Spartan Wrestlers Win First Dual Match Since 2010, Wrap Up Competition at Whitehill Duals

Pierce Curran (right) earned a key pin at 197 to lead the Spartans to their first dual match victory since 2010. (photo by Ryan Baker)
Pierce Curran (right) earned a key pin at 197 to lead the Spartans to their first dual match victory since 2010. (photo by Ryan Baker)

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. – Freshman Pierce Curran's (Setauket, N.Y./Ward Melville) pin at 197 pounds gave the Case Western Reserve University wrestling team its first dual match victory since 2010 as the Spartans edged Rochester Institute of Technology (N.Y.), 21-20, on the second and final day of the annual Budd Whitehill Duals hosted by Lycoming College at Lamade Gymnasium.

Ironically, the Spartans' last dual match victory came by a score of 25-24 versus RIT on February 13, 2010 as part of the Si Ostrach Meet in Cleveland. Overall, Case had dropped 29 dual matches in a row.

"This was a great team effort, and I'm proud of our wrestlers," said first-year Head Coach Mark Hawald. "It may not seem like a significant accomplishment, but our guys were determined to snap this streak, and even though the numbers weren't in our favor, they went out and got it done. We've got a long way to go in building for the future of this program, but it was great to see the hard work and dedication pay off for our student-athletes today."

Freshman 125-pounder Josh Hall (Galloway, Ohio/Bishop Ready) got the Spartans off to a fast start with a pin of Mike Nguyen in 2:30. The Tigers then picked up a forfeit at 133, decisions at 141 and 149, and a technical fall at 157 to lead 17-6.

From there, junior 165-pounder Brian Snyder (Charlotte, N.C./East Mecklenburg) was able to pick up the first of three-straight decisions with freshmen Ryan Brubaker (Elizabethtown, Pa./Elizabethtown Area) and Joe DeGenova (Lexington, S.C./Lexington) following at 174 and 184, respectively.

Trailing 17-15, Hawald then sent Curran out to the mat, and the rookie earned his first career victory via a pin of Mikhail Solomonik in 4:34.

Senior heavyweight Dale English (Middleburg Heights, Ohio/Holy Name) was able to preserve the 21-17 lead by staying within a decision of RIT's Nick Stewart. Any loss above a decision would have led to a tie or loss for the Spartans.

In their second and final match of the day, the Spartans fell to Rhode Island College by a count of 26-15.

Freshman Zack McCarthy (Defiance, Ohio/Defiance) earned Case's first points at 149 via a pin of Silas Murray in 2:49. Senior Evan McDowell (Bellaire, Texas/Episcopal) picked up a 5-1 decision at 165, and Snyder completed a 2-0 day with a pin of Max Carlsten in 6:20 at 174.

The Spartans are now idle until the annual Pete Willson Invitational on Friday and Saturday, February 1-2, at Wheaton College (Ill.).

FINAL SCORE: CWRU 21, RIT 20

125: Josh Hall (C) pinned Mike Nguyen (R), 2:30; 133: Rory Bruce (R) win by forfeit; 141: Lucas Howland (R) dec. Xander Straughter (C), 6-4; 149: Brad Mayville (R) dec. Zack McCarthy (C), 6-0; 157: Nick Greenquist (R) tech. fall Evan McDowell (C), 7:00, 16-1; 165: Brian Snyder (C) dec. Tyler Brooks-Lambert (R), 7-3; 174: Ryan Brubaker (C) dec. Nick Fisk (R), 5-2; 184: Joe DeGenova (C) dec. Kevin Barrett (R), 9-4; 197: Pierce Curran (C) pinned Mikhail Solomonik (R), 4:34; 285: Nick Stewart (RIT) dec. Dale English (C), 5-3

FINAL SCORE: RI 26, CWRU 15

125: Michael Sugermeyer (R) dec. Josh Hall (C), 5-0; 133: Jonathan Costa (R) maj. dec. Xander Staughter (C), 12-2; 141: Jonathan Murray (R) win by forfeit; 149: Zack McCarthy (C) pinned Silas Murray (R), 2:49; 157: Ricondo Cole (R) dec. Noah Feldstein (C), 9-2; 165: Evan McDowell (C) dec. Mike Murphy (R), 5-1; 174: Brian Snyder (C) pinned Max Carlsten (R), 6:20; 184: Rob Sotelo (R) tech. fall Joe DeGenova (C), 24-8, 7:00; 197: Adam Lynch (RI) dec. Pierce Curran (C), 11-4; 285: Brian Nicoll (R) dec. Dale English (C), 6-2