WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. – The Case Western Reserve University wrestling team lost three matches on day one of the 2012 Budd Whitehill Duals hosted by Lycoming College on Friday at Lamade Gymnasium. Despite the losses, senior captain Cale Harter (Mount Pleasant, Mich./Mount Pleasant) was a perfect 3-0 on the day.
The Spartans drew No. 3 nationally-ranked University of Wisconsin-Whitewater in the opening match, falling by a count of 39-14. Case then fell to host Lycoming, 41-6, and Rochester Institute of Technology (N.Y.), 35-18.
Versus No. 3 UWW, senior two-time All-American Isaac Dukes (Ravenna, Ohio/Ravenna) picked up a 17-1 (6:37) technical fall versus Corey Schmidt. Senior captain Kyle Weaver (Delaware, Ohio/Olentangy) then followed with a 1-0 decision over T.J. Decker. Harter closed the match with a pin of Justin Birchback in 2:20 – Harter's second victory via pin fall this season.
Versus Lycoming, the Spartans picked up a pair of decisions from senior Kurtis Jensen (Marsfield, Mass./Marsfield) by a score of 13-9 at 165 and Harter by a count of 1-0 at 285.
Versus RIT, Dukes improved to 2-0 for the day and 4-2 for the season with a 3-0 decision over Sean Sercu at 157. Weaver picked up a forfeit at 165 and Harter stayed perfect for the day with a 7-0 decision versus Nick Stewart, improving to 13-8 for the season.
The Spartans wrap up the weekend tomorrow versus Muskingum University at 12:00 p.m. The team finally opens the home portion of its schedule next Saturday, January 21 versus the University of Mount Union at 1:00 p.m. at Horsburgh Gymnasium.
FINAL SCORE: No. 3 UW-Whitewater 39, Case Western Reserve 14
125: Mike Schloegel (UWW) by forfeit; 133: Jake Fredrickson (UWW) fall Frank Hu, 2:42; 141: Elroy Perkin (UWW) by forfeit; 149: Brian Lewis (UWW) fall Christopher Crane, 2:40; 157: Isaac Dukes (CWRU) tech. fall Corey Schmidt, 17-1, 6:37; 165: Kyle Weaver (CWRU) dec. T.J. Decker, 1-0; 174: Reid Dickerson (UWW) by forfeit; 184: Mitchell Elmer (UWW) dec. Dylan Novisky, 6-0; 197: Adam Latella (UWW) by forfeit; 285: Cale Harter (CWRU) fall Justin Birchback, 2:20
FINAL SCORE: Lycoming 41, Case Western Reserve 6
125: Stephen Hinton (LC) by forfeit; 133: Zach Finn (LC) maj. dec. Frank Hu, 11-0; 141: Caleb Willey (LC) by forfeit; 149: Lucas Wisniewski (LC) dec. Brian Snyder, 5-0; 157: Brian Watkins (LC) maj. dec. Christopher Crane, 14-3; 165: Kurtis Jensen (CWRU) dec. Greg Wetzel, 13-9; 174: Josh Gochnauer (LC) by forfeit; 184: Tyler Cunningham (LC) fall Dylan Novisky, 1:35; 197: Russ Korbul (LC) by forfeit; 285: Cale Harter (CWRU) dec. Sam Batchelor, 1-0
FINAL SCORE: RIT 35, Case Western Reserve 18
125: Shin Wakabayashi (RIT) by forfeit; 133: Rory Bruce (RIT) fall Frank Hu, 1:25; 141: Jake Harvey (RIT) by forfeit; 149: Brian Snyder (CWRU) fall Adam Hugunine, 3:41; 157: Isaac Dukes (CWRU) dec. Sean Sercu, 3-0; 165: Kyle Weaver (CWRU) by forfeit; 174: Nick Fuschino (RIT) tech. fall Kurtis Jensen, 16-1, 3:34; 184: Tyler Brent (RIT) fall Dylan Novisky, :25; 197: Tim Thurnau (RIT) by forfeit; 285: Cale Harter (CWRU) dec. Nick Stewart, 7-0