CLEVELAND – Senior co-captain Brian Snyder (Charlotte, N.C./East Mecklenburg) pinned both of his opponents, and the Case Western Reserve University wrestling team split a tri-meet with the College of Mount Saint Joseph and Wheeling Jesuit University on Saturday afternoon at Horsburgh Gymnasium.
The Spartans (3-8) defeated Mount St. Joseph (1-10), 39-16, and fell to Wheeling Jesuit (4-4), 28-14.
In addition to Snyder's two pins at 157 pounds, freshman 149-pounder Luke Marcelli (Massillon, Ohio/Jackson) was 2-0 with a pin and a technical fall to run his season mark to a team-best 24-9. Snyder's fellow senior co-captain, Noah Feldstein (Redwood City, Calif./Palo Alto), also compiled a 2-0 mark with a forfeit and an exhibition victory at 165.
Versus Mount St. Joseph, the Spartans opened with a 12-0 lead due to forfeits at 125 and 133 in favor of freshmen Matt Moy (Bayside, N.Y./Stuyvesant) and Jeff Gould (Pittsford, N.Y./Pittsford Mendon), respectively. A pin for the Lions at 141 was quickly cancelled out when Marcelli pinned Luis Godines in 6:09 to make the score 18-6. Snyder followed with a pin of his own in 1:13 versus Joe Kammerer, and Feldstein picked up a win by forfeit to bump the lead to 30-6.
At 174, freshman Nick Lees (Cleveland, Ohio/St. Ignatius) earned a 6-4 decision over Nick Manning before the Lions won by major decision at 184. The Spartans then got their final points thanks to a pin (4:25) at 197 by freshman Conor Driscoll (Hilliard, Ohio/Hilliard Bradley) versus Nathan Islamovsky.
Versus Wheeling Jesuit, sophomore Josh Hall (Galloway, Ohio/Bishop Ready) put the Spartans on the board first with an 8-4 decision over Brad Kakos. The Cardinals then picked up a major decision and a decision to go ahead 7-3 before Marcelli won by technical fall (16-0) versus Jonathan Barrett to put the Spartans back on top, 8-7.
Snyder increased the lead with a pin of Robert Rogerson in 6:07, but Wheeling Jesuit would win the remainder of the points with three decisions and two forfeits.
The Spartans are back in action in New York City next Saturday, February 15 for the University Athletic Association Championship. The University of Chicago will be the team's first opponent at 11:00 a.m.
FINAL SCORE: WJU 36, MSJ 12
125: Brad Kakos (W) win by forfeit; 133: Scott Lopez (W) win by forfeit; 141: Wayne Black (M) dec. Damon Outward (W), 10-5; 149: Jonathan Barrett (W) dec. Luis Godines (M), 7-6 (OT); 157: Robert Rogerson (W) pinned Joe Kammerer (M), 00:19; 165: Anthony Smith (W) win by forfeit; 174: Sawyer Leppla (W) dec. Nicholas Manning (M), 7-2; 184: Ryan Winslow (W) pinned Tyler Ray (M), 06:36; 197: Nathan Islamovsky (M) pinned Maxwell Lacey (W), 2:59; 285: Sean Brooks (M) dec. Logan Bowman (W), 3-1; Exb. 197: Jacob Haynes (W) dec. Gabe Stiver (M), 5-3
FINAL SCORE: CWRU 39, MSJ 16
125: Matt Moy (C) win by forfeit; 133: Jeff Gould (C) win by forfeit; 141: Wayne Black (M) pinned Connor Medlang (C), 4:07; 149: Luke Marcelli (C) pinned Luis Godines (M), 6:09; 157: Brian Snyder (C) pinned Joe Kammerer (M), 1:13; 165: Noah Feldstein (C) win by forfeit; 174: Nick Lees (C) dec. Nocholas Manning (M), 6-4; 184: Tyler Ray (M) maj. dec. David Brunk (C), 12-3; 197: Conor Driscoll (C) pinned Nathan Islamovsky (M), 4:25; 285: Sean Brooks (M) win by forfeit.
FINAL SCORE: WJU 28, CWRU 14
125: Josh Hall (C) dec. Brad Kakos (W), 8-4; 133: Scott Lopez (W) maj. dec. Jeff Gould (C), 13-4; 141: David Outward (W) dec. Connor Medlang (C), 9-7 (OT SV); 149: Luke Marcelli (C) tech. fall Jonathan Barrett (W); 4:46, 16-0; 157: Brian Snyder (C) pinned Robert Rogerson (W), 6:07; 165: Anthony Smith (W) dec. Nick Lees (C), 5-2; 174: Sawyer Leppla (W) dec. David Brunk (C), 14-7; 184: Nate Hupp (W) dec. Conor Driscoll, 6-1; 197: Maxwell Lacey (W) win by forfeit; 285: Logan Bowman (W) win by forfeit; Exb. 165: Noah Feldstein (C) pinned Cody Eggers (W), 3:31.