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 31st out of 38 schools competing at the annual Pete Willson Invitational on Friday and Saturday, hosted by Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois.

Junior Alec Hoover and senior Gavin Dersh-Fisher were the top CWRU performers over the two competition as they both advanced to second day of competition.

Alec Hoover opened the tournament with a major decision victory over Wisconsin-Eau Claire's Thomas Severson (11-2). After falling by decision to John Carroll's Spencer Dusi, Alec Hoover earned a decision victory over Elizabethtown's Colton Rex (7-1). Hoover then picked up a tiebreaker-1 (2-1) over Olivet's Reese Willis.

On Saturday morning, Otterbein's Jackson Lasko ended Alec Hoover's day with an 8-5 decision. For the season, Alec Hoover leads the squad with 23 wins (23-6 overall) and has totaled seven pins and one technical fall.

Competing in the 197-pound weight class, Dersh-Fisher opened the tournament with a 4-2 decision over Messiah's Joe Embleton. After falling by a 7-4 decision to Thomas More's James Caniglia, Dersh-Fisher picked up a 1-0 decision victory over Ohio Northern's Chris Mueller. He then picked up a pin in 6:55 over Elizabethtown's Elijah Flasher.

On Saturday morning, Heidelberg's Tyler Hammock ended Dersh-Fisher's day with a pin in 2:18. For the season, Dersh-Fisher is 5-3 in 197 weight class with one pin.

Also winning matches on Friday were freshman Grant Robinson, junior Andrew Hoover and junior Isaac Collier.

Competing in the 285-pound weight class, Robinson pinned Wisconsin-Stevens Point's Steve Anderson in 2:15 to open the day. After falling to Otterbein's Drew Kasper (3-0), Robinson came back to earn a pin in 30 seconds over Muskingum's Cody Jenkins. His day was ended by a pin in 2:23 against Chicago's Patrick Mulkerin.

Competing in the 141-pound weight class, Andrew Hoover lost his first-round match to Wisconsin-Stevens Points' Matt Berlin by a 9-5 decision. Andrew Hoover bounced back to pick up a major decision victory (16-6) over Nick Gonzalez of Elizabethtown. Andrew Hoover earned a 6-2 decision over Chicago's Chaise Hauck. His day was ended with a 16-6 major decision against Mount Union's David Massey.

Competing in the 165-pound weight class, Collier suffered a 10-2 major decision loss to Baldwin Wallace's Anthony Arroyo. Collier bounced back to earn a 3-2 decision victory over Manchester's Tyler Leonhard. His day was ended by a 6-4 decision over Dubuque's Zarik Anderson.

The five Spartans combined to score 17.5 points during the invitational.

The Spartans will be back in action next Saturday, February 2nd, as they welcome Defiance College, KSU-Tuscawaras and Penn State Behrend to Horsburgh Gymnasium for a quad-meet.