CWRU Wrestling 2018-19 Season Recap

CWRU Wrestling 2018-19 Season Recap

The Case Western Reserve University wrestling team saw major improvements during the 2018-19 season, as the squad earned its highest finish at the 2019 University Athletic Association Championships since Head Coach Danny Song took over the program prior to the 2015-16 season.

With 14 of the team's 20 wrestlers on the roster either freshman or sophomores, the team continued to gain experience throughout the season and began to see the results during competition.  One of the team's major highlights came during the 2019 UAA Championships in Cleveland, Ohio, as freshman Adam Kates was named the UAA Rookie of the Year and was also the All-UAA wrestler in the 125-pound weight class, while junior Andrew Hoover was named the All-UAA wrestler in the 149-pound weight class. In addition, the CWRU coaching staff, led by Coach Song, was named the UAA Coaching Staff of the Year. Case Western Reserve finished second at the 2019 UAA Championships.

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 also became the fifth Spartan in the 125-pound weight class to earn the All-UAA honor, the first since Matt Moy in 2017.

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

Junior 133-pounder Alec Hoover paced the Spartans during the year with 27 wins, followed by junior 165-pounder Isaac Collier who recorded 26 wins. Alec Hoover tallied seven pins and two technical falls, while Collier totaled eight pins and three technical falls.

Collier, senior Gavin Dersh-Fisher and Alec Hoover also placed in their respective weight classes at the NCAA Division III Central Regional Championships. Collier finished sixth in the 165-pound weight class as he went 3-3 throughout the regional, while Dersh-Fisher placed seventh in the 197-pound weight class and Alec Hoover placed eighth in the 133-pound weight class. Case Western Reserve finished 16th at the NCAA Regionals.

Earlier in the year, the Spartans swept a quad-meet with Defiance College, Penn St.-Behrend and Kent State University at Tuscarawas to pick up their first victories of the season. CWRU defeated Defiance 23-20, then won a 27-16 match against Penn St.-Behrend and concluded the day with a 35-18 victory over KSU-Tuscarawas.

CWRU's best overall team performance came at the BW Invitational, hosted by Baldwin Wallace University. The Spartans totaled 90.0 points to finish second at the tournament. Alec Hoover and Collier paced the Spartans, each notching a second-place finish in their respective weight classes. Sophomore Brian Kent also added a third-place finish in the 184 weight class, while freshman Brandon Callow, freshman Jack Chipps, freshman Aidan McCooey and senior Brian McNamara each placed fourth in their respective weight classes.

Other notable tournament finishes for Case Western Reserve during the year included a 10th-place finish at the RIT Invitational on December 1st, a 9th-place finish at the Waynesburg Invitational on January 5th and a 31st-place finish at the Pete Willson Invitational on January 26th.

The Spartans capped off their 2018-19 campaign by having Collier and Alec Hoover named as National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) Division III Scholar All-Americans. The squad as a whole was also recognized with the NWCA Scholar Team Award with the nation's 11th-best grade point average.

In addition to their NWCA Scholar Awards, the Spartans excelled individually in the classroom during the campaign. Six members of the team – Collier, junior Jacob Frisch, sophomore Thomas Gallagher, Alec Hoover, Andrew Hoover and Kent – received UAA All-Academic recognition based on their cumulative grade point averages.

The Spartans earned the following honors during the 2018-19 season:

University Athletic Association Rookie of the Year

Adam Kates

Needham, Mass. / Needham


UAA Champion

Adam Kates

Needham, Mass. / Needham

125 lbs.

Andrew Hoover

Colbert, Wash. / Mt. Spokane

149 lbs.


NWCA Scholar All-American

Isaac Collier

Northfield, Ohio / St. Edward

Alec Hoover

Colbert, Wash. / Mt. Spokane

The following Spartans led the team during the 2018-19 season:


Alec Hoover


Winning Percentage

Alec Hoover

.730 (27-10)


Grant Robinson


Technical Falls

Isaac Collier & Andrew Hoover