WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. – Despite winning five of 10 weight classes, the Case Western Reserve University wrestling team dropped a narrow 21-17 decision to Muskingum University in its final match of the 2012 Budd Whitehill Duals hosted by Lycoming College on Saturday at Lamade Gymnasium. Senior captain Cale Harter (Mount Pleasant, Mich./Mount Pleasant) picked up a win in the heavyweight match to finish at a perfect 4-0 for the weekend.
The Spartans now head back to Cleveland for their first home action of the season with No. 14 nationally-ranked University of Mount Union in town for a 1:00 p.m. dual on Saturday, January 21 at Horsburgh Gymnasium.
After both sides forfeited at 125 pounds, Muskingum built a 15-0 lead with a decision at 133, a forfeit at 141 and a pin at 149. The Spartans then reeled off four wins in a row beginning with an 11-2 major decision at 157 from All-American senior Isaac Dukes (Ravenna, Ohio/Ravenna) versus Mike Frasure.
Senior captain Kyle Weaver (Delaware, Ohio/Olentangy) followed with an 18-4 major of his own at 165 over Ronnie Hepner before senior Kurtis Jensen (Marsfield, Mass./Marsfield) earned an 8-5 decision versus Mitch King at 174.
Sophomore Dylan Novisky (Fairport, N.Y./Fairport) then got the Spartans to within 15-14 with a 3-0 decision over Malachi Bluhm at 174.
But, a forfeit in favor of Muskingum at 197 put the match out of reach at 21-14 before Harter earned a 3-0 decision at 285 versus Brian Barnhart.
Following next Saturday's dual, the Spartans hit the road for the final time during the regular season at the annual Pete Wilson Invitational at Wheaton College (Ill.) on Friday and Saturday, January 27 and 28.
During the month of February, the Spartans host the University Athletic Association Championship on the 11th, the Si Ostrach Meet on the 18th and the NCAA Midwest Regional on the 25th.
FINAL SCORE: Muskingum 21, Case Western Reserve 17
125: Double forfeit; 133: Patrick McKernan (MU) dec. Frank Hu, 3-0; 141: Brock Yackey (MU) by forfeit 149: Kenny Poland (MU) fall Christopher Crane, 3:59; 157: Isaac Dukes (CWRU) maj. dec. Mike Frasure, 11-2; 165: Kyle Weaver (CWRU) maj. dec. Ronnie Hepner, 18-4; 174: Kurtis Jensen (CWRU) dec. Mitch King, 8-5; 184: Dylan Novisky (CWRU) dec. Malachi Bluhm, 3-0; 197: Luke Weber (MU) by forfeit; 285: Cale Harter (CWRU) dec. Brian Barnhart, 3-0