Wrestling team sits 11th after day one at Pete Willson Invitational

Photo by Keely Cruz
Photo by Keely Cruz

WHEATON, Ill. – The Olivet College wrestling team is in 11th-place after the first day of the 2019 Wheaton (Ill.) College/Pete Willson Invitational at King Arena in Wheaton, Illinois.

  • Thirty-eight NCAA Division III schools make up the tournament field.
  • University of Mount Union (Ohio) is on top of the leader board with 73.0 points. Baldwin Wallace (Ohio) University is second with 69.0 points, followed by University of Wis.-Platteville in third with 53 points, and University of Wis.-La Crosse and University of Wis.-Oshkosh tied for fourth-place with 53.5 points each.
  • The Comets have 43.5 points. Seven wrestlers are still alive in the brackets and will wrestle tomorrow.
  • At 149 pounds, junior Drew Mandell had three pins and will wrestle in the semifinals against Noah Nieman from Adrian College.
  • The remaining six Olivet wrestlers have each lost a match and will continue to wrestle tomorrow in the consolation bracket.
  • Junior Cole Hersch at 157 pounds and senior Tyler Grimsley at 165 pounds both lost close matches in the first round, and rebounded to win four straight matches. 

  • 125: Garret Cleveland – 3-1 record … lost 20-3 technical fall to Carlos Fuentes (Wheaton), won 4-3 over Josh McLaughlin (Elizabethtown), won 12-5 over Ellex Williams (MacMurray), won 3-1 over Elijah Davis (Millikin).
  • 133: Reese Wallis – 2-2 record … won 8-2 over Dominic Pecoraro (Trine), lost 10-2 to Jordin James (Mount Union), won 9-0 over Jimmy Murphy (Thomas More), lost 2-1 to Alec Hoover (Case Western).
  • 141: Andrew Castaneda – 0-2 record … lost 5-0 to Mario Vasquez (Ferrum), lost 2-0 to Robert Nowik (Adrian).
  • 149: Drew Mandell – 3-0 record … pinned Alexander Strueder (Wis.-Platteville) in 1:00, pinned Mike Davis (Pacific) in 0:20, pinned Stephen Maloney (Messiah) in 6:38.
  • 157: Cole Hersch – 4-1 record … lost 5-4 to Jason Crary (Chicago), won 9-0 over Kyle Bythell (Elizabethtown), pinned Caele Manley (Wheaton) in 5:11, won 5-3 over Daniel Nowak (John Carroll), won 6-5 over Tony Bivens (Wis.-Platteville).
  • 165: Tyler Grimsley – 4-1 record … lost 3-2 to Kahlan Lee-Lermer (Chicago), won 7-5 over Chase Schmidt (Wis.-Eau Claire), won 15-3 over Tanner Walker (Muskingum), won 3-2 over David Stevens (Messiah), pinned Zach Altman (Adrian) in 4:52.
  • 174: Haydn Kinjorski – 3-1 record … lost 11-7 to Drew Matticks (Milwaukee School of Engineering), pinned Mason Morris (Defiance) in 0:57, won 6-3 over Husam Alabed (Wis.-Oshkosh), won 8-4 over James Borgen (Wis.-Stevens Point).
  • 184: Clayton Higelmire – 0-2 record … lost 2-1 to Christian Hipsher (John Carroll), lost 6-3 to Donald Frost (Wis.-La Crosse).
  • 197: Jacob Harvey – 3-1 record … lost 16-0 to Keaijion Reynolds (Millkin), won 11-1 over Zach Reynolds (Adrian), pinned Christopher Head (Baldwin Wallace) in 2:46, won 9-3 over Max Schmitz (Wis.-Platteville).
  • 285: Trevor Piggott – 2-1 record … won 14-3 over Josh Stasek (John Carroll), won 11-3 over Don Phillips II (Buena Vista), lost 3-1 to Jordan Lemcke (Wis.-Oshkosh).

1. Mount Union, Ohio, 73.0; 2. Baldwin Wallace, Ohio, 69.0; 3. Wis.-Platteville, 58.0; 4. Wis.-La Crosse, 53.5; 4. Wis.-Oshkosh, 53.5; 6. Wis.-Whitewater, 53.0; 7. North Central, Ill., 52.0; 8. Elmhurst, Ill., 51.0; 9. Millikin, Ill., 49.0; 10. Ferrum, Va., 44.5; 11. OLIVET, 43.5; 12. Messiah, Pa., 42.0; 13. John Carroll, Ohio, 38.0; 14. Otterbein, Ohio, 37.0; 14. Chicago, Ill., 37.0.

  • The second day of the tournament gets started tomorrow morning at 10 a.m. CT/11 a.m. ET.