West Liberty overpowers Lake Erie in top-10 showdown

PAINESVILLE, Ohio -- After falling behind 13-8 midway through the dual the No. 3 West Liberty University wrestling team rallied off four consecutive wins to secure the 26-13 win over No. 8 Lake Erie on Thursday night. In the top-10 match-up of regional powers the Hilltoppers scored bonus points in four of their six wins while the Storm only earned one bonus point victory on the night.

Final Score: No. 3 West Liberty 26, No. 8 Lake Erie 13
Team Records: No. 3 West Liberty 12-6, No. 8 Lake Erie 6-6


  • Alexander Crane fell in the opening bout of the night in a 7-3 decision to Anthony Sagaris. Sagaris recorded one takedown with a pair of 2-point near falls while Crane recorded a reversal and added one point on a penalty.
  • West Liberty's first win of the night came at 133 pounds as Matt Englehardt earned a 13-2 major decision win over Brenden Hamilton. Entering the third period with just a 5-2 lead, he earned the escape and closed the match with a takedown and a 4-point near fall to earn the bonus points.
  • Khyvon Grace took No. 10 Corey Gamet to overtime at 141 pounds, however he fell in extra time for just the second time in 2023-24 as Gamet secured the takedown.
  • No. 6 Nico Taddy notched the second win by major decision of the dual for the Hilltoppers, defeating Carsen Richards 11-0. He recorded a pair of takedowns in the match and added a 4-point takedown in the second period.
  • Austin Fietz put Lake Erie back in front with a 10-4 win by decision over Armon Nettey at 157 pounds. Fietz held a 9-3 lead following the first period with the only scoring to follow being an escape by each wrestler at the start of the ensuing periods.
  • Jack Haskin, the No. 2 ranked wrestler at 157 pounds, bumped up a weight class to 165 pounds and extended the Storm's lead to 13-8 with a 13-4 major decision over Breagan Pearson. Haskin notched four takedowns in the match while Pearson's only points came on four escapes.
    The first of four consecutive wins for WLU to close the dual came at 174 pounds as Christian Chavez earned a 4-1 win in sudden victory-1 over Thomas Potter. Securing the victory in his first overtime bout of the season, Chavez brought the Hilltoppers with two points at 13-11.
  • No. 1 Ty McGeary earned the first of two pins for the Black & Gold in the, defeating Paul Scaramuzzino in 2:43 for his eighth pin of the season.
  • Mason Christian and Brylan Clouse entered overtime in a 1-1 tie and remained even after sudden victory-1 as they went to the tiebreaker rounds. After each wrestler recorded an escape Christian sealed the win with riding time.
  • No. 2 Francesco Borsellino ended the dual with a win by fall (6:55) over Dylan Norris at 285 pounds. He secured the win by fall with the turn in the closing seconds after building up a 7-0 advantage.

    125 Anthony Sagaris (Lake Erie) over Alexander Crane (West Liberty) (Dec 7-3) 3 0
    133 Matt Englehardt (West Liberty) over Brenden Hamilton (Lake Erie) (MD 13-2) 0 4
    141 Corey Gamet (Lake Erie) over Khyvon Grace (West Liberty) (SV-1 4-1) 3 0
    149 Nico Taddy (West Liberty) over Carsen Richards (Lake Erie) (MD 11-0) 0 4
    157 Austin Fietz (Lake Erie) over Armon Nettey (West Liberty) (Dec 10-4) 3 0
    165 Jack Haskin (Lake Erie) over Breagan Pearson (West Liberty) (MD 13-4) 4 0
    174 Christian Chavez (West Liberty) over Thomas Potter (Lake Erie) (SV-1 4-1) 0 3
    184 Ty McGeary (West Liberty) over Paul Scaramuzzino (Lake Erie) (Fall 2:43) 0 6
    197 Mason Christian (West Liberty) over Brylan Clouse (Lake Erie) (TB-1 2-1) 0 3
    285 Francesco Borsellino (West Liberty) over Dylan Norris (Lake Erie) (Fall 6:55) 0 6

    No. 3 West Liberty will next be in action on Sunday, February 11, as they travel to University Heights, Ohio, to compete at the John Carroll Open. Wrestling will get underway at 9 a.m. for the Hilltoppers.