It was a solid weekend for the Spartan wrestlers at the Pete Willson-Wheaton College Invitational, as they continued their season-long display of improvement in the tournament.
When it was all said and done, the Spartans finished tied for 22nd place in the 32 school tournament. The team continued to show the fight and courage that have been the backbone of their ascension this season. The Spartans saw a couple of their wrestlers place in their respective brackets, the most tangible sign of improvement during a tournament. Slowly but surely the results are beginning to show, a testament to all the hard work put in by the team as well as the coaches.
The highlight of the tournament was the fifth place finish of David Brunk in the 174-pound bracket. Brunk opened the tournament in strong fashion, securing a pin of Charles Scherer from the University of Chicago in his first match. Brunk went on to record decision victories in each of his next two matches, over Connor Sharp of Olivet College and Andrew Pettit of The University of Wisconsin at Whitewater, to cap the first day of the tournament. Although Brunk had the misfortune of facing two of the best wrestlers in the tournament on day two, he still claimed the fifth place match via a medical forfeit. Nevertheless, it was a tournament to remember for the freshman. With a strong showing in the bracket, Brunk improved his season record to 16-12.
Additionally, Josh Hall also had a respectable weekend in the 125-pound bracket. After getting pinned to start the tournament, Hall rebounded with victories in his next two matches, a pin of his own over Matt Damp of Lakeland University and a decision against Kyle McNulty of Elizabethtown College, and earned a spot in the seventh place match in the bracket. Although he ultimately came up short against Zac Denny of University of Wisconsin at Whitewater, it was another step in the right direction for the sophomore. Hall ultimately moved his season record to 12-6 with a strong weekend.
On Saturday the Spartans return home for the first of two quad meets for the month when they take on three different schools in Wheeling Jesuit, Mount St. Joseph and the Lake Erie junior varsity squad at the Horsburgh Gymnasium. The Spartan wrestlers will get another chance to let us see their improvement for ourselves.