FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – The Case Western Reserve University wrestling team was back in action for the first time in nearly a month, tying for 14th place out of the 16 squads competing on Thursday and Friday, December 29-30, at the annual Citrus Invitational. Several Spartans also competed in the Citrus Open portion of the event.
After a 2-2 performance with a pin in the Invitational, senior 157-pounder Kyle Weaver (Delaware, Ohio/Olentangy) posted a 3-1 record in the Open to place second. The team captain opened with a pin (0:42) of University of Central Florida's Adam Colucci then earned a 3-2 decision over Kurt Knutsen of Augsburg College (Iowa) before advancing to the title match via medical forfeit.
Competing for the first time this season, senior two-time All-American Isaac Dukes (Ravenna, Ohio/Ravenna) posted a 2-2 mark with a pin and a major decision before bowing out due to a medical forfeit.
The Citrus Invitational also announced that its Most Outstanding Wrestler Award will be named in honor of the late great Bob Del Rosa, who coached the Spartans for 45 years prior to his passing late this summer.
The Spartans are back in action on Friday and Saturday, January 13-14, at the annual Budd Whitehill Duals at Lycoming College in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. Action begins each day at 9:00 a.m.
Case opens the home portion of its schedule the following Saturday, January 21, versus the University of Mount Union at 1:00 p.m. at Horsburgh Gymnasium.
Citrus Invitational - Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
1. Upper Iowa 159, 2. #7 Augsburg (Minn.) 149.5, 3. #5 Cornell (Iowa) 124.5, 4. St. John's (Minn.) 115.5, 5. #24 Mount Union 107.5, 6. UNC-Pembroke 104, 7. #26 Ohio Northern 103, 8. John Carroll 89.5, 9. Liberty (Va.) 84.5, 10. Colorado School of Mines 55.5, 11. Heidelberg 52, 12. NYU 46, 13. Ursinus (Pa.) 42.5, 14. Case Western Reserve and Central Florida 12.5, 16. Florida Gulf Coast 6.5.