WAYNESBURG, Pa. -- The Waynesburg University wrestling team welcomed Penn State Beaver, Penn State Fayette and Penn State Greater Allegheny to the Rudy Marisa Fieldhouse for a quad-match on Thursday. The Yellow Jackets scored wins over each school to improve to 8-9 on their dual schedule.
The Jackets, whose wins were as much about filling all 10 weight classes as their performances on the mats, got things started by taking down Fayette 51-6. They closed the night by posting back-to-back shutouts of Beaver (57-0) and Greater Allegheny (54-0). Waynesburg was the only team to send a wrestler to the mat for all 30 bouts.
The featured contest of the night came at 149 pounds, where Jacket sophomore Shane Foster, the current Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) Wrestler of the Week, squared off with Greater Allegheny's Erik Rayman. The last time Rayman was in Waynesburg, he was placing second in the 141-pound bracket of the Waynesburg Invitational. Foster scored two takedowns and held off a late takedown try from Rayman to pull out the 4-3 victory.
Thursday's matches gave head coach Ron Headlee a golden opportunity to give his reserves plenty of live mat time. Headlee did just that as 23 wrestlers competed in and won at least one official or exhibition match on the night. Freshman 125-pounder Gordan Bieber got the most out of his evening with the least amount of effort by going 4-0, with all four of the victories coming by forfeit.
Waynesburg returns to action on Saturday, Feb. 2, with a road trip to Baldwin-Wallace College that leads to the John Summa Memorial Tournament. The event marks the Jackets' final regular season tournament action of the season, which gets underway at 9 a.m.
NOTE: Penn State Altoona also attended the event, but all contests in which it was involved were considered exhibitions, including a 53-0 Waynesburg dual victory.