The Case Western Reserve University wrestling team placed ninth at the eighth-annual Waynesburg Invitational on Saturday, January 5th in the Rudy Marisa Fieldhouse.
Juniors Jacob Frisch and Alec Hoover paced the Spartans, notching a second-place and third-place finish in the 133-pound weight class, leading a pack of eight CWRU wrestlers to win at least two matches on the day.
Competing in the 133-pound weight bracket, Frisch picked up a 9-7 decision over Alma's Chase Beecher and then earned a pin over Lake Erie's Jordan Brewster in 3:48. In the semifinal match against Apprentice's Trey Templeton, Frisch claimed a hard-fought 7-4 decision. However, Frisch fell to Apprentice's Kolin Johnson in the draws championship match. His performance contributed 16.0 points towards the team total.
After dropping his first match of the day, Alec Hoover surged back to win five-straight matches to earn his third-place finish in the 133-pound draw. Included in those victories were a pin over Waynesburg's Riley Holsinger (2:44), a pin over Lake Erie's Jason Brewster (2:30), another pin over Alma's Chase Beecher (6:52) and then a major decision victory over CWRU's Brandon Callow (9-0). His performance totaled a team-high 20.5 points.
Junior Isaac Collier earned three victories in the 165-pound draw for a fifth-place finish. He pinned Alfred State's Devin Horton (6:15), claimed a 6-2 decision over Muskingum's Tanner Walker and then earned a 7-1 decision over Walker in the fifth-place match. Senior Brian McNamara earned a co-fifth-place finish in the 285-pound draw and totaled 10.5 points. McNamara was scheduled to face Ohio Valley's Cameron Coffman in the draws fifth-place match, but both of them met the six-match limit by NCAA rules. That meant they could not wrestle another match on the day. After falling in his first match of the day, McNamara rallied back to win five-straight matches, including a pin over Apprentice's Jamir Brown (1:41) and three victories by decision.
Two Spartans also claimed a pair of sixth-place finishes in their respective weight classes. Junior Andrew Hoover claimed three victories in the 141-pound bracket and totaled 10.5 points. He claimed a pin over Washington & Jefferson's Michael Nagy (3:49) and a technical fall victory over Ohio Wesleyan's Ryan McElwae (16-1). Freshman Brandon Callow added two victories in the 133-pound draw, pinning Washington & Jefferson's Daniel Florentine (2:00) and earning a 6-4 decision over Apprentice's Anthony Manahan.
Freshman Grant Robinson claimed three victories in the 285-pound draw for a total of 8.5 points, while freshman Adam Kates picked up two victories in the 125-pound bracket and contributed 5.5 points to the team total.
CWRU wrestlers totaled 59.5 points on Saturday, finishing ninth at the competition. Alma and Washington & Jefferson each claimed a share of the tournament title as both schools totaled 110.0 points. Apprentice finished third with 104.0 points, while Mount Saint Joseph University placed fourth with 95.0 points.
The Spartans will return home on Wednesday, January 9th as they host Lourdes University and Thiel College for a Tri-Meet. Action is slated to start at 7:00 p.m. in Horsburgh Gymnasium.