Cleveland State won their 46th meeting with John Carroll by a 40-6 score in Woodling Gym. It is the first time CSU scored 40 points against JCU since 1988. Evan Cheek, Mike Kostandaras, and Mike Carlone all received forfeits, while Sam Wheeler recorded a pin. Nathan Wynkoop picked up a technical fall up two weight classes. Riley Shaw and Nick Montgomery each won by major decision. Chas Busz won the closest bout on the day with a riding time point win at 157. John Carroll's Tyler Hardtke and Tom McNulty picked up back to back wins over John Vaughn and Gabe Stark. CSU is now 1-0 while JCU is 2-3.
The 46TH meeting between the wrestling teams of Cleveland State University and John Carroll University will take place at 4pm on Sunday in CSU's Woodling Gymnasium. The continuance of the match marks the importance of wrestling in Northeast Ohio as both programs have featured some of the greatest athletes in the area. A new wrinkle in this year's dual will be John Carroll's first new coach in over twenty years, JCU's all time wins leader, Mark Hawald. Hawald, taking over for Kerry Volkman, previously coached at Case Western and Mount Union. Last year's match was won 39-9 by CSU, the second most points CSU ever scored against JCU. CSU started the season with one champion and five placers at the Clarion Open last weekend while JCU started their season off today going 2-2 at their own JCU Duals. Make sure to stop by and see the tradition continue tomorrow.
After holding public wrestle offs last week, the Vikings returned to intercollegiate action for the first time since March. They quickly showed they will be a contender for the EWL title this season.
The upperweights were particularly strong for CSU. Riley Shaw won 5 matches to repeat as Clarion Open Champion building on his preseason top 10 ranking. In the finals, he defeated a top 100 recruit Austin Myers of West Virginia. Sam Wheeler, a graduate transfer from Kent State, shook off some of the rustiness from a year off collegiate competition and practice to earn a third place finish ahead of a Division 2 national champion at 197. His only loss on the day was to Lock Haven's EWL runner up and NCAA qualifier Phil Sprenkle. Nick Corba, who was busy this summer competing at world level Greco competitions, showed that it paid off with a fourth place finish at 184. Then at 174 true junior Gabe Stark came back from an early round loss to finish fourth losing to West Point Prep's Ben Harvey twice.
At 133, Mikey Kostandaras had a terrific day going 5-2 to take home fourth place. Impressively, he twice beat top 100 recruit Korbin Myers of Edinboro during the day. He also beat another EWL rival in Mike Bartolo of Clarion. Nick Montgomery showed once again that he can score points in bunches by posting 4 double digit wins before falling in the finals at 149 to Virginia's TJ Miller. Montgomery beat Viking true freshman Grant Turnmire in the quarterfinals. Turnmire ended up with a 2-2 record in his first collegiate outing.
Also picking up victories for CSU were Nick DeRosa (125), Evan Cheek (125), Jayce Carr (141), John Vaughn (157), Chas Busz (157), Nathan Wynkoop (165). Notably, true freshman Evan Cheek went 4-2 in a very tough weight in which he posted a big win over top 50 recruit and 2015 Pennsylvania State Wrestler of the Year Devin Brown of West Virginia University by a 10-4 score.
Virginia dominated the tournament with 6 champions and 13 top 4 finishers. Matching CSU, Eastern rival Lock Haven had one champ (Tristan Sponsellor at 184) for a total of 6 top 4 finishers. Host Clarion had the other two champs at 141 and 165 but only 2 other top 4 finishers. Other Division 1 teams with top 4 placewinners were Edinboro, Kent State, Old Dominion, Pittsburgh, and West Virginia as well as Division 2 powers Pitt-Johnstown and Cleveland's Notre Dame.
CSU has their home opener next Sunday in the next edition of the historic Cleveland rivalry against John Carroll, one of the longest running dual matches in all of collegiate wrestling.