WHEATON, Ill. – Led by a fifth-place finish from freshman 174 pounder David Brunk (Hood River, Ore./Hood River Valley), the Case Western Reserve University wrestling team tied for 22nd of 32 schools competing at the 2014 Pete Willson-Wheaton College Invitational on Friday and Saturday, January 31-February 1 at King Arena.
On day one, Brunk won each of his three matches beginning with a 3:23 pin of fellow University Athletic Association competitor Charles Scherer of the University of Chicago. Brunk then won by two decisions (8-5 and 5-1) versus Connor Sharp of Olivet College (Mich.) and Andrew Pettit of the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.
Brunk's second day of competition began with a loss via pin versus top-seed and No. 3 nationally ranked senior Dan Schiferl of the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. In the wrestle back bracket, the Spartan rookie fell to another nationally ranked senior, No. 2 Ricardo Plummer of Messiah College (Pa.), by a 12-10 decision. In the fifth-place match, Brunk picked up a win by medical forfeit to run his season mark to 16-12.
Also for the Spartans, sophomore 125-pounder Josh Hall (Galloway, Ohio/Bishop Ready) bounced back from an opening match pin to win twice by pin and decision. The team co-captain lost in the seventh-place match to move to 12-6 for the season.
The Spartans return home to host the first of their two quad meets this month on Saturday, February 8 at 12:00 p.m. at Horsburgh Gymnasium.