Lees and Lewis Each 2-0, Spartans Wrestlers Split on Final Day of Whitehill National Duals

(L-R): Nick Lees and Nate Lewis
(L-R): Nick Lees and Nate Lewis

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. – Sophomores Nick Lees (Cleveland, Ohio/St. Ignatius) and Nate Lewis (Chagrin Falls, Ohio/Kenston) were each 2-0 as the Case Western Reserve University wrestling team split a pair of matches on the second and final day of the 2014 Budd Whitehill National Duals at Lamade Gymnasium.

The Spartans (5-6) fell to Trine University (Ind.) by a score of 28-21 but bounced back to defeat Alfred State College (N.Y.), 30-25. The five wins already surpass the team's 2013-14 total, which happened to be more dual match wins for the program than the previous five seasons combined.

Lees pinned both of his opponents to finish the weekend 4-1 and improve his season mark to 12-8. Lewis won once via decision and once by pin to move to 9-6.

Against Trine (2-6), CWRU picked up 12 points via forfeit and a combined nine from Lees and Lewis. Lees pinned Kerry Raab in just 1:35 at 174, while Lewis earned a 7-3 decision against Tyler Prater in heavyweight action.   

Versus Alfred State (0-6), the Spartans led early thanks to a pin (3:57) from junior Josh Hall (Galloway, Ohio/Bishop Ready) versus Hans Schmieder at 133 and a forfeit at 141. A decision, forfeit and pin then put Alfred State on top 19-12 before Lees recorded his team-best sixth pin of the season in 1:50 against Joshua Lord. Each team claimed six points in the next two weight classes to bump the score to 25-24 in favor of Alfred State. Lewis clinched the match for CWRU with a pin of Anthony Osman in 2:09.

The Spartans are back in action with a dual match versus Washington & Jefferson College on Friday, January 23 at 7:00 p.m. in Washington, Pennsylvania.

Trine 28, Case Western Reserve 21
125 - David Moore (TU) over Nate Lee (CWR) Dec 12-6
133 - Josh Hall (CWR) by Forf
141 - Jeffry Helm (TU) over Travis Alexander (CWR) Fall 5:24
149 - Cody Konieczki (TU) over Kenny Gironda (CWR) Dec 7-0
157 - Adam Boles (TU) by Forf
165 - JayCee Jensen (TU) over Nick Tommas (CWR) Fall 3:22
174 - Nick Lees (CWR) over Kerry Raab (TU) Fall 1:35
184 - Ahmad Khatib (CWR) by Forf
197 - Michael Conner (TU) over Cito Balsells (CWR) Maj 10-2
285 - Nate Lewis (CWR) over Tyler Prater (TU) Dec 7-3

Case Western Reserve 30, Alfred State 25
125 - Ryan Thierman (ASC) over Nate Lee (CWR) Maj 8-0
133 - Josh Hall (CWR) over Hans Schmieder (ASC) Fall 3:57
141 - Travis Alexander (CWR) by Forf
149 - Brian Carr (ASC) over Kenny Gironda (ASC) Dec 1-0
157 - Kevin Thayer (ASC) by Forf
165 - Konnor Kremer (ASC) over Nick Tommas (CWR) Fall 1:58
174 - Nick Lees (CWR) over Joshua Lord (ASC) Fall 1:50
184 - Ahmad Khatib (CWR) by Forf
197 - Juan Nunez (ASC) over Cito Balsells (CWR) Fall 00:43
285 - Nate Lewis (CWR) over Anthony Osman (ASC) Fall 2:09