Wrestling Knocks off #17 NYU; Kates Named UAA Rookie of the Year

Wrestling Knocks off #17 NYU; Kates Named UAA Rookie of the Year

Case Western Reserve University freshman Adam Kates was named the University Athletic Association Rookie of the Year and junior Andrew Hoover was named the All-UAA wrestler in the 149-pound weight class, as the Spartans finished second at the 2019 UAA Championships, hosted by CWRU in Cleveland, Ohio on Saturday afternoon.

In addition to Kates and Andrew Hoover's honors, the Case Western Reserve University coaching staff, led by Head Coach Danny Song, was named the UAA Coaching Staff of the Year.

Kates became the first CWRU wrestler since Brian McNamara in 2016 and the seventh Spartan overall to be selected as the conference Rookie of the Year, which was first awarded at the 2001 UAA Championships. Kates was also the All-UAA wrestler in the 125-pound weight class, becoming the fifth Spartan in the 125-pound weight class to earn the All-UAA honor, the first since Matt Moy in 2017.

Andrew Hoover earns his second All-UAA honor of his career, as he claimed the All-UAA title in the 141-pound weight class last season. He becomes the eighth Spartan in the 149-pound weight class to earn the All-UAA honor, the first since Isaac Duke in 2011.

The Spartans finished second in the team standings after defeating 17th-ranked New York University 32-21, but dropping a 34-6 match against the 24th-ranked University of Chicago. Chicago won the UAA Championships, as they defeated NYU 36-3 in the first match of the day.

The Spartans moved to 4-4 on the season, while NYU dropped to 15-4, and Chicago ended the day with a 10-3 record.

Versus New York, the Spartans fell back early dropping their first two matches. Senior Gavin Dersh-Fisher picked up a victory via forfeit at 197 pounds and then senior Brian McNamara earned a 6-5 decision in a tiebreaker-1 over Will Ortman at 285 pounds. CWRU took the next match at 125 pounds after Kates pinned Jonathan Keltz in 51 seconds to give the Spartans a 15-11 lead.

Junior Alec Hoover claimed a technical fall victory (17-2) over Zach Alexander at 133 pounds to increase the CWRU lead to 20-11. The Violets took the next match at 141 pounds, before Andrew Hoover earned a pin in 4:42 over Seth Schulman at 149 pounds. NYU claimed the 157 pound match to cut the Spartan lead to 26-21, but 165-pound junior Isaac Collier clinched the match victory as he pinned Kade Steck-Loughney in 3:53 to give CWRU a 32-21 win.

Versus Chicago, Kates earned a 6-5 decision victory over David Traub and Andrew Hoover picked up a 4-1 decision over Alec Gleason to give the Spartans their only points of the match.

A small contingent of Spartans will be in action tomorrow, as the group travels to John Carroll University to compete in the JCU Open. Action at the open is slated to start at 10:00 a.m.