The Case Western Reserve University wrestling team won all three of their matches at the 2019 CWRU Duals on Saturday in Horsburgh Gymnasium. The other schools competing were Defiance College, Penn State Behrend and Kent State University at Tuscarawas.
The Spartans won a nail-biter against Defiance in the early match by a score of 23-20 and then won their second match against Penn St.-Behrend by a score of 27-16. CWRU closed out the day with a 35-18 victory over KSU-Tuscarwas. The Spartans improve to 3-3 in dual matches this season.
In the early match against Defiance, the Spartans came away with five victories, including two pins and two decisions. The Yellow Jackets took the first two matches, but senior 197-pounder Gavin Dersh-Fisher earned the 8-2 decision victory over Mason Morris and then senior 285-pounder Brian McNamara earned a win by forfeit to give CWRU the 9-6 lead.
Defiance won the next match, but the Spartans would quickly regain the lead after a 5-3 decision from junior 133-pounder Jacob Frisch and then a pin in 1:08 from junior 141-pounder Andrew Hoover. The Spartans dropped the 149 and 157 matches, but junior 165-pounder Isaac Collier claimed a pin in 4:05 over Tyler Houston to clinch the match victory at 23-20.
Versus Penn St.-Behrend, the Spartans opened with a 9-6 lead due to a decision by freshman Aidan McCooey at 174 (5-0), a 5-4 decision victory from Dersh-Fisher at 197 and another decision victory (6-2) from McNamara at 285. A major decision from Behrend was quickly cancelled when junior 133-pounder Alec Hoover and Andrew Hoover won the next two matches by forfeit.
The Lions earned the win at 149, but freshman Jack Chipps' pin over Trey Kovalick at 157 (2:40) gave CWRU a 27-13 lead. Behrend picked up the final at 165 as Tyler Speraw earned the 6-4 decision over Collier.
Versus Kent State, the Spartans won three of the first four matches, including a pin from sophomore Brian Kent (2:31) over Carl Chaney at 184. After dropping the match at 125, freshman 133-pounder Brandon Callow earned a 17-1 technical fall victory over Ray Velez and then freshman 141-pounder Duncan Clayton picked a pin in 31 seconds over Austin Bailey. CWRU lost its match at 149 pounds, but came back with a win at 157 pounds after Chipps pinned Austin Croto in 2:38. The Golden Flashes won the last match of the day, however the Spartans were able to hang for the 35-18 victory.
Case Western Reserve will be back in action next weekend, when the team prepares to host the 2019 University Athletic Association Championships on Saturday, February 9th in Horsburgh Gymnasium.