The Case Western Reserve University wrestling team placed seventh at the seventh-annual Waynesburg Invitational on Saturday, January 6th in the Rudy Marisa Fieldhouse.
Sophomore Andrew Munn, junior Brian McNamara and senior Nate Lewis paced the Spartans, notching a second-place and co-third-place finishes in their respective weight classes, leading a pack of eight CWRU wrestlers to win at least two matches on the day.
Competing in the 157-pound bracket, Munn picked up a technical fall victory (16-0) over Gettysburg's Tristan Chen, another technical fall win over Washington & Jefferson's Evan Brown (18-1), a 9-4 decision over Mount Union's Richard Rush and earned a 6-3 decision over Johns Hopkins' Dominick Reyes in the semifinals. His performance contributed a 24.0 points towards the team total.
McNamara picked up two quick victories in the 285-pound bracket after pinning Mt. St. Joseph's Jacob Peters in 4:30 and then pinning W&J's Derek Allen in 2:00. After falling in his third match of the day, McNamara bounced back with back-to-back-to-back victories, defeating Alfred State's Ryan Mattison by pin (4:45), claiming a 7-0 decision over Thomas More's Ahmad Hameidan and adding a 4-3 decision over Gage Gladysz of Thiel. His co-third-place finish provided CWRU with another 19.0 points.
Lewis also earned a co-third-place finish in the 285-pound draw and totaled 17.5 points. Both McNamara and Lewis met the six-match limit by NCAA rules, which meant they could not wrestle another match on the day. As a result, both finished with co-third-place finishes at 285 pounds. After falling in his first match of the day, Lewis surged back to win five straight matches, including a technical fall victory over Wisconsin Eau Claire's Chase McDaniel (20-5), a 7-4 decision over Johns Hopkins' Henri Behaeghel and a 7-4 decision over Wisconsin Eau Claire's Paul Carter.
Two Spartans also claimed a pair of sixth-place finishes in their respective weight classes. Sophomore Jacob Frisch earned two victories in the 133-pound draw, pinning Thiel's Matthew O'Connor (5:30) and claiming a 5-3 decision over Wisconsin Eau Claire's Cody Vogel. Sophomore Isaac Collier added four victories in the 157-pound bracket and totaled 13.0 points. He earned a pin over Mount Union's Kyle Jenkins (2:20), a pin over W&J's Lawrence Schott (1:15), won by forfeit over Thomas More's Jimmy Traub and then claimed a 12-5 decision over Mount Union's Richard Rush.
In the 141-pound draw, sophomore Andrew Hoover claimed three victories and totaled 7.0 points. Sophomore Ben Kring and freshman Thomas Gallagher each picked up two victories in the 149-pound bracket, as Kring contributed 7.0 points and Gallagher 6.0 points to the team total.
CWRU wrestlers totaled 85.0 points on Saturday, finishing seventh at the competition. Mount
Union won the tournament with 206.5 points, followed by Wisconsin Eau Claire in second place with 172.5 points and Waynesburg in third with 131.5.
The Spartans will return home on Wednesday, January 10th as they host Lourdes University and Thiel College for a Tri-Meet. Action is slated to start at 6:00 p.m. in Horsburgh Gymnasium.