Spartan Wrestlers Defeat Thiel, 27-24, for First Win of Season

Spartan Wrestlers Defeat Thiel, 27-24, for First Win of Season

The Case Western Reserve University wrestling team fell behind early, but fought back on Wednesday afternoon to pick up a 27-24 win over Thiel College at Horsburgh Gymnasium in Cleveland, Ohio.

The win was the first of the season for the Spartans, who improved to 1-5 overall for the 2019-20 campaign. Thiel fell to 2-2 with the loss.

The Spartans fell behind early, after dropping matches at 174 pounds and 184 pounds. However, CWRU surged back with three-straight victories to take a 15-11 lead. Junior Brian Kent claimed a 3-1 decision at 197 pounds, sophomore Grant Robinson pinned Thiel's Gavin Colligan in 1:01 at 285 pounds and then sophomore Adam Kates followed with a pin over Brynen Kisiel in 3:24 at 125 pounds.

The Tomcats earned the win at 133 pounds and 141 pounds, as they reclaimed the lead at 20-15. The Spartans once again answered as senior Andrew Hoover pinned Hunter Martz (1:17) at 149 pounds, which gave CWRU the 21-20 advantage with only two matches left.

Thiel's Austin Bonacci earned the major decision victory at 157 pounds to give the Tomcats a 24-21 lead. Senior Isaac Collier came through in 165-pound match as he claimed a dominating pin in 1:19 over Jake Longerman to secure the 27-24 team victory.

Case Western Reserve will return to action next Wednesday, January 15th, as they welcome Ohio Wesleyan University and Otterbein University to Horsburgh Gymnasium for a tri-meet. The Spartans will face Ohio Wesleyan at 5:00 p.m., followed by a match against Otterbein at 6:30 p.m.