JOHNSTOWN, Pa. – The No. 14-ranked West Liberty University wrestling team got off to a good start in Friday night's opening round of the Super Region One Duals, finishing strong in a 27-15 victory against American International at Pitt-Johnstown's Sports Center.
Three Hilltopper wrestlers closed up shop early with pins to spur the runaway victory.
Dillon Nolte notched a first-period fall at 133 pounds while Derrick Williams (184) and JD Ramsey (285) each stopped their opponents in the second round.
American International put up a good fight in the early going and actually carried a 15-9 lead into the final four matches despite Nolte's fall and a decision by nationally-ranked Nick Wykoff at 141 pounds but AIC never entered the winner's circle again.
Matt Littleton started the Hilltopper comeback with a major decision at 174 pounds and Williams put WLU ahead to stay with his fall at 184.
Jake Donley kept things going by pitching a 1-0 shutout at 197 and Ramsey, the Hilltoppers' nationally-ranked heavyweight, finished with a flourish by posting West Liberty's third pin of the match.
The Hilltoppers close out the Super Region One Duals with a pair of matches on Saturday. The Black and Gold take on East Stroudsburg in an 11 a.m. match before wrapping things up against UNC-Pembroke at 1 p.m.
No. 14 West Liberty 27, American International 15
125 – Ludorf (AIC) d. Wagstaff (WL), 6-2
133 – Nolte (WL) p. Lishke (AIC), 3:00
141 – Wykoff (WL) d. Smith (AIC), 6-4
149 – Hoffman (AIC) won by forfeit
157 – Kail (AIC) d. Gavin (WL), 7-5
165 – Tetreault (AIC) d. Nolan (WL), 9-3
174 – Littleton (WL) d. Bereschenko (AIC), 9-4
184 – Williams (WL) p. Bloch (AIC), 5:00
197 – Donley (WL) d. Cojocaru (AIC), 1-0
285 – Ramsey (WL) p. Hines (AIC), 4:43