Spartan Wrestling Goes 2-0 at CWRU Duals on ‘Alumni Day’

Spartan Wrestling Goes 2-0 at CWRU Duals on ‘Alumni Day’

The Case Western Reserve University wrestling team won both of their matches at the 2020 CWRU Duals on Saturday at Horsburgh Gymnasium. The other schools competing were Defiance College and Penn State Behrend.

The Spartans won their first match against Penn State Behrend by a score of 53-6, and then closed out the day with a 27-19 victory over Defiance College. The Spartans improve to 6-8 in dual matches this season.

In the early match against Penn St.-Behrend, the Spartans came away with nine victories, including two pins and a technical fall. CWRU took the early lead as they won the first four matches by forfeit. First-year 157-pounder Mitchell Arch then pinned Behrend's Cole Ruffo in 1:08 to push the Spartan advantage to 30-0. Senior 165-pounder Isaac Collier followed that with a 21-3 technical fall victory over PSB's Tyler Speraw.

After a loss at 174 pounds, the Spartans came back as first-year Stephen Andryc pinned Behrend's Brian Himes in 2:37 to push the lead to 41-6. CWRU won the final two matches by forfeit to secure the 53-6 match victory.

Versus Defiance, the Yellow Jackets took the first match, but senior 133-pounder Jacob Frisch earned the 8-2 decision victory over Seth Majewski to cut the deficit to 5-3. Defiance won the 141-pound match, but the Spartans would again quickly answer as senior 149-pounder Andrew Hoover earned a 2-1 decision over Cortez Bradley.

The Spartans would claim the lead after the 157-pound match, as Arch pinned Bradley Collins in 1:25 to give CWRU a 12-10 lead. The Spartans won the next two matches by forfeit, but dropped the 184-pound match to make the score 24-16. Junior 197-pounder Brian Kent secured the match victory as he earned an 8-1 decision over Mason Morris. The Yellow Jackets picked up the final at 285 as Rigo Villa earned the 7-0 decision over sophomore Grant Robinson.

Case Western Reserve will be back in action next weekend, when the team prepares to travel to New York University for the 2020 University Athletic Association Championships on Saturday, February 15th.