Spartan Wrestlers Compete at Pete Willson Invitational

Spartan Wrestlers Compete at Pete Willson Invitational

A small contingent from the Case Western Reserve University wrestling team placed 27th out of 35 schools competing at the annual Pete Willson Invitational on Friday and Saturday, hosted by Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois.

Sophomore Andrew Hoover was the top CWRU performer over the two-day competition with a seventh-place finish in the 141-pound division.

Andrew Hoover opened the tournament with a pin over Nebraska Wesleyan's Jesse Malmkar (2:31). After falling by technical fall to Mount Union's Alec Cotton, the fifth-seed in the bracket, Andrew Hoover earned a technical fall victory over Chicago's Alec Gleason (19-3, 6:48). Hoover then picked up a 7-5 decision over Augustana's Dale Charlier, he followed that with another 7-5 decision over Nathan McClanahan of Mount Saint Joseph.

On Saturday morning, UW-LaCrosse's Hayden Schlough, the sixth-seed in the bracket, sent Andrew Hoover to the seventh place match with a 12-4 major decision. In his final match of the weekend, Andrew Hoover knocked off ninth-seeded Nick Nunez of Messiah, 7-3.

For the season, Andrew Hoover is 21-10 with six pins and two technical falls.

Also winning a match on Friday were sophomore Alec Hoover, sophomore Andrew Munn and junior Brian McNamara.

Competing in the 133-pound weight class, Alec Hoover suffered a 12-4 major decision loss to Anthony Munoz of Elmhurst. Alec Hoover bounced back to earn a 13-2 major decision victory over Adrian's Dominic Paterra. His day was ended by an 8-1 decision over UW-LaCrosse's Josh Stenger.

Competing in the 157-pound weight class, Munn lost his first-round match to Baldwin Wallace's Benjamin Hooff by an 11-5 decision. Munn bounced back to pick up a technical fall victory (18-0) over Nevin Freestone of Trine. Munn then earned a 12-6 decision over Thomas More's Jimmy Straub. His day was ended with a 7-4 decision against Ohio Northern's Greg Elsen.

Competing in the 285-pound weight class, McNamara opened the tournament with a 5-1 decision over Wheaton's Max Gierke. After falling by an 8-4 decision to BW's Gabriel Mahaney, McNamara's day was ended by a 4-2 decision against Olivet's Jalen McFerrin-Pace.

The four Spartans combined to score 19.0 points during the Invitational.

The Spartans will be in action next Saturday, February 3rd, as they travel to Berea, Ohio for the 32nd-Annual John Summa Invitational, hosted by Baldwin Wallace University.