ASHLAND, Ohio – The Baldwin Wallace University wrestling team competed at the annual Simonson Invitational hosted by Ashland University on Saturday, November 22.
BW was led by freshman 197-pounder Connor Rigsby (Painesville/ Riverside) with a 4-2 record and a sixth place finish at a tournament that consisted mostly of NCAA Division I and II teams. Rigsby won his opening match with a 10-2 major decision over Gabe Stiver of Mount St. Joseph University before losing 6-5 to Ryan Morris of Division II Gannon (Pa.) University. In the consolation bracket, Rigsby won 5-4 versus Gordon Tuesdale of Division I Edinboro (Pa.) University, won by injury default and then pinned Gannon's Nigel Toussaint in 4:38 before losing 4-3 to Jamar Henry of Mercyhurst NE in the match for fifth/sixth place.
In addition to Rigsby, freshman 125-pounder Sean Kuklisin (Streetsboro), sophomore Patt McGinnis (Egg Harbor City, N.J./ Cedar Creek), sophomore 157-pounder Seamus Bermingham (Orchard Park, N.Y.), freshman 165-pounder Keagan Pearsall (Moretown, Vt./ Hardwood Union), freshman 174-pounder James Ritchie (Carlisle) and sophomore 184-pounder Paul Rallis (Ringoes, N.J./ Hunterdon Central) each won one match.
The BW wrestlers are back in action on Friday and Saturday, December 5-6 when they travel to Grantham, Pennsylvania to compete at the Petrofes Invitational hosted by Messiah College. Action begins on Friday, December 5 at 12 noon and resumes on Saturday, December 6 at 9:30 a.m.