UChicago wrestling takes second place at UAA Championship

Grant Morrison
Grant Morrison

NEW YORK – The University of Chicago wrestling team took second place as a team at the 2017 University Athletic Association (UAA) Wrestling Championship on Sunday.

The Maroons moved to 6-4 on the season in dual meets. The Spartans fell to 2-7 while the Violets improved to 17-4. NYU won its sixth-straight UAA team title with a pair of wins.

At the end of the meet, UChicago's Grant Morrison (141 pounds) and Duncan Payne (heavyweight) were named to the All-UAA team. Morrison was also picked as UAA Rookie of the Year.

The first bout of the day featured the Maroons and the Spartans. Case Western Reserve took a 12-3 lead with three wins out of the opening four matches. Morrison captured the first UChicago victory 5-3 in overtime at 141 pounds. Once 157 pounds rolled around, the Maroons took charge and swept the final six matches to earn a 29-12 team victory.

Freshman Steve Bonsall started the rally with a decision at 157 pounds. Junior Nicholas DiNapoli (165 pounds) and sophomore Jason Lynch (184 pounds) posted major decisions, while senior Paul Papoutsis (174 pounds) and sophomore John Jayne (197 pounds) recorded pins. Payne closed out the match with a 2-1 decision at heavyweight.

UChicago 29, Case Western Reserve 12
125 – Matt Moy (CWR) won via forfeit
133 – Alec Hoover (CWR) def. Elliot Henderson (UC), 3-0 decision
141 – Grant Morrison (UC) def. Andrew Hoover (CWR), 5-3 decision (OT)
149 – Mike Petersen (CWR) def. Kahlan Lee-Lermer (UC), 6-2 decision
157 – Steve Bonsall (UC) def. Andrew Munn (CWR), 7-4 decision
165 – Nicholas DiNapoli (UC) def. Connor Gordon (CWR), 12-4 major decision
174 – Paul Papoutsis (UC) def. Nate Tommas (CWR), Fall (1:26)
184 – Jason Lynch (UC) def. Cito Balsells (CWR), 14-3 major decision
197 – John Jayne (UC) def. Gavin Dersh-Fisher (CWR), Fall (5:28)
285 – Duncan Payne (UC) def. Brian McNamara (CWR), 2-1 decision


The championship face-off featured the host Violets and the Maroons. NYU ended up taking nine of the 10 matches to win 35-3. UChicago's lone victory came from Morrison via 8-7 decision.

NYU 35, UChicago 3
125 – Jacob Donato (NYU) won via forfeit
133 – Nathan Pike (NYU) won via forfeit
141 – Grant Morrison (UC) def. Sean Lyons (NYU), 8-7 decision
149 – Matthew Coppola (NYU) def. Kahlan Lee-Lermer (UC), 11-6 decision
157 – Raymond Jazikoff (NYU) def. Steve Bonsall (UC), 8-5 decision
165 – Maykel Dolorit (NYU) def. Nicholas DiNapoli (UC), 14-7 decision
174 – John Messinger (NYU) def. Paul Papoutsis (UC), 6-2 decision
184 – Blaise Benderoth (NYU) def. Jason Lynch (UC), 9-7 decision (OT)
197 – Jack La Corte (NYU) def. Duncan Payne (UC), 20-4 technical fall
285 – Santino Pelusi (NYU) def. Patrick Mulkerin (UC), 5-3 decision


All-Association Team

  • 125: Matt Moy (CWR)
  • 133: Nathan Pike (NYU)
  • 141: Grant Morrison (UChicago)
  • 149: Matthew Coppola (NYU)
  • 157: Raymond Jazikoff (NYU)
  • 165: Maykel Dolorit (NYU)
  • 174: John Messinger (NYU)
  • 184: Blaise Benderoth (NYU)
  • 197: Jack La Corte (NYU)
  • HWT: Duncan Payne (UChicago)

Most Outstanding Wrestler: Raymond Jazikoff (NYU)

Rookie of the Year: Grant Morrison (UChicago)

Coaching Staff of the Year: NYU



  • Friday-Saturday, Feb. 24-25 – UChicago at NCAA Midwest Regional (Fort Wayne, Ind.)