CLEVELAND – Freshman 149-pounder Luke Marcelli (Massillon, Ohio/Jackson) beat all three of his opponents, and the Case Western Reserve University wrestling team went 1-2 as hosts of the annual Si Ostrach Meet at Horsburgh Gymnasium.
The Spartans (4-12) defeated Muskingum University, 40-15, but fell to Rochester Institute of Technology (N.Y.), 26-18, Thiel College (Pa.), 35-9.
A dear friend and advisor to the Spartan wrestling program, Simon Ostrach is the Wilbert Austin Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Engineering at Case, and Former Director of the National Center for Space Exploration Research. Dr. Ostrach is acknowledged by NASA as one of 12 Super Stars of Modern Aeronautics and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, as well as the National Academy of Engineering.
Prior to the meet, CWRU recognized its three wrestling senior student-athletes, Noah Feldstein (Redwood City, Calif./Palo Alto), Dylan Novisky (Fairport, N.Y./Fairport) and Brian Snyder (Charlotte, N.C./East Mecklenburg). Feldstein went 2-1 on the afternoon, with one victory coming in exhibition, and Snyder ended the day at 1-1.
Versus Muskingum (0-11), Marcelli picked up a 14-1 major decision versus Zack Cantrell. Overall, the match saw six forfeits by the Muskies and two by the hosts.
Versus RIT (5-9), the Spartans jumped out to an early 15-5 lead thanks to a 12-6 decision by 125-pounder Josh Hall (Galloway, Ohio/Bishop Ready), a pin from freshman 141-pounder Connor Medlang (Export, Pa./Franklin Regional), a 4-2 decision by Marcelli, and a 5-0 decision by Snyder. After an RIT pin 165, freshman 174-pounder Nick Lees (Cleveland, Ohio/St. Ignatius) earned a tightly contested 5-3 decision to bump the lead to 18-11 in favor of the hosts. However, the Spartans would lose their remaining three matches, ultimately falling 26-18.
In the last matchup of the afternoon, Thiel (15-7) led 11-0 after back-to-back major decisions and a decision. Marcelli got the Spartans on the board with a 2-0 decision that improved his team-best win total to 28 (28-10 overall). At 174, freshman David Brunk (Hood River, Ore./Hood River Valley) pinned Marco Crivelli to cut the Thiel lead to 17-9. However, the Tomcats would win the remaining three matches en route to the 35-9 victory.
The Spartans return to action next Sunday, March 2 at the NCAA Mideast Regional Championship hosted by York College of Pennsylvania at 9:00 a.m.
FINAL SCORE: CWRU 40, MU 15
125: Matt Moy (C) win by forfeit; 133: Jeff Gould (C) win by forfeit; 141: Jonathan Raugh (M) dec. Connor Medlang (C), 9-6; 149: Luke Marcelli (C) maj. dec. Zack Cantrell (M), 14-1; 157: Noah Feldstein (C) win by forfeit; 165: Nick Lees (C) win by forfeit; 174: David Brunk (C) win by forfeit; 184: Conor Driscoll (C) win by forfeit; 197: Lucas Weber (M) win by forfeit; 285: James Keys (M) win by forfeit
FINAL SCORE: RIT 26, CWRU 18
125: Josh Hall (C) dec. Andrew Flanagan (R), 12-6; 133: Rory Bruce (R) tech. fall. Jeff Gould (C), 16-0; 141: Connor Medlang (C) pinned Jake Sepor (R), 2:04; 149: Luke Marcelli (C) dec. Brad Mayville (R), 4-2; 157: Brian Snyder (C) dec. Ethan Testa (R), 5-0; 165: Nicholas Greenquist (R) pinned Noah Feldstein (C), 1:06; 174: Nick Lees (C) dec. Nick Fisk (R), 5-3; 184: Tyler Brent (R) pinned David Brunk (C), 3:45; 197: Wyatt Albanese (R) dec. Conor Driscoll (C), 6-3; 285: Eddie McBride (R) win by forfeit
FINAL SCORE: THIEL 35, CWRU 9
125: Vincent Vahaly (T) maj. dec. Matt Moy (C), 9-0; 133: Nick Sutton (T) maj. dec. Jeff Gould (C), 11-2; 141: Robert Ritschard (T) dec. Connor Medlang (C), 8-2; 149: Luke Marcelli (C) dec. Chris Nuss (T), 2-0; 157: Brandan Collins (T) dec. Brian Snyder (C), 7-3; 165: Tyler Wilkes (T) dec. Nick Lees (C), 8-6; 174: David Brunk (C) pinned Marco Crivelli (T), 2:52; 184: Jerrold Roosa (T) pinned Conor Driscoll (C), 2:20; 197: Jacob Lowry (T) win by forfeit; 285: Blake Heim (T) win by forfeit. Exb. 125: Matt Moy (C) dec. Giuliano Graziosi (T), 4-2 (OT); Exb. 157: Noah Feldstein (C) pinned Jeremy Brady (T), 1:45.