Marcelli 2-0, Spartan Grapplers Fall Twice at BW Tri-Match

Luke Marcelli (photo by Lynne Browske)
Luke Marcelli (photo by Lynne Browske)

BEREA, Ohio – Freshman Luke Marcelli (Massillon, Ohio/Jackson) went 2-0 at 149 pounds, but the Case Western Reserve University wrestling team (0-3) lost twice in tri-match action versus Manchester University (Ind.) and host Baldwin Wallace University on Saturday at the Lou Higgins Center Fieldhouse.

Marcelli scored seven points for the day with a major decision and a decision to improve to a team-best 7-2 this season.

Along with Marcelli, sophomore 125-pounder Josh Hall (Galloway, Ohio/Bishop Ready) was 1-0 after missing last week's match due to injury. Sophomore 197-pounder Eric Sullivan (Middletown, Ohio/Lakota East) went 1-1 with his first pin of the season in the opening match.

Versus Manchester (2-1), Case held two early leads, 3-0 after Hall scored a 10-4 decision versus Alan Mock, and 7-6 when Marcelli earned a 12-0 major decision over Robert Lane.  

Manchester came back with 12 straight and built a lead as large as 18-7 before Case picked up nine points in a row thanks to a 9-6 decision by freshman Conor Driscoll (Hilliard, Ohio/Hilliard Bradley) versus Brian Clark at 184 and a Sullivan pin of Tyler Webster in 4:00.

With the match hanging in the balance, Manchester heavyweight Jason Pedigo scored a clinching pin in 5:13.

Against BW (2-0), Marcelli scored Case's lone points with a 5-1 decision versus Joey Schmidt.

The Spartans compete once more prior to winter break at the annual RIT Invitational on Saturday, December 7 in Rochester, New York. Action begins at 9:00 a.m.

FINAL SCORE: MU 24, CWRU 16

125: Josh Hall (C) dec. Alan Mock (M), 10-4; 133: Kalib Jackson (M) dec. Connor Medlang (C), 5-0; 141: Josh Juarez (M) dec. Jeff Gould (C), 3-2; 149: Luke Marcelli (C) maj. dec. Robert Lane (M), 12-0; 157: Collin Wise (M) pinned Noah Feldstein (C), 1:13; 165: Dylan Lauffer (M) dec. Brian Snyder (C), 7-4; 174: Logan Floor (M) dec. David Brunk (C), 7-6; 184: Conor Driscoll (C) dec. Brian Clark (M), 9-6; 197: Eric Sullivan (C) pinned Tyler Webster (M), 4:00; 285: Jason Pedigo (M) pinned Rylan Pyciak (C), 5:13

FINAL SCORE: BW 39, CWRU 3

125: Jesse Gunter (B) maj. dec. Matt Moy (C), 13-1; 133: Joshua Decatur (B) maj. dec. Connor Medlang (C), 16-4; 141: Andrew Taylor (B) maj. dec. Jeff Gould (C), 12-4; 149: Luke Marcelli (C) dec. Joey Schmidt (B), 5-1; 157: Garrett Chase (B) maj. dec. Noah Feldstein (C), 15-2; 165: David Shapiro (B) pinned Brian Snyder (C), 1:21; 174: Ben Lebrun (B) maj. dec. David Brunk (C), 12-4; 184: Andrew Shackelford (B) dec. Conor Driscoll (C), 2-0; 197: Lane Louive (B) maj. dec. Eric Sullivan (C), 12-3; 285: Tyler Keating (B) inj. def. Rylan Pyciak (C), 3:33