WASHINGTON, Pa. – Freshman Josh Hall (Galloway, Ohio/Bishop Ready) won three matches in the 125-pound bracket as the Case Western Reserve University wrestling team opened the 2012-13 campaign under first-year Head Coach Mark Hawald at the Washington & Jefferson College Invitational.
Hall finished his collegiate debut with a 3-2 record and advanced to the semifinals of the consolation bracket. The freshman dropped his opening match via a 5-1 decision, but responded with three-straight wins that included a decision and a pair of pins.
Hall defeated Jake Landers of Baldwin Wallace University, 7-2, then pinned Corey Billingham of Mercyhurst University North East in 4:28 and Taylor Creek of Penn State Mont Alto in just 00:56. In the consolation semis, Hall fell to Nathan Schwab of Mercyhurst NE in a 5:00 pin.
At 149 pounds, freshman Zack McCarthy (Defiance, Ohio/Defiance) got his career off to a great start with a pin of Aaron Lett of Mercyhurst NE in 4:50. McCarthy then fell to Joey Schmidt of Baldwin Wallace University by a 9-2 decision in round two, but he was able to split his final two matches and picked up a second pin (1:28) versus Austin Killian of W&J.
The Spartans open the home and dual meet portion of the schedule this Tuesday, November 13 versus local-rival John Carroll University at 7:00 p.m. at Horsburgh Gymnasium.