The Case Western Reserve University wrestling team jumped out to an early lead and never looked back on Wednesday evening to pick up a 24-19 win over Adrian College at Horsburgh Gymnasium in Cleveland, Ohio.
The win was the third of the season for the Spartans, who improved to 3-2 overall for the 2017-18 campaign. Adrian fell to 2-6 with the loss.
The Spartans took the lead early in the team score, after freshman Anand Shah won by forfeit at 125 pounds. CWRU picked up two more wins as sophomore Alec Hoover earned a 14-2 major decision victory at 133 pounds, and the sophomore Andrew Hoover claimed a technical fall victory over James Renaud (17-2, 5:55), bringing the score to 15-0.
After losses in the 149-pound, 157-pound and 165-pound matches, the Spartans lead was cut to 15-10. However, CWRU surged back with two-straight victories to push the lead to 24-10. Senior Nick Tommas claimed a 9-7 decision in overtime at 174 pounds and then senior Nate Tommas continued the momentum with a dominating pin in 54 seconds over Ethan Garcia at 184 pounds.
The Spartans dropped the final two matches, but their lead was large enough to hold on for the 24-19 victory.
CWRU will be back in action this weekend, when the team travels to Urichsville, Ohio for a quad-meet hosted by Kent State University at Tuscawaras on Saturday, January 20th. The Spartans will face Waynesburg University at 12:00 p.m., PSU-Behrend at 1:30 p.m. and then conclude the day against Kent State at 3:00 p.m.