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Ferrum Wrestlers 11th at Pete Willson/Wheaton Invitational

Ferrum Wrestlers 11th at Pete Willson/Wheaton Invitational

(team scores & brackets)

WHEATON, Ill. -- Four Ferrum College wrestlers earned spots on the podium as the Panthers posted an 11th-place finish at the rugged Pete Willson/Wheaton Invitational, held Friday and Saturday, Jan. 25-26, at Wheaton College. Senior Blake Rosenbaum earned his 100th career win, a milestone no other Ferrum wrestler has accomplished in the six-year history of the Panther mat program.

1. University of Mount Union 135; 2. North Central (IL) 105.5; 3. Baldwin Wallace 98.; 4. Wisconsin-Whitewater 91.5; 5. Wisconsin-Platteville 84; 6. Olivet 80.5; 7. Wisconsin-La Crosse 79.5; 8. Wisconsin-Oshkosh 76.5; 9. Millikin 74.5; 10. Otterbein 70; 11. Ferrum 67.5; 12. Manchester 63; 13. Elmhurst 61.5; 14. John Carroll 58.; 15. Univ. of Chicago 57 (see full list in link above)

Rosenbaum went 5-2 with a pin and placed fifth at 174 pounds. He advanced to the semifinals with a 4-0 mark to open the tournament before suffering back-to-back losses and coming back to win his fifth-place match 8-6 over Drew Matticks from Milwaukee School of Engineering. Rosenbaum's 5th-place match was his 100th win, and gave him a 100-46 career record with 50 pins. He holds school records for career wins and career pins.

Andrew Tolbert went 7-2 with a pin to finish fifth at 165 pounds. He opened with a win, then lost his second match and had to battle through the consolations. In his 5th-place match, Tolbert eked out a 4-2 win over Olivet College's Tyler Grimsley. Levi Englman (133 lbs) went 4-2 with a pin to place seventh, and Austin Smith (157) went 4-2 with two pins to place eighth.

Mount Union won the team title with 135 points, easily outdistancing runner-up North Central (105.5 pts) and third-place Baldwin Wallace (98). Ferrum (67.5) finished 11th in a field of 38 teams.

125: Jalen White 2-2
133 Levi Englman 4-1 (1 pin), 7th
141: Mario Vasquez 2-1 (1)
149: Collin Saunders  2-2
157: Austin Smith 4-2 (2), 8th
165: Andrew Tolbert 7-2 (1), 5th
174: Blake Rosenbaum 5-2 (1), 5th
184: Braden Homsey 0-2
197: Antavian Leary 1-2
285: Alveno Matthews 0-2

"We really enjoy coming up here to the Pete Willson/Wheaton Invitational. It's a great indicator of where we are as a team. I don't think overall we looked good. We came out flat I thought the first day. You can't afford to do that against this competition. Proud of the four placers in Andrew, Levi, Blake and Austin. They all battled back from losses." --Head Coach Nate Yetzer

Coach Nate Yetzer's team will be back in action Wednesday, Jan. 30, at Southern Virginia University. The dual meet is slated to begin at 7:00 p.m. in Buena Vista, Virginia.