Big Day for West Liberty Wrestlers


WASHINGTON, Pa. The West Liberty University wrestling team breezed to a trio of impressive victories here Saturday afternoon during a quadrangular meet hosted by Washington & Jefferson.

Coach Mitch Smith's Hilltoppers kicked things off with a 37-6 romp past Penn State-Behrend before handing Thomas More (Ohio) a 41-4 defeat. The Black and Gold closed out the meet with a 34-18 victory against the host Presidents.

In the opening match against PSU-Behrend, West Liberty got a 14-0 major decision from Steven Slack at 125, picked up a pair of forfeits at 133 and 141, and never looked back.

Logan Arneson (149), Josh Cornell (157) and Chris Cook (184) notched decisions for the Black and Gold while 174-pounder Chase Morgan highlighted the victory with a first-period fall.

The Hilltoppers' dominance was even more in evidence against Thomas More. Corey Secrist (125) and Darius Bunch (133) got the match off to a flying start with back-to-back major decisions before Miles Mazik (141) and Tanner Sutton (149) scored first- and second-period falls, respectively, to put WLU on top by a 20-0 tally after just four matches.

Cornell, Morgan and Cook added to the total with decision wins and West Liberty finished with a flourish, picking up pins from Logan Kemp (197) and Ronnie D'Amico (285) in the final two bouts.

Washington & Jefferson battled West Liberty on even terms through the first seven weight classes, rallying to forge an 18-18 deadlock heading into the 184-pound match.

Cook put the Hilltoppers ahead to stay with his third win of the day, a 12-1 major decision against William Oberschelp.

Kemp followed with a fall at 197 against W&J's Marty Shulik and D'Amico came up big again with his second straight first-period fall, needing just 92 seconds to finish off the Senators' Derek Allen. Jacob Ramsey also had a big win, picking up a fall in the third period of his 165-pound match.

West Liberty heads to Ashland (Ohio) on Friday for a 7 p.m. dual.

West Liberty 37, PSU-Behrend 6
125: Steven Slack (WLU) md. Jacob Fankhouser, 14-0
133: Darius Bunch (WLU) won by forfeit
141: Josh Ridgeway (WLU) won by forfeit
149: Logan Arneson (WLU) d. Jake Ognibene, 10-4
157: Josh Cornell (WLU) d. Sam Svetz, 7-5
165: Max McCann (PSU-B) d. Jacob Ramsey, 10-4
174: Chase Morgan (WLU) p. Zachary Ishman, 2:30
184: Chris Cook (WLU) d. Jake Paulson, 8-6
197: Logan Kemp (WLU) won by forfeit
285: Jacob Lenhardt (PSU-B) d. Ron D'Amico, 5-0?

West Liberty 41, Thomas More 4
125: Corey Secrist (WLU) md. Brady Wells, 10-2
133: Darius Bunch (WLU) md. Tanner Yenter, 13-1
141: Miles Mazik (WLU) p. Parker Buschelman, 2:18
149: Tanner Sutton (WLU) p. Andrew Tevis, 4:13
157: Josh Cornell (WLU) d. Jimmy Traub, 6-5
165: Gunnar Dawson (TM) md. Jacob Ramsey, 17-6
174: Chase Morgan (WLU) d. Andrew Taylor, 6-3
184: Chris Cook (WLU) d. Avery Jones, 9-5
197: Logan Kemp (WLU) p. James Caniglia, 4:40
285: Ron D'Amico (WLU) p. Hamilton Young, 2:30??

West Liberty 34, Washington & Jefferson 18
125 Corey Secrist (WLU) won by forfeit
133 Darius Bunch (WLU) won by forfeit
141 Mike Heinl (W&J) md. Miles Mazik, 13-0
149 Sam Florentino (W&J) md. Logan Ameson, 10-1
157 Hunter Neely (W&J) md. Josh Cornell, 16-5
165 Jacob Ramsey (WLU) p. Lawrence Schrott, 6:47
174 Alex Miller (W&J) p. Chase Morgan, 2:38
184 Chris Cook (WLU) md. William Oberschelp, 12-1
197 Logan Kemp (WLU) p. Marty Shulik, 5:22
285 Ron D'Amico (WLU) p. Derek Allen, 1:32
EXH Brandon Keys (WLU) p Kyle Beard, 2:15

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