No. 7 Wrestling Places Second at 34th Annual John Summa Invitational

Senior Charlie Nash, junior Stanley Bleich, and senior Zeckary Lehman (Photo Courtesy of Ryan Clemens)
Senior Charlie Nash, junior Stanley Bleich, and senior Zeckary Lehman (Photo Courtesy of Ryan Clemens)

BEREA, Ohio – The No. 7 Nationally-Ranked Baldwin Wallace University wrestling team hosted the 34th annual John Summa Invitational and placed second out of 11 teams with 142.5 points, inside the Lou Higgins Center.

Senior All-American and Academic All-Ohio Athletic Conference No. 4 Individually-ranked 133-pounder Charlie Nash (Norwalk) led BW and placed first with 21.5 points. After receiving a first-round bye Nash won his second-round bout with a forty-second pin and followed that up with a 15-0 technical fall in his quarterfinal match. The senior grabbed a 7-2 decision in his semifinal bout. Nash captured the first place finish after a medical forfeit from his fellow teammate, Chad Craft (Dayton/Northmont).

Junior two-time All-Ohio Athletic Conference and Academic All-OAC No. 5 149-pounder Stanley Bleich (North Ridgeville/Elyria Catholic) placed first with 19.5 points. He won with a 17-1 tech fall to start his day and followed that up with a 1:26 pin in his quarterfinal. Bleich breezed to a 12-2 major decision in his semifinal match and secured his championship bout by way of a 7-4 decision.

Senior All-American and two-time All-Ohio Athletic Conference No. 6 197-pounder Zeckary Lehman (Akron/Revere) placed first with 18 points. Lehman started his day with a bye before a 6-0 decision in his second-round match. For his quarterfinal, he pinned his opponent in a minute and forty-two seconds. The senior secured a hard fought 2-0 decision in his semifinal bout. Lehman secured the title with an 11-4 decision.

Freshman 174-pounder Luke Salmon (Sandusky/Perkins) placed second with 19.5 points. In his opening round, the freshman secured a fifty-nine second pin before a 16-1 tech fall in his second-round bout. In his quarterfinal, Salmon seized a 13-2 major decision. The freshman advanced to the finals with a 9-1 decision in his semifinal match. Salmon fell in his finals bout to a 9-4 decision.

Junior 133-pounder Chad Craft (Dayton/Northmont) placed second with 18 points. Craft received a first-round bye and then secured a 1:16 pin in his second-round. For his quarterfinal, the junior won by way of a 5:20 pin, before a 4-2 decision in his semifinal bout.

Freshman 125-pounder Jack Stanley (Brecksville / Brecksville-Broadview Heights) placed third and finished with 15.5 points. Stanley fell in his semifinal bout to a narrow 6-5 decision. The freshman secured his third place bout with a 3:40 pin.

Senior two-time Academic All-OAC 157-pounder Nick Sbrocco (Perry) placed fourth with 10 points.

Freshman 184-pounder Griffin Rathburn (New Albany/Bishop Hartley) earned a fifth place finish with 12.5 points. He won his fifth place bout with a medical forfeit.

Sophomore 285-pounder Jarod Miller (Greenville, Pa./Reynolds) earned a fifth spot with 12 points. Miller secured a medical forfeit for his fifth place finish.

Freshman 197-pounder Matthew Wertz (Buffalo, N.Y. / Saint Joseph's Collegiate Institute) placed sixth with 9 points.

Junior 165-pounder Ryan Orr (Wadsworth) secured a fifth place spot with 11 points. The junior grabbed his fifth place match with a 15-5 major decision.

BW will hit the mats next against West Liberty (W. Va.) University on Friday February, 14 for Seniors' Night. Match is set to begin at 7:30 p.m.