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Gunter Wins Title as BW Wrestling Team Competes at East Coast Holiday Classic Tournament

Gunter Wins Title as BW Wrestling Team Competes at East Coast Holiday Classic Tournament

PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND – The Baldwin Wallace University wrestling team competed today at the unscored East Coast Holiday Classic tournament hosted by Johnson & Wales University at the Wildcat Center.  The Yellow Jackets were one of seven teams competing from the NCAA Division III & NJCAA ranks featured in the tournament.

BW was led by freshman Jesse Gunter (Akron/Coventry) as he captured the 125-weight class championhsip.   He went 3-0 on the day and now has a record of 17-1 on the season, including winning three championships in five tournaments.   Gunter pinned Richard Glazie of Norwich in 2:33, then won by major decision over Andrew Gauthier of Johnson & Wales and cpatured the title as he won by decision over Mike Sugermeyer of RIC.

Capturing second place for the Yellow Jackets were freshman 133-pounder Zach Walker (Fairlawn/Copley) and freshman 157-pounder Garrett Chase (Erie, Pa./Cathedral Prep).  

Walker posted a record of 1-1 and now has a season mark of 15-8.  He reached the second round via a bye, then defeated Trevor Pruett of Wisconsin-Whitewater by a 7-2 decision and fell to eventual champion Grant Sutter of Whitewater.  

Chase went 2-1 on the day and now is 21-7 overall.   He also had a first round-bye, then defeated Cam Loomis of Whitewater by a 7-3 decision, Irvin Buck of NCC by a decison of 5-3 and then fell to Everet Desilets of JWU in the championship match.

Freshman Joe Schmidt (Hinckley/Brunswick) finished third in the 149 weight class as he posted a mark of 3-1.  Schmidt pinned Colby Clarke of JWU in 1:22, fell in is next match and came back to win his last two matches by pin over Alex Kwmuntis of Norwich and by a 6-3 decision over Colby Clarke.  He now has a season record 13-7

Finishing fourth for BW was 165-pounder David Shapiro (Beachwood) and 174-pounder Ben LeBrun (Strongsville).

Shapiro posted a tournament record of 3-2 and now has a season mark of 16-9.  He pinned Ryan Rheaume of RIC but then lost his next match before winning his next two matches by techical fall (15-0) over Taylor Jacobs of Norwich and by major decision (11-2) over Frankie Marotti of JWU. Shapiro fell to Stephen Jarrell of JWU in the third place match.

LeBrun went 2-2 on the day as he won his first match by pin in 5:10 over Adam Zeh of Whitewater, fell in his second match, won his third match by an 8-4 decision over Nick Smith of Norwich and fell in the third place match to Zeh.   He is now 11-10 overall.

The Yellow Jackets have some time to rest as they are back in action on Saturday, January 12, 2013 when they travel to Indiana for the Manchester Invitational tournament at 9:00 a.m.

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