Spartan Wrestling Heads to Chicago for 2016 UAA Championships

Spartan Wrestling Heads to Chicago for 2016 UAA Championships

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The Case Western Reserve University wrestling team will travel to Chicago, Illinois for the 2016 University Athletic Association Championships, hosted by the University of Chicago on Saturday, February 13th.

The Spartans will open competition at 12:00 p.m. ET against New York University, ranked 11th in the latest NCAA Division III dual meet poll.  CWRU will then face host Chicago, either immediately following their match against NYU (should the Spartans fall to the Violets) or in the last match of the day (should the Spartans defeat NYU).  Each match will begin approximately 15 minutes following the completion of the previous contest.  Competition is expected to conclude by 3:00 p.m.

Following the conclusion of the match, there will be an awards ceremony, as the All-UAA teams, along with the Most Outstanding Wrestler, Rookie of the Year, and Coaching Staff of the Year, will be named.

Fans can follow of the action with live video at http://livestream.com/accounts/5795570.  In addition, results will be posted to the championship website at http://athletics.uchicago.edu/sports/wrest/2015-16/uaa-championships-2016.

The Spartans are 1-5 this season, including a 25-16 win over Muskingum University in their latest dual match.  CWRU has won the UAA Championship five times over its history, most recently during the 1996 season.  The squad has been led by senior 174-pounder Nick Lees, who has gone 12-11 with eight pins this year.

NYU will be looking to win its fifth-consecutive UAA Championship, and the ninth overall in the program's history.  The Violets are 11-5 this season, and feature a pair of nationally-ranked wrestlers, including the top-ranked 133-pounder in Division III in junior Nathan Pike, and the eighth-ranked 184-pounder in junior William Gockel-Figge.

Chicago, 4-9 on the season, has claimed 15 UAA Titles over its history, the last in 2011.  Included on the Maroons' 2015-16 roster are the last two conference Rookies of the Year in 125-pound sophomore Devan Richter (2015) and 165/174-pound junior Paul Papoutsis.

Full results and a Spartans recap will be posted to athletics.case.edu following the completion of competition on Saturday.