West Liberty Wrestle-offs open to public on October 27th

West Liberty University will be holding their annual wrestle-offs in the old Blatnik Gym on October 27, 2012, starting at 10 AM. The wrestle-offs are open to the public. There will be no admission charge, however, donations will be taken at the door. The money collected will be used to pay the officials. The wrestle-offs will be conducted in a normal, individual tournament format using brackets to advance wrestlers. The finals will be a best-of-three series, with the champion in each weight class earnig a starting spot in the Hilltopper line-up. There will be many exciting match-ups featuring numerous past OVAC champions and place winners.

There will be a steak fry at the El Tor Grotto in Wheeling following the wrestle-offs. Admission for the steak fry is $25, and will include a steak, baked potato, salad, roll, dessert, and drink. Along with food and drink, there will be various raffles and a 50/50 drawing. Proceeds will benefit the Hilltopper wrestling program











West Liberty Wrestling Alumni Weekend


          The West Liberty University wrestling team will host a series of matches Friday and Saturday on the Hilltop, and will use this opportunity to recognize former members of its program who are present on either or both days.  The Hilltoppers, who are currently 10-3 and ranked #14 in NCAA DII, will host Findlay (OH) on Friday night, then wrestle Tiffin (OH) and Mercyhurst (PA) in a triangular Saturday afternoon.


          Friday night’s match versus Findlay will begin at 7 PM in the ASRC.  WL Wrestling alumni are asked to register prior to the match in the lobby of Blatnik Hall at 6:30 PM, and will be recognized just before the start of the match.  Findlay is currently ranked #16 in NCAA DII.  The Oilers’ line-up features 2011 DII National Champ Michael Lybarger (165 lbs. and currently ranked #2 in DII), and two nationally ranked wrestlers in Ben Sergent (125 lbs. and ranked #8) and Adam Walters (184 lbs. and ranked #6).


          Saturday’s order of matches and their start times will be as follows: 1:00 PM-Mercyhurst/Tiffin, 2:30 PM-Tiffin/West Liberty, and 4:00 PM-West Liberty/Mercyhurst.  WL Wrestling alumni are asked to register in the lobby of Blatnik Hall at 2:00 PM.  Alumni will be recognized just prior to the start of the WL/Mercyhurst match.  West Liberty’s first opponent on the day, Tiffin, is a second year NCAA DII program.  The ‘Topper’s final foe of the weekend may prove to be their strongest. Mercyhurst enters the weekend ranked #8 in NCAA DII.  The Lakers feature 2009 DII National Champion Josh Shields, who missed last season due to an injury.  Shields is currently ranked #3 in DII at 174.  Josh’s younger brother, Jordan Shields, is a returning All-American, and is ranked #6 at 157 lbs. The other nationally ranked wrestler in the Laker line-up is #7 ranked 285 lber. Fred Hale.


          West Liberty’s line-up features two nationally ranked wrestlers in Junior Nick Wykoff (#3 at 141 lbs.) and Senior JD Ramsey (#6 at 285 lbs.). Wykoff was a 2009 national qualifier who took last season off due to military obligations.  Ramsey is a 2X national qualifier who is looking to earn a spot on the podium in March.  These two are joined by Senior 157 lber. Jarrod Shaw as a trio of returning national qualifiers in the Hilltopper line-up.








This a great deal and the Hilltoppers have many OVAC wrestlers this year!


Ohio Valley wrestlers of all ages are invited to attend


Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

in the


on the campus of

West Liberty University






Match time is 7 PM…be there!

If you would like to attend the match free of charge, please email Brian Leggett a list of all wrestlers, coaches, and parents in your party to bleggett@westliberty.edu  Your names will be left at the gate. Wrestlers will be admitted to the event free, and one coach or parent will receive free admission for every five wrestlers.





West Liberty University Wrestling Camp

West Liberty University Wrestling will be hosting their 2nd Annual Wrestling Camp June 27th through July 1st.

This camp will feature Doug Surra 3x All American and National Champ @ West Liberty University, Mitch Smith 2x All American @ West Liberty as well as the current Assistant Wrestling Coach @ West Liberty University.

The featured Clinician will be Mike Pucillo 3x All American and National Champ @ Ohio State and currently a Volunteer Assistant Coach @ Ohio State.

In addition to the clinicians cited on the brochure, the camp also has the great fortune of having Branden 'Iron Lion' Hinkle on board running the conditioning portion of the evening sessions. Branden is a former National Champion/3X All-American for West Liberty, as well as a current MMA veteran who fought in UFC's 55 & 57. Branden has some innovative workouts aimed at improving strength and conditioning that campers can take home with them!

Here is a list of last year’s campers who either qualified for or placed at their respective state tournaments:

Jess Bennett-WV HS A/AA State Placer (5th)

Devin Brown-OH MS State Placer (3rd)

Reno Castelli-WV HS A/AA State Qualifier

Anthony Craig-OH HS DII State Placer (6th)

Jonny Davis-WV HS AAA State Qualifier

Brandon Llewellyn-OH HS DII State Qualifier

Alex Nedved-OH HS DIII State Placer (6th)

Jeff Oberdick-OH HS DIII State Placer (6th in ’10)

Damon Outward-OH HS DIII State Qualifier

Tom Patterson-MD HS 1A/2A State Qualifier

Mitch Wells-OH MS State Qualifier

Jason Wright-MD HS 1A/2A State Champion

The Camp brochure is attached.



Welcome to OVAeC Wrestling

(Ohio Valley Athletic ex Coach) The purpose of this web site is to promote O.V.A.C. wrestling and the individuals that make it all possible. I don't proclaim to know everything about the
O.V.A.C.'s or wrestling, but I have coached in the O.V.A.C.'s for the past 8 years so I do have some knowledge of the sport, coaches and the wrestlers(2002).