CWRU Wrestling to Host Si Ostrach Meet on Saturday

CWRU Wrestling to Host Si Ostrach Meet on Saturday

The Case Western Reserve University wrestling team will host its final home meet of the 2016-2017 campaign this season, when the Spartans welcome Waynesburg University, Muskingum University, John Carroll University and Washington and Jefferson College to the Veale Field House for the 2017 Si Ostrach Meet on Saturday, January 21st.

Meet Schedule
***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***

                        Mat 1                                      Mat 2 

12:00 p.m.       CWRU vs. Waynesburg           W&J vs. Muskingum
1:30 p.m.         CWRU vs. Muskingum            JCU vs. Waynesburg
3:00 p.m.         CWRU vs. JCU vs. W&J (Using both mats)

Live Coverage
Fans unable to attend the competition on Saturday can follow the action with a live video webcast at Full results and a recap of the matches will be posted to following the completion of competition on Saturday.

Pre-Meet Ceremonies
Prior to the start of the meet on Saturday, CWRU will recognize Si Ostrach, who the meet is named after. The Spartans will also honor graduating senior Matt Moy, who will be wrestling in his final career home matches on Saturday. Moy has seven wins and one pin this season, and has totaled 21 wins over his four-year career as a Spartan.

CWRU Wrestling Aims to Takedown EB at the Si Ostrach Duals
Makenzie Cadmus, Spartan Wrestling's honorary team member, is 11 months old and at birth was diagnosed with a rare skin disorder called Epidermis Bullosa (EB). There is no known cure for EB. In order to assist with Makenzie's care costs, we are running a Takedown EB fundraiser in line with our Si Ostrach Duals on January 21st.

Wrestling fans and Makenzie fans will have the opportunity to contribute a donation or pledge a dollar amount for each takedown scored by CWRU or scored by all teams at the Ostrach Duals. Donors may also put a minimum or a maximum on their donation amount. At the completion of the duals, the takedowns will be tallied and pledge amounts can then be fulfilled. All proceeds will go directly to Makenzie's care costs associated with her fight against EB.

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.

CWRU Spartans
The Spartans, who are coming off of a split at the Muhlenberg Tri-Meet last Sunday, are 1-2 in dual matches this season. Freshman 149-pounder Isaac Collier leads the team with 18 wins (18-10 overall) and has recorded three pins and two technical falls. In addition, sophomore Gavin Dersh-Fisher has added 13 wins (13-9 overall) and four pins in the 197-pound class, while freshman 133-pounder Alec Hoover is 13-11 overall with two pins and two technical falls.

The Spartans are under the leadership of second-year Head Coach Danny Song. He is assisted by Jaes Jones and Chas Busz.

Waynesburg Yellow Jackets
The Yellow Jackets are 8-13 in dual matches this season. Included in the team's record is a 0-3 mark in road matches during the campaign. Waynesburg is coached by Ron Headlee, who is in his eighth season with the squad. He is assisted by Jeff Havelka.

Muskingum Fighting Muskies
Muskingum is 2-3 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 0-2 mark in road matches during the campaign. The Fighting Muskies are led by third-year head coach Zach Mizer. He is assisted by Ronnie Hepner.

Washington & Jefferson Presidents
The Presidents will begin the week with a 3-3 overall record, and will face Thiel College on Tuesday before coming to Cleveland for Saturday's meet. Washington & Jefferson's roster features a nationally-ranked wrestler, with Sonnieboy Blanco ranking third among Division III 174-pounders. Washington & Jefferson is coached by Tommy Prairie, who is in his sixth season with the squad. He is assisted by Jeff Breese.

John Carroll Blue Streaks
John Carroll is 4-3 in dual matches this season, and will face Ohio Northern on Tuesday, prior to the Si Ostrach meet. The Blue Streaks are led by second-year head coach Mark Hawald. He is assisted by Kevin Shadrach and Jason Zastrow.