU), 4-0                                 WLU 9-3
149      Tanner Sutton (WLU) dec. Daniel Romero (WJU), SV-1 9-7                     WLU 12-3
157      Connor Craig (WJU) tech fall Logan Arneson (WLU) 17-2 5:23                     WLU 12-8
165      Keegan Driscoll (WJU) dec. Bryce Coleman (WLU), 6-4                                WLU 12-11
174      Justice Avery (WJU) dec. Chase Morgan (WLU), 11-5                                   WJU 14-12
184      Aiden Pasiuk (WJU) maj. dec. Chris Cook (WLU), 12-4                                 WJU 18-12
197      Sawyer Leppla (WJU) fall Logan Kemp (WLU), 6:21                                    WJU 24-12
285      Terrance Fanning (WJU) tech fall Ronnie D'Amico (WLU), 17-2 4:45          WJU 29-12


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