Spartan Wrestlers Compete at Pete Willson Invitational

Aaran Gessic (Martin Santek Photography)
Aaran Gessic (Martin Santek Photography)

WHEATON, Ill. – A small contingent from the Case Western Reserve University wrestling team placed 25th of 32 schools competing at the annual Pete Willson Invitational on Friday and Saturday, January 30-31 at King Arena.

Freshman Aaran Gessic (Perry, Ohio/Perry) was the top CWRU performer over the two-day competition with a seventh-place finish in the 141-pound division.

Gessic opened with a 16-1 technical fall against junior Justin Wolfenden of the Milwaukee School of Engineering then picked up a 13-3 major decision versus Olivet College (Mich.) sophomore Curtis Blackwell. In the third round, the sixth-seeded Gessic dropped a 3-1 decision to third-seeded and No. 10 nationally ranked Matt Adcock, a sophomore from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.

In the wrestle-back bracket, Gessic closed out day one with a win against a familiar opponent, sophomore John Connick of local-rival John Carroll University, via a 5-0 decision. 

On Saturday morning, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh freshman Craig Mason sent Gessic to the seventh-place match with a 2-0 decision. In his final match of the weekend, Gessic knocked off fifth-seeded Bryant Roby, a sophomore from the University of Mount Union, 4-0.

For the season, Gessic is 18-3 with five pins and two technical falls.

Also winning multiple matches for the weekend, sophomore Nick Lees went 2-2 at 174 with a pair of pins. For the season, Lees leads the Spartans with eight wins by pin fall. He is also 14-11 overall.

The Spartans are now idle from competition until serving as hosts to the 2015 University Athletic Association Wrestling Championship on Saturday, February 14 at Horsburgh Gymnasium. New York University and the University of Chicago open the event at 11:00 a.m. The Spartans will wrestle each school with matches slated for 12:30 p.m. and 2:00 p.m.