Spartan Wrestlers Compete at Willson Invitational in Wheaton

Dale English (photo by Stephanie Krell)
Dale English (photo by Stephanie Krell)

WHEATON, Ill. – Led by 2-2 performances from graduate student Dale English (Middleburg Heights, Ohio/Holy Name) and freshman Josh Hall (Galloway, Ohio/Bishop Ready), the Case Western Reserve University wrestling team placed 26th at the annual Pete Willson Invitational hosted by Wheaton College on Friday and Saturday at King Arena.

The Spartans were represented with one wrestler in nine of the 10 weight classes, and all but English were ousted on day one in the double-elimination format.

At 125 pounds, Hall opened with a 6-4 decision versus Robbie Carter before falling via a 10-2 major decision to Sean Ambrocio in round two. In the wrestle back bracket, Hall picked up an 8-3 decision versus Tom Foy, but he was later eliminated, 8-5, by Alfred McKeown.

In the heavyweight bracket, English lost his opening bout on a 4-2 decision, but he bounced back with a two-minute, 35-second pin of Ryan Cook in the wrestle back to stay alive until Saturday's round. On day two, English knocked off Will Porter, 3-2, before losing by the same score to Jake Ceslick.

The Spartans are off from competition next weekend in preparation for the University Athletic Association Championship Meet on Saturday, February 16 hosted by the University of Chicago (Ill.).