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.