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 second-final home meet of the 2017-18 campaign this season, when the Spartans welcome Brockport College, John Carroll University, Kent State University at Tuscarawas and Washington and Jefferson College to Horsburgh Gymnasium for the 2018 Si Ostrach Meet on Saturday, January 13th.

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. W&J                             Brockport vs. KSU-T

1:30 p.m.          KSU-T vs. JCU                              Brockport vs. W&J

3:00 p.m.          CWRU vs. KSU-T                           Brockport vs. JCU

4:30 p.m.          CWRU vs. Brockport                      W&J vs. JCU

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.

CWRU Wrestling Aims to Takedown EB at the Si Ostrach Duals
Makenzie Cadmus, Spartan Wrestling's honorary team member, is one year and 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 13th.

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 expenses for a bone marrow transplant.

The Legacy of Si Ostrach
Simon Ostrach was the Wilbert Austin Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Engineering at CWRU and former Director of the National Center for Space Exploration Research.

Dr. Ostrach was acknowledged by NASA as one of 12 Super Stars of Modern Aeronautics and was 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 sweep against Thiel College and Lourdes University on Wednesday, are 2-1 in dual matches this season. Junior 285-pounder Brian McNamara and sophomore 157-pounder Isaac Collier lead the team with 11 wins apiece. McNamara (11-5) has recorded five pins, while Collier (11-8) has tallied four pins and two technical falls. In addition, senior 285-pounder Nate Lewis, junior 197-pounder Gavin Dersh-Fisher and sophomore 141-pounder Andrew Hoover have each record 10 wins. Lewis (10-3) has gathered three pins and one technical fall, Dersh-Fisher (10-5) has collected three pins, and Andrew Hoover (10-7) has totaled two pins.

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

Washington & Jefferson Presidents
Washington & Jefferson is 4-5 in dual matches this season, after dropping a dual-match against Waynesburg University (24-22) on Wednesday. Included in the team's record is a 0-1 mark in road matches during the campaign. The Presidents are led by seventh-year head coach Tommy Prairie. He is assisted by Jeff Breese.

Kent State Golden Eagles
The Golden Eagles are 6-6 in dual matches this season, and faced PSU-Fayette on Wednesday. Included in the team's record is a 5-5 mark in road matches during the campaign. Kent state is under the leadership of David Schlarb, who is in his first season with the program.

Brockport Golden Eagles
The Golden Eagles are 1-0 in dual matches this season. Brockport's roster features a trio of nationally-ranked wrestlers, with Jonathan Haas ranked first among Division III 125-pounders, Sean Peacock ranked sixth among Division III 149-pounders, and Triston Engle ranked ninth among Division III 197-pounders. Brockport is coached by Don Murray, who is in his 47th season with the squad. He is assisted by Bill Jacoutot, Chuck Partridge, Salvador Cruz, Walt Peterson, Ernie DiBella and Tom Kressly.