Spartan Wrestlers Fall to BW; DeGenova Scores Overtime, Sudden Victory Decision

Joe DeGenova won in overtime, sudden victory at 197 pounds. (photo by Stephanie Krell)
Joe DeGenova won in overtime, sudden victory at 197 pounds. (photo by Stephanie Krell)

CLEVELAND – Freshman Joe DeGenova (Lexington, S.C./Lexington) scored a thrilling overtime, sudden victory decision at 197 pounds as the Case Western Reserve University wrestling team lost a dual match by a score of 41-3 to cross-town rival Baldwin Wallace University on Saturday inside Horsburgh Gymnasium.

DeGenova moved up a weight class and took on BW freshman Kevin Thomas at 197. DeGenova trailed by two in the final seconds, but scored a reversal at the buzzer to tie the score at 7-7 and force overtime. The score remained tied through one minute, but both wrestlers executed an escape during the second overtime. DeGenova then won the match 10-8 with a tiebreaker point and an unsportsmanlike penalty during the sudden victory session.

In addition, freshman 157-pounder Eric Sullivan (Middletown, Ohio/Lakota East) battled Garrett Chase to the end, but the Yellow Jacket freshman scored an escape in the final seconds to secure a 7-6 victory.

The Spartans now have three weeks off from competition for final exams and winter break training, and will return to action on December 29-30 at the Citrus Invitational in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

FINAL SCORE: BW 41, CWRU 3

125: Jesse Gunter (B) win by forfeit; 133: Zach Walker (B) pinned Xander Straughter (C), 3:25; 141: Andrew Taylor (BW) win by forfeit; 149: Joe Schmidt (B) maj. dec. Zack McCarthy (C), 11-3; 157: Garrett Chase (B) dec. Eric Sullivan (C), 7-6; 165: David Shapiro (B) maj. dec. Evan McDowell (C), 13-5; 174: Ben LeBrun (B) dec. Brian Snyder (C), 9-2; 184: Brian Fox (B) pinned Ryan Brubaker (C), 2:15; 197: Joe DeGenova (C) dec. Kevin Thomas (B), 10-8 (3 OT-SV); 285: Joe Belford (B) dec. Dale English (C), 6-3.