The Case Western Reserve University wrestling won two of their three matches at a quad meet on Saturday in Urichsville, Ohio. The other schools competing were Waynesburg, Penn State Behrend and host Kent State University at Tuscawaras.
The Spartans lost a heartbreaker against Waynesburg in the early match by a score of 25-19, but came back to defeat Penn State Behrend in the second match by a score of 39-16 and also defeated Kent State in the third match by a score of 33-18. CWRU improves to 5-3 in dual matches this season.
In the early match against Waynesburg, the Spartans came away with five victories, including three decisions and one major decision. Sophomore 133-pounder Alec Hoover earned the 18-6 major decision victory Josh Kuslock and then sophomore 141-pounder Andrew Hoover picked up the 4-0 decision over Matt Lascola.
Waynesburg won three of next four matches to take a 19-13 lead, but the deficit was quickly erased after an 8-2 decision from senior 184-pounder Nate Tommas and then a 6-2 decision for junior 197-pounder Gavin Dersh-Fisher. The Spartans dropped the heavyweight match which secured the victory for the Yellow Jackets.
Versus Penn St. Behrend, the Spartans opened with a 15-0 lead due to a decision by freshman Anand Shah at 125 (12-10), forfeit at 133 in favor of Alec Hoover, and a pin from Andrew Hoover at 141 (3:51). A major decision from Behrend was quickly cancelled when sophomore 157-pounder Andrew Munn pinned Donnie Kerr in 2:06.
The Lions earned the win at 165, but senior Nick Tommas pin Zachary Ishman at 174 (3:39) to give CWRU a 27-10 lead. Behrend picked up a pin at 184, but the Spartans answered with a pin by Nate Tommas at 197 (4:31) and a pin by junior Brian McNamara at 285 (6:07).
Versus Kent State, Shah put the Spartans on the board first with a 4-3 decision over Zion Clark and then Alec Hoover picked up a win by forfeit at 133. Andrew Hoover earned his third victory of the day after pin Austin Bailey at 141 (1:15). CWRU would go on to win three of the next seven matches to secure the 33-18 victory.
Case Western Reserve will be back in action next weekend, when the team travels to Wheaton, Illinois for the Pete Willson Invitational, hosted by Wheaton College on Friday January 26th and Saturday, January 27th.