Spartans Grapplers Fall in Home Opener Versus W&J

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

CLEVELAND – The Case Western Reserve University wrestling team opened the home portion of the 2013-14 schedule with a 33-9 loss to visiting Washington & Jefferson College (Pa.) on a snowy Saturday afternoon at Horsburgh Gymnasium.

Freshman 149-pounder Luke Marcelli (Massillon, Ohio/Jackson) and sophomore 125-pounder Josh Hall (Galloway, Ohio/Bishop Ready) accounted for the Spartans' nine team points.

Marcelli, who improves to a team-best 21-7 as a rookie, earned a 5-0 decision over Timothy Keblesh. Hall (10-3) picked up his 10th victory of the season via forfeit.

The Spartans next compete at the Pete Willson Invitational hosted by Wheaton College (Ill.) on Friday and Saturday, January 31-February 1.

FINAL SCORE: W&J 33, CWRU 9

125: Josh Hall (C) win by forfeit; 133: Dan Pommerer (W) dec. Jeff Gould (C), 2-0; 141: Lucas Etzel (W) dec. Connor Medlang (C), 2-0; 149: Luke Marcelli (C) dec. Timothy Keblesh (W), 5-0;  157: Josh Etzel (W) maj. dec. Brian Snyder (C), 11-3; 165: Nick Carr (W) tech. fall Nick Lees (C), 27-11; 174: Sonnieboy Blanco (W)  dec. David Brunk (C), 9-4; 184: David Dibenedetto (W) win by forfeit; 197: Ezekiel Stroupe (W) maj. dec. Dylan Novisky (C), 13-2; 285: Brian Brust (W) win by forfeit