HERSHEY, Pennsylvania – Three Baldwin Wallace University wrestlers, junior 125-pound All-American Jesse Gunter (Akron/ Coventry), sophomore 141-pounder Josh Decatur (Akron/ Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy) and junior 174-pounder Garrett Chase (Erie, Pa./ Cathedral Prep), competed today in the first of the two-day 2015 NCAA Division III National Wrestling Championship Tournament at the Hershey Center. Gunter and Chase have guaranteed themselves of being a Division III All-American (top eight in each weight class).
Gunter, ranked third in the national at 125 pounds, won both of his matches to gaurantee himself of no worse than a sixth place finish and his second Division III All-American award. He beat Carlos Fuentez of Wheaton (Ill.) College in his first match by a 6-2 score and defeated No.6-seed Paul Bewak of Johns Hopkins (Md.) University, 5-4, in the second period of sudden death overtime. He advances to face No.2-seed Lucas Malmberg of Messiah (Pa.) College in the semifinals tomorrow morning.
Decatur had to win a preliminary/ "rat-tail" match against Nascid Barrow of Buena Vista (Iowa) College by a 10-3 score before losing in the first round to No.1-seed Alvontae Drummond of McDaniel (Pa.) College, 9-3. He fought back in the consolation bracket to defeat Wisconsin LaCrosse's Cody See by an 11-10 count when he earned a takedown with two seconds remaining and the score tied, 9-9. Decatur was eliminated by No.7-seed Mark Adcock of Wisconsin Whitewater, 7-5 in the second full overtime period when Adcock got a takedown at the final buzzer.
Chase, seeded eighth, beat Nicholas Allen of Olivet (Mich.) College, 9-7 in sudden victory 2 in his first match and then lost to No.1-seed Connor Lafever of Wabash (Ind.) College, 7-4. He defeated Tyrell Martin of Augsburg (Minn.) College, 8-3, in the consolation quarterfinals to Div. III All-American honors. He will wrestle Tory Cain of Rochester Institure of Technology in the consolation semifinals tomorrow morning. He still has a chance to place as high as third.
The Baldwin Wallace wrestling team set a school single-season record for victories this season with 17, had a 17-6 overall record and a 4-1 mark in the rugged Ohio Athletic Conference dual match schedule.
March 17, 2015 Seventeen BW Student-Athletes Earn Academic All-OAC Honors
March 3, 2015 Three Baldwin Wallace Wrestlers Earn All-OAC Honors
February 25, 2015 No.13 BW Wrestlers Set to Compete at NCAA Mideast Regional
February 23, 2015 Maclellan Garners First Career OAC Weekly Honor
February 17, 2015 No.13 BW Wrestlers Win By Criteria against Heidelberg
February 14, 2015 BW Wrestlers Compete at the Ashland Open
February 10, 2015 No.13 BW Wrestlers Win at Ohio Northern to Extend Wins Record
February 9, 2015 Chase Garners Second Career OAC Weekly Wrestling Honor
February 7, 2015 No.13 BW Wrestlers Win First-Ever John Summa Tournament Team Title
February 3, 2015 No.13 BW Wrestlers Drop OAC First Place Battle to No.7 Mount Union
January 31, 2015 No. 13 BW Wrestlers Place Sixth at Pete Willson Invitational
January 27, 2015 15th-Ranked BW Wrestlers Beat Muskingum, 50-4; Extend Record
January 26, 2015 Decatur Garners First Career OAC Weekly Wrestling Honor
January 23, 2015 15th-Ranked BW Wrestlers Set School Record for Victories
January 10, 2015 No. 16 BW Grapplers Take Second at Brockport (N.Y.) Invitational
December 16, 2014 BW’s Chase is OAC Wrestler of Week
December 15, 2014 23rd-Ranked BW Wrestlers Finish 4-0 at Mariner Duals
December 6, 2014 BW Wrestlers Finish Fourth at Messiah (Pa.) Tourney
November 23, 2014 BW Wrestlers Compete at Ashland Simonson Tourney
November 22, 2014 13th-Ranked BW Wrestlers Compete at Mt. Union Duals
November 19, 2014 No. 14 BW Wrestlers Win Sixth Straight Against Case Western Reserve
November 17, 2014 BW Wrestlers Compete at Trine Invitational
November 14, 2014 No.14 Wrestlers Sweep Mount St. Joseph in Home Opener
November 8, 2014 BW Wrestlers Open Season at CWRU Wrestling Festival
October 28, 2014 BW Wrestlers Picked Second to Challenge for 2015 OAC Title
October 8, 2014 BW Wrestling Adds Curley and Taylor to Coaching Staff