Spartan Wrestlers Drop Two at Annual Si Ostrach Tri-Meet
CLEVELAND, Ohio – The Case Western Reserve University wrestling team dropped a pair of dual matches on Saturday, February 12 against the Rochester Institute of Technology (NY), 24-9, and Muskingum University, 26-18, on Senior Day as part of the annual Si Ostrach Tri-Meet in Horsburgh Gymnasium.
The Spartans' lone senior, Clay Criss (Beloit, OH/West Branch) was honored before the annual tri-meet as Case saw its overall record fall to 0-12 with the two setbacks – its closest dual matches of the season.
Against RIT, Case dropped three straight classes to open the match until an RIT forfeit against junior 149-pounder Isaac Dukes (Ravenna, OH/Ravenna) pulled the Spartans back within five at 11-6. Case then dropped a decision at 157 before Criss took his opponent six full frames, with three overtime periods, before eventually dropping a tough 2-1 decision to Sean Sercu.
Junior Cale Harter (Mt. Pleasant, MI/Mt.Pleasant) was able to put three more points on the board in the last bout for Case, winning an 8-1 decision at heavyweight.
In the final match of the day, Muskingum opened up with a fall, but the Spartans came back with consecutive pins by Brian Snyder (Charlotte, NC/East Mecklenburg) and Dukes to take a 12-6 lead. After a Muskie technical fall, Criss dropped narrow 3-2 decision at 165 and junior Kurtis Jensen (Marsfield, MA/Marsfield) took a hard-luck 1-0 loss at 174. Harter then picked up his second win of the day at 285 with a 4-2 decision.
Dukes, ranked No. 1 nationally at 149-pounds, improved to 30-2 overall on the season with his pair of victories, while Harter moved to 20-16 with an undefeated day.
Next up for Case will be the Midwest Regionals at Wabash College (IN) on Friday, February 26. It will be an all-day affair, with the first matches scheduled for 9:00 a.m.
FINAL SCORE: Muskingum 26, Case Western Reserve 18
125 lbs: Frank Hu (Case) dec. Shawn Feistamel (MU), 5-2; 133 lbs: Michael Halko (MU) pin Victor Pan (Case), 2:20; 141 lbs: Brian Snyder (Case) pin Luke Caracofe (MU), 3:40; 149 lbs: Isaac Dukes (Case) pin Kenneth Poland (MU), 1:12; 157 lbs: Adam Freidt (MU) tech. fall Evan McDowell (Case) 17-1 5:14; 165 lbs: Adam Harris (MU) dec. Clay Criss (Case), 3-2; 174 lbs: Michael Frasure (MU) dec. Kurtis Jensen (Case), 1-0; 184 lbs: Daniel Dunn (MU) dec. Peter Heggs (Case), 3-0; 197 lbs: Lucas Weber (MU) win by forfeit 285 lbs: Cale Harter (Case) dec. Torrey McCray Jr. (MU), 4-2
FINAL SCORE: Rochester Institute of Technology 24, Case Western Reserve 9
125 lbs: Shin Wakabayashi (RIT) maj. dec. Frank Hu (Case), 10-1; 133 lbs: Greg Jones (RIT) tech. fall Victor Pan (Case), 22-6 7:00; 141 lbs: Mike McInally (RIT) dec. Brian Snyder (Case), 8-2; 149 lbs: Isaac Dukes (Case) win by forfeit; 157 lbs: Kyle Hoffer (RIT) dec. Evan McDowell (Case), 9-3; 165 lbs: Sean Sercu (RIT) dec. Clay Criss (Case), 2-1; 174 lbs: Tyler Brent (RIT) maj. dec. Kurtis Jensen (Case), 11-2; 184 lbs: Alec Humski (RIT) dec. Peter Heggs (Case), 4-3; 197 lbs: both forfeit 285 lbs: Cale Harter (Case) dec. Nick Stewart (RIT), 8-1
FINAL SCORE: Muskingum University 28, Rochester Institute of Technology 18
125 lbs: Mike Nguyen (RIT) maj. dec. Shawn Feistamel (MU), 16-6; 133 lbs: Mike McInally (RIT) maj. dec. Michael Halko (MU), 10-0; 141 lbs: Luke Caracofe (MU) tech. fall Kyle Travers (RIT), 16-0 5:00; 149 lbs: Kenneth Poland (MU) maj. dec. Kyle Hoffer (RIT) 11-0; 157 lbs: Adam Freidt (MU) dec. Adam Hugunine (RIT), 7-2; 165 lbs: Adam Harris (MU) maj. dec. Sean Sercu (RIT) 18-3; 174 lbs: Tyler Brent (RIT) maj. dec. Michael Frasure (MU), 14-0; 184 lbs: Daniel Dunn (MU) tech. fall Alec Humski (RIT), 15-0 5:32; 197 lbs: Lucas Weber (MU) win by forfeit; 285 lbs: Nick Stewart (RIT) pin Torrey McCray Jr. (MU), 2:12