Maroon wrestling takes second place at UAA Championship

All-UAA wrestlers Nick Ferraro, Mario Palmisano and Devan Richter. 
(PHOTO CREDIT: Lynne Browske)
All-UAA wrestlers Nick Ferraro, Mario Palmisano and Devan Richter. (PHOTO CREDIT: Lynne Browske)

CLEVELAND, Ohio – The University of Chicago wrestling team earned three spots on the All-Association Team and finished in second place at the University Athletic Association (UAA) Championship on Saturday.

The Maroons ran their record to 8-4 on the season after having their dual-match win streak snapped at seven.

UChicago had three weight class champions who made the All-Association team – freshman Devan Richter (125 pounds), freshman Nick Ferraro (174 pounds) and senior Mario Palmisano (heavyweight). Additionally, Richter was named UAA Rookie of the Year.

UChicago opened up the action against defending champion New York University. Richter started the day with a first-period pin just under two minutes into the match. However, the Violets won the next five matches to take a 19-6 lead. Ferraro stopped the slide at 174 pounds with an 8-3 decision victory. Palmsisano closed out with an 8-2 decision of his own, and NYU came out the winner by a score of 26-12.

The Maroons had a quick turnaround for their second match-up versus the host, Case Western Reserve University. Once again, Richter secured a pin at 125 pounds, this time in the second period. The Spartans won the next two matches via decision to tie the score at 6-6. The Maroons responded by winning all seven of the remaining bouts. Sophomores Michael Sepke (149 pounds) and Paul Papoutsis (165 pounds) both tallied first-period pins, sandwiched around a forfeit victory for senior Tim Salazar at 157 pounds. Ferraro, junior Ryan Walsh (184 pounds) and junior David Gremling (197 pounds) all won via decision. Palmisano dominated en route to a 20-4 technical fall victory at heavyweight to end the match in favor of the Maroons, 38-6.

NYU then defeated Case 47-6 to win the UAA team title.

"It wasn't our day," said Head Coach Leo Kocher. "We needed to wrestle tougher to get past NYU. We did not win the close ones and we did not keep the other losses close enough."

NYU 26, UChicago 12
125 – Devan Richter (UC) def. Jacob Donato (NYU), Fall (1:56)
133 – Nathan Pike (NYU) def. Adam Wyeth (UC), 15-0 tech fall
141 – Brandon Jones (NYU) def. Elliot Henderson (UC), 15-6 major decision
149 – Matt Coppola (NYU) def. Michael Sepke (UC), 9-7 decision
157 – Matthew DiGiovanni (NYU) def. Devon Range (UC), 9-0 major decision
165 – John Messinger (NYU) def. Paul Papoutsis (UC), 5-2 decision
174 – Nick Ferraro (UC) def. Raymond Jazikoff (NYU), 8-3 decision
184 – Patrick Sheehan (NYU) def. Nicholas DiNapoli (UC), 9-0 major decision
197 – Brian Anderson (NYU) def. David Gremling (UC), 10-3 decision
285 – Mario Palmisano (UC) def. William Gockel-Figge (NYU), 8-2 decision

UChicago 38, Case 6
125 – Devan Richter (UC) def. Matt Moy (CWRU), Fall (4:30)
133 – Connor Medlang (CWRU) def. Adam Wyeth (UC), 7-5 decision
141 – Travis Alexander (CWRU) def. Elliot Henderson (UC), 7-4 decision
149 – Michael Sepke (UC) def. Connor Gordon (CWRU), Fall (1:14)
157 – Timothy Salazar (UC) by forfeit
165 – Paul Papoutsis (UC) def. Nate Tommas (CWRU), Fall (1:32)
174 – Nick Ferraro (UC) def. Nick Lees (CWRU), 6-2 decision
184 – Ryan Walsh (UC) def. Ahmad Khatib (CWRU), 15-12 decision
197 – David Gremling (UC) def. Cito Balsells (CWRU), 7-1 decision
285 – Mario Palmisano (UC) def. Nate Lewis (CWRU), 20-4 technical fall


  • Saturday, February 28 – UChicago at NCAA Midwest Regional (Crawfordsvile, Ind.), 9 AM (ET)