Over the course of the next two months, athletics.case.edu will be holding a tournament to decide the Case Western Reserve University Athlete of the Decade. The full bracket can be viewed here.
The tournament continues today with two more matches - a first-round match between former track & field team member Matt Jurcak and former softball player Lauren Wolz, and a play-in match between former quarterback Rob Cuda and former men's tennis player Eric Klawitter.
Voting for both matches will be open starting at noon on Wednesday, and continue through 11:59 a.m. on Thursday. The advancing athletes from the first week of matches will be announced on Friday.
First Round Match #3 - Matt Jurcak vs. Lauren Wolz - Vote Here
Tale of the Tape
Matt Jurcak ('12) is the only hurdler in the history of the men's track and field program to secure All-America honors. He notched All-America finishes twice during his senior year in 2012, placing fifth in the 60m Hurdles at the NCAA Indoor Championships and fifth again in the 110m Hurdles at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. He is a seven-time All-UAA finisher, including claiming the conference championship in . His school records in the 55m Hurdles (7.68), 60m Hurdles (8.14) and 110m Hurdles (14.36) all still stand to this day. Read more about Matt in his online bio.
Lauren Wolz ('12) became the first All-American in the history of the CWRU softball program, when she was named to the NFCA Third Team in 2011. During the 2011 campaign, her junior year, she batted .408 while setting program records with 10 home runs and 49 runs batted in. She was a two-time All-UAA selection and a two-time All-UAA tournament honoree, while also garnering a pair of NFCA All-Central Region awards. At the time of her graduation, she held school records with 171 hits, 28 home runs, and 127 RBIs, while ranking second in program history with a .384 batting average and a .647 slugging percentage. Read more about Lauren in her online bio.
Play-In Match #3 - Rob Cuda vs. Eric Klawitter - Vote Here
Tale of the Tape
Rob Cuda ('18) left CWRU as the best dual-threat quarterback in the program's history. He was named the PAC Offensive Player of the Year in 2017, becoming the first player in program history to secure the honor, while also earning a pair of UAA Offensive Player of the Year awards. Cuda was also selected as the D3football.com All-South Region Third Team quarterback twice. He ended his career with 2,128 rushing yards, the most-ever by a CWRU quarterback, while ranking second in school history with 7,883 passing uards, 77 passing touchdowns and 10,011 yards of total offense. Read more about Rob in his online bio.
Eric Klawitter ('14) was a part of the only NCAA Championship winning tennis duo in program history, securing the 2014 NCAA Division III Doubles title. He ended his career with a 75-41 singles record and a 65-26 doubles ledger, giving him the most combined wins in program history at the time of his graduation. He also secured All-UAA honors for both his singles and doubles play. Read more about Eric in his online bio.
Voting for our final matches of the week will be on Thursday at noon, as former softball player Ilissa Hamilton will face former women's basketball player Hillary Hellmann in a play-in match, while current men's tennis player James Hopper will be up against former men's swimmer Drew Hamilton in a first-round contest.