The Case Western Reserve University wrestling team will host its second-final home meet of the 2019-20 campaign this season, when the Spartans welcome Adrian College, Kent State University at Tuscarawas, Washington & Jefferson College and Waynesburg University to Horsburgh Gymnasium for the 2020 Si Ostrach Meet on Saturday, January 25th.
***Start times listed are tentative – the meet will operate with a rolling schedule with 10 minutes in between each match. Therefore, matches could potentially start earlier or later than the times listed below***
Mat 1 Mat 2
12:00 p.m. CWRU vs. W&J Adrian vs. WU
1:30 p.m. CWRU vs. WU W&J vs. KSU-T
3:00 p.m. CWRU vs. Adrian KSU-T vs. WU
4:30 p.m. CWRU vs. KSU-T W&J vs. Adrian
Fans unable to attend the competition on Saturday can follow the action with a live video webcast at https://athletics.case.edu/sports/wrest/live and live results at https://athletics.case.edu/sports/wrest/liveresults. Full results and a recap of the matches will be posted to athletics.case.edu following the completion of competition on Saturday.
The Legacy of Si Ostrach
Simon Ostrach was the Wilbert Austin Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Engineering at CWRU and former Director of the National Center for Space Exploration Research.
Dr. Ostrach was acknowledged by NASA as one of 12 Super Stars of Modern Aeronautics and was a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, as well as the National Academy of Engineering. He retired in 2005 after 45 years on the CWRU faculty. Over the course of a 60-year career, Ostrach has made groundbreaking contributions to engineering and to the understanding of natural convection and physiologic and microgravity flows. Knowledge gained through his research has enabled the development of technologies for producing crystals for semiconductors and for producing microelectronic mechanical (MEM) devices. Dr. Ostrach also designed major experiments that flew aboard the space shuttle in 1992 and 1995. These provided significant insight for developing life-support systems in space, as well as for ground-based materials processing. A fellow of numerous professional societies, including the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Ostrach has received honorary doctorates from four universities: University of Rhode Island, Florida State University, The Technion and Brown University.
Aside from his impactful accomplishments in the engineering profession, Dr. Ostrach was an outstanding college wrestler and spent 25 years as one of the most highly respected NCAA wrestling officials in the nation.
The Spartans, who are coming off of a seventh-place finish at the Al Hanke Invitational on Saturday, are 2-6 in dual matches this season. Junior 197-pounder Brian Kent leads the team with a 19-8 overall record, including nine pins and one technical fall. In addition, senior 149-pounder Andrew Hoover and first-year 149/157-pounder Mitchell Arch have each recorded 16 wins. Andrew Hoover (16-9) has gathered nine pins, while Arch (16-11) has totaled a team-best 15 pins.
The Spartans are under the leadership of fifth-year Head Coach Danny Song. He is assisted by Chas Busz and Tim Scarl.
Washington & Jefferson Presidents
Washington & Jefferson is 3-5 in dual matches this season, and will host Waynesburg on Thursday before competing at the Si Ostrach Meet on Saturday. Included in the team's record is a 0-1 mark in road matches during the campaign. The Presidents roster features one nationally-ranked wrestler, with Jared Walker ranked seventh among Division III 165-pounders. Washington & Jefferson is led by ninth-year head coach Tommy Prairie. He is assisted by Jeff Breese.
Waynesburg Yellow Jackets
The Yellow Jackets are 7-4 in dual matches this season, and will Washington & Jefferson on Thursday. Included in the team's record is a 0-2 mark in road matches during the campaign. Waynesburg's roster features one nationally-ranked wrestler, with Rocky McGeary ranked fifth among Division III 285-pounders. The Yellow Jackets are under the leadership of 11th-year head coach Ron Headlee. He is assisted by Gennaro Bonaventura.
Adrian is 11-5 in dual matches this season. The Bulldogs will host Trine on Thursday, before traveling to Cleveland on Saturday. Adrian's roster features two nationally-ranked wrestlers, with Devon Pingel ranked seventh among Division III 197-pounders and Isaiah Espinoza ranked fourth among Division III 285-pounders. The Bulldogs are coached by Bill Schindel, who is in his fourth season with the squad. He is assisted by Ryne Morrison.
Kent State Golden Eagles
The Golden Eagles are 2-7 in dual matches this season, and are coming off of a loss to Fairmount State University. Kent State is under the leadership of David Schlarb, who is in his third season with the program.