CWRU Wrestling 2019-20 Season Recap

CWRU Wrestling 2019-20 Season Recap

The Case Western Reserve University wrestling team continued to see major improvements during the 2019-20 season, as the squad finished with the most dual match victories since Head Coach Danny Song took over the program prior to the 2015-16 season.

With 15 of the team's 22 wrestlers on the roster either first-years or sophomores, the team continued to gain experience throughout the season and saw the results during competition. One of the team's major highlights came during the 2020 University Athletic Association Championships in New York, New York, as senior Jacob Frisch was named the co-All-University Athletic Association wrestler in the 133-pound weight class and senior Andrew Hoover was named the All-UAA wrestler in the 149-pound weight class. CWRU would finish third at the 2020 UAA Championships.

Frisch became the third Spartan in the 133-pound weight class to earn the All-UAA honor, and first since Drew Gardella in 2006.

Andrew Hoover earned his third All-UAA honor of his career, as he claimed the 141-pound weight class in 2018 and the 149-pound weight class in 2019. He becomes the ninth Spartan in the 149-pound weight class to earn the All-UAA honor.

Junior 197-pounder Brian Kent paced the Spartans during the year with 29 wins, followed by Andrew Hoover who recorded 25 wins. First-year Mitchell Arch was also a bright spot for the Spartans, as he totaled 23 wins, including a team-high 21 pins.

Kent and Arch also placed in their respective weight classes at the NCAA Division III Central Regional Championships. Kent finished fifth in the 197-pound weight class as he went 4-2 throughout the regional, while Arch placed eighth in the 157-pound weight class. Case Western Reserve finished 13th at the NCAA Regionals.

Earlier in the year, the Spartans picked up their first dual match victory of the campaign as they defeated Thiel College 27-24. Senior Isaac Collier came through in the deciding 165-pound match as he claimed a dominating pin in 1:19 to secure the team victory. The team followed that performance a week later by claiming a victory over Ohio Wesleyan University in dramatic fashion. Heading into the 285-pound bout down 26-21, the Spartans needed all six points to win. In his first-ever collegiate bout, first-year Connor Forrest pinned OWU's Nathan Scott in 2:26 to give the squad a dramatic dual victory.

CWRU's best overall team performance came at the Al Hanke Invitational, hosted by Elmhurst College in Elmhurst, Illinois. The Spartans totaled 50.5 points to finish seventh at the tournament. Andrew Hoover paced the Spartans, as he notched a second-place finish in the 149-pound weight class. Sophomore Duncan Clayton and Kent each placed third in their respective weight classes, while Arch finished fourth in the 149-pound weight class.

The Spartans capped off their 2019-20 campaign by having Arch and Kent named as National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) Division III Scholar All-Americans. The squad as a whole was also recognized with the NWCA Scholar Team Award with the nation's highest grade point average. It was the first time since 2017 that the Spartans have been ranked No. 1 in Division III.

In addition to their NWCA Scholar Awards, the Spartans excelled individually in the classroom during the campaign. 11 members of the team – sophomore Brandon Barton, sophomore Brandon Callow, Collier, Frisch, junior Thomas Gallagher, senior Alec Hoover, Andrew Hoover, sophomore Adam Kates, Kent, sophomore Kyle Roberts and junior Joey Shulik – received UAA All-Academic recognition based on their cumulative grade point averages.

The Spartans earned the following honors during the 2019-20 season:

UAA Champion

Jacob Frisch

Belle Mead, N.J. / Montgomery

133 lbs.

Andrew Hoover

Colbert, Wash. / Mt. Spokane

149 lbs.

 

NWCA Scholar All-American

Mitchell Arch

Harrisburg, Pa. / Central Dauphin

Brian Kent

West Chester, Pa. / Bayard Rustin

       


The following Spartans led the team during the 2019-20 season:

Wins

Brian Kent

29

Winning Percentage

Brian Kent

.690 (29-13)

Pins

Mitchell Arch

21

Technical Falls

Isaac Collier

3