Morrison leads UChicago wrestling to 12th place team finish at conclusion of Wheaton Invite

Grant Morrison
Grant Morrison

WHEATON, Ill. – Buoyed by strong performances from a trio of freshmen, the University of Chicago wrestling team ended up finishing 12th as a team at the Wheaton College Pete Willson Invitational on Saturday.

In a field of 34 teams that included eight nationally-ranked squads, the Maroons scored 57 points to end up 12th overall. The team title went to Messiah College with 161 points.

The two-day invite saw three UChicago freshmen advance to the second day of action in the consolation draw. Grant Morrison led the charge at 141 pounds, finishing fourth overall in his bracket. Morrison was the No. 7 seed to begin the weekend and he earned a pair of decision victories (4-3 and 8-3) to reach the third-place match. He then took on the No. 1 seed from Manchester University and dropped a major decision to take fourth place.

Kahlan Lee-Lermer went 1-1 on the day at 149 pounds. The No. 8 seed started out the morning with a narrow 8-7 loss to the No. 3 seed, but Lee-Lermer bounced back to pin the No. 4 seed in the second period to finish seventh overall.

Steve Bonsall was also a seventh-place finisher at 157 pounds. As the No. 6 seed, Bonsall opened with a 9-4 loss and then captured his final match 5-1.

"Kahlan, Grant and Steve making the podium is a pretty good freshman effort," said Head Coach Leo Kocher. "Losing Mike Sepke to an elbow fracture is a tough break for him and the team."

NEXT MEET:

  • Friday, Feb. 3 @ 7:00 PM – Augustana College at UChicago