The Case Western Reserve University wrestling team placed seventh at the Al Hanke Invitational on Saturday, January 18th at Elmhurst College in Elmhurst, Illinois.
Senior Andrew Hoover paced the Spartans, notching a second-place finish in the 149-pound weight class, leading a pack of five CWRU wrestlers to win at least two matches on the day.
Competing in the 149-pound weight bracket, Andrew Hoover earned an 11-1 major decision victory over Adrian's Garrett Gelinski and then picked up a pin over Wisconsin-Whitewater's Alex Valenzona in 1:18. In the semifinal match against Chicago's Grant Morrison, Hoover claimed a hard-fought 9-6 decision. However, Hoover fell to Harper's Ben Lemp in the draws championship match. His performance contributed 16.0 points towards the team total.
Sophomore Duncan Clayton earned three victories in the 133-pound draw for a third-place finish. He pinned Triton's Jaylan Claudio (1:38), but then fell to Harper's Martrice Smith. Clayton surged back to win his next matches, pinning Elmhurst's Justin Hames (1:43) and then claiming a 12-5 decision over Concordia's Gabe Rodriguez in the third-place match. He contributed 15.5 points to the team total.
Junior Brian Kent also earned a third-place finish, as he earned three victories in the 197-pound weight class. Kent started the day with a 15-0 technical fall victory over Milwaukee School of Engineering's Chris Botzoc. After falling to Triton's Sean Kelly, Kent answered with back-to-back 5-4 decision victories. The first came against Elmhurst's Victor Vargas and the second against Adrian's Michael Jacobs.
First-year Mitchell Arch was the final Spartan to place on Saturday, as he finished fourth in the 149-pound weight class. He posted a 3-2 record throughout the day, pinning Triton's Shamar Pugh twice and also earning a pin over Adrian's Robert Nowik. Arch increased his season total of pins to 15, which currently leads the team.
Senior Isaac Collier picked up two victories in the 165-pound bracket, both by fall, and contributed 6.0 points to the team total.
CWRU wrestlers totaled 50.5 points on Saturday, finishing seventh at the competition. Chicago claimed the tournament title as they totaled 124.5 points Elmhurst College finished second with 100.0 points, while Harper College placed third with 89.0 points.
The Spartans will return to action on Saturday, January 25th, for the 2020 Si Ostrach Meet. CWRU will host Adrian College at 12:00 p.m., Waynesburg University at 1:30 p.m., Washington & Jefferson at 3:00 p.m. at Kent State University at Tuscarawas at 4:30 p.m. in Horsburgh Gymnasium on the CWRU campus.