The Case Western Reserve University wrestling team will host its first and only home meet of the 2015-16 campaign this season, when the Spartans welcome Washington and Jefferson College and Muskingum University to Horsburgh Gymnasium for the 2016 Si Ostrach Tri Meet on Saturday, January 23rd.
***Start times listed are tentative – the meet will operate with a rolling schedule with 10 minutes in between each match. Therefore, matches could potentially start earlier or later than the times listed below***
10:00 a.m. CWRU vs. Washington & Jefferson
11:30 a.m. CWRU vs. Muskingum
1:00 p.m. Muskingum vs. Washington & Jefferson
Fans unable to attend the competition on Saturday can follow the action with a live video webcast at https://www.boxcast.com/show/#/si-ostrach-tri-wrestling-meet. Full results and a recap of the matches will be posted to athletics.case.edu following the completion of competition on Saturday.
Prior to the start of the meet on Saturday, the CWRU will recognize Si Ostrach, who the meet is named after. The Spartans will also honor graduating senior Nick Lees, who will be wrestling in his final career home matches on Saturday. Lees leads all CWRU wrestlers this season with nine wins and six pins, and has totaled 37 wins and 17 pins over his four-year career as a Spartan.
The Legacy of Si Ostrach
Simon Ostrach is the Wilbert Austin Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Engineering at CWRU 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. He retired in 2005 after 45 years on the CWRU faculty. Over the course of a 60-year career, Ostrach has made groundbreaking contributions to engineering and to the understanding of natural convection and physiologic and microgravity flows. Knowledge gained through his research has enabled the development of technologies for producing crystals for semiconductors and for producing microelectronic mechanical (MEM) devices. Dr. Ostrach also designed major experiments that flew aboard the space shuttle in 1992 and 1995. These provided significant insight for developing life-support systems in space, as well as for ground-based materials processing. A fellow of numerous professional societies, including the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Ostrach has received honorary doctorates from four universities: University of Rhode Island, Florida State University, The Technion and Brown University.
Aside from his impactful accomplishments in the engineering profession, Dr. Ostrach was an outstanding college wrestler and spent 25 years as one of the most highly respected NCAA wrestling officials in the nation.
The Spartans, who are coming off an eighth-place finish at the Will Abele Invitational last Saturday, are 0-5 in dual matches this weekend. In addition to Nick Lees' team-leading nine wins and six pins (9-9 overall record) in 174-pound matches, sophomore Connor Gordon has added six wins (6-9 overall) and a pair of pins in the 157-pound class, while freshman 157-pounder AJ Vetturini is 4-5 overall with one pin, including a 4-4 mark in 157-pound matches.
The Spartans are under the leadership of first year Head Coach Danny Song. He is assisted by Richard Dowdley and Jaes Jones.
Washington & Jefferson Presidents
The Presidents will begin the week with an 0-6 overall record, and will face Thiel College on Wednesday before coming to Cleveland for Saturday's meet. Washington & Jefferson's roster features a pair of nationally-ranked wrestlers, with Jacob Spearman checking in at 10th in the 125-pound class and Sonnieboy Blanco ranking seventh among Division III 174-pounders. Washington & Jefferson is coached by Tommy Prairie, who is in his fifth season with the squad. He is assisted by Jeff Breese.
Muskingum Fighting Muskies
Muskingum is 1-3 in dual matches this season, and will host Mount Union on Tuesday, prior to the Si Ostrach meet. Included in the team's record is a 1-2 mark in road matches during the campaign. The Fighting Muskies are led by second-year head coach Zach Mizer. He is assisted by Ronnie Hepner.