The Case Western Reserve University wrestling team concluded competition on Saturday afternoon at the RIT Invitational hosted by the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, New York. It was the squad's first team scoring invitational of the season.
First-year Mitchell Arch and junior Brian Kent paced the Spartans at the invite, with each earning fifth place finishes in their bracket.
Arch, competing at 149 pounds, contributed 17.0 points to the team with three pins and a 4-2 record. He reached the quarterfinals of his draw but lost to Tyler Brazinsk from Oneonta. In the consolation bracket, Arch pinned Norwich's Isaac Hahr in 19 seconds and RIT's James Ost in 32 seconds to advance to the fifth place consolation semifinals. There he lost Nico Patch from Trinity. In the fifth place match, Arch won by no contest. His other pin came in 43 seconds over Matt Rothman from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) in the second round of the championship bracket.
Kent, competing at 197 pounds, added 17.0 points to the team score. He finished 4-2 with four pins, including one in the fifth-place bout over John Carroll's Matthew Ferraro in 5:12. Kent advanced to the quarterfinals of the bracket with a pin over Lucas Wilson-Wuestefeld from WPI in 2:24. Though he lost in the quarterfinals, he rebounded with two consecutive pins in the consolation bracket, defeating Theil's Mickeal McCurdy in 2:25 and Norwich's Jeromy Hennning in 1:55.
Sophomore Adam Kates added 6.5 points for the Spartans, finishing 2-2 with two pins. Kates reached the quarterfinals of the 125-pound bracket with a pin over Keystone's Clayton Shaw in 37 seconds. In the consolation round, he pinned Thiel's Kace Sabedra in 47 seconds.
Sophomore Manhattan Gatton contributed 5.5 points for CWRU, finishing 2-2 in the 141-pound bracket with one pin. In 52 seconds, he pinned Norwich's Shale Ring to earn a win in the first round of the championship bracket.
In the 141-pound bracket, senior Jacob Frisch added 3.5 points to the team score. He recorded one pin and finished 2-2 on the day. Frisch pinned Gatton, his teammate, in the consolation bracket in 3:26.
Senior Andrew Hoover finished the day 2-2 with a pin in the 149-pound bracket, adding 4.0 points to the Spartans' total. His pin was over Cale Bartosch of Alfred State in 2:23 in the consolation bracket.
Also adding a pin for the Spartans was first-year Liam Jeske. Jeske added 3.0 team points after pinning Daniel Brothers of Alfred State in the third round of the 197-pound consolation bracket.
The Spartans finished in 10th place overall with 49 team points. RIT won the invitational with 154 team points.
With the conclusion of the meet, CWRU wraps up competition for 2019. The team returns to the mats on Saturday, January 4th for the D3 National Challenge at the Veale Center in Cleveland, Ohio. Competition is slated to begin at 9:00 a.m.