Grapplers finish 11th at RIT Tournament


Junior Brian Snyder went 2-2 this past weekend at the RIT Invitational in the 165-pound weight bracket. He is now 3-5 on the season headed into Saturday’s home match against Baldwin Wallace.

Peter Cooke, Sports Editor

Freshman Eric Sullivan posted a 4-2 record in the 157-pound weight class as the Case Western Reserve University wrestling team placed 11th during the 47th Annual Rochester Institute of Technology Tournament on Saturday at Gordon Fieldhouse.

In his first collegiate action, the first-year Spartan opened the day with a pin at the 2:01 mark versus Anthony Spallone of SUNY-Oswego before losing to Dan Graff of SUNY-Oneonta by decision, 9-6.

Bouncing back in the consolation bracket, Sullivan defeated both Zach Rahl of Worcester Polytechnic Institute (9-7) and Keonmin Hwang of Wesleyan University by a 5-2 decision before advancing to the next round via medical forfeit. However, Sullivan fell to Sean Sercu of RIT in the following round by a pin at the 3:57 mark.

Of note, a quartet of Spartans posted 2-2 records with freshmen Xander Straughter at 133 pounds, Zach McCarthy at 149 pounds, and Nick Lees at 157 pounds. Junior Brian Snyder also totaled two wins in the 165-pound bracket.

The Spartans have a week off from competition before hosting local rival Baldwin Wallace University at Horsburgh Gymnasium on Saturday, Dec. 8 for a 1 p.m. dual match.