Sullivan Posts 4-2 Mark at 157, Spartans Finish 11th at RIT Tournament

Eric Sullivan
Eric Sullivan

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Freshman Eric Sullivan (Middletown, Ohio/Lakota East) posted a 4-2 record in the 157-pound weight class as the Case Western Reserve University wrestling team placed 11th during the 47th Annual Rochester Institute of Technology Tournament on Saturday inside Gordon Fieldhouse.

In his first collegiate action, the first-year Spartan opened the day with a pin at the 2:01 mark versus Anthony Spallone of SUNY-Oswego before losing to Dan Graff of SUNY-Oneonta by decision, 9-6.

Bouncing back in the consolation bracket, Sullivan defeated both Zach Rahl of Worcester Polytechnic Institute (9-7) and Keonmin Hwang of Wesleyan University (Conn.) by a 5-2 decision before advancing to the next round via medical forfeit. However, Sullivan fell to Sean Sercu of RIT in the following round by a pin at the 3:57 mark.

Of note, a quartet of Spartans posted 2-2 records in freshmen Xander Straughter (Reynoldsburg, Ohio/Reynoldsburg) at 133 pounds, Zack McCarthy (Defiance, Ohio/Defiance) at 149 pounds and Nick Lees (Cleveland, Ohio/St. Ignatius) at 157 pounds. Junior Brian Snyder (Charlotte, N.C./East Mecklenburg) also totaled two wins in the 165-pound bracket.

The Spartans have a week off from competition before hosting local rival Baldwin Wallace University to Horsburgh Gymnasium on Saturday, December 8 for a 1:00 p.m. dual match.