WEST LIBERTY, W.Va. – The West Liberty University wrestling team rolled to its third dual meet victory in as many outings Wednesday night with a 24-9 rout of Waynesburg (Pa.) in the Hilltoppers' home opener at the ASRC.
Coach Brian Davis's hosts, now 3-0 on the young season, won seven of the 10 matches on the night with a major decision and technical fall thrown in for good measure.
The Yellow Jackets, an NCAA Division III program which had defeated NCAA Division II No. 20 Shippensburg (Pa.) in a dual meet earlier this fall, got off to a good start with a decision at 125 pounds but it was all West Liberty the rest of the way.
Dillon Nolte knotted the score at 3-3 with a decision at 133 pounds and 141-pounder Nick Wykoff put the hosts ahead to stay with a dominant performance, falling just short of a technical fall with a 16-2 major decision.
Art Hobley pushed the lead to 10-3 with a win at 149 pounds before the Yellowjackets came up with a decision at 157, keeping the visitors within reach on the short end of a 10-6 deficit.
Jarrod Shaw and Matt Littleton all but put the match out of reach with back-to-back wins for West Liberty at 165 and 174 pounds.
Cody Catalina charted a last-gasp win for Waynesburg at 184, cutting the lead to 16-9, but the Hilltoppers clinched the win with a Jacob Donley decision at 197 pounds and 285-pounder JD Ramsey finished with a flourish, pitching a 15-0 shutout for a technical fall in the final match of the night.
The West Liberty wrestlers go back on the road Saturday when they compete in the Ohio Northern Invitational at Ada, Ohio
West Liberty 24, Waynesburg 9
125: Alex Crown (Way) d. Joe Wagstaff (WLU), 7-0
133: Dillon Nolte (WLU) d. Colton Blumer (Way), 8-5
141: Nick Wykoff (WLU) md. Aaron Mills (Way), 16-2
149: Art Hobley (WLU) d. Chris Milligan (Way), 6-2
157: Garrett Johnston (Way) d. AJ Gavin (WLU), 5-1
165: Jarrod Shaw (WLU) d. Sam Lombardo (Way), 10-5
174: Matt Littleton (WLU) d. Ryan Walters (Way), 3-1
184: Cody Catalina (Way) d. Derrick Williams (WLU), 3-2
197: Jacob Donley (WLU) d. Patrick Jennings (Way), 5-4
285: JD Ramsey (WLU) tf. Martin Kisla (Way), 15-0 (7:00)