UChicago wrestlers face-off against top competition at Gator Duals

Preston Werth and Gabe Martinez
Preston Werth and Gabe Martinez

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The University of Chicago wrestling team went 0-3 against top-tier competition at the Luther College Gator Duals on Saturday.

UChicago started the day with a 30-6 loss to Loras College. Senior Sam Pennisi picked up an 11-4 decision victory at 184 pounds and junior Mario Palmisano edged out his opponent 6-5 at 197 pounds.

In the next dual match, No. 9-ranked Concordia University Morehead shut out the Maroons 40-0. UChicago ended the day with a 32-9 loss to Waynesburg University. Sophomore Gabe Martinez won his 125-pound match 4-2, freshman Charlie Banaszak earned a 6-0 victory at 141 pounds and senior Preston Werth tallied a 6-4 decision win at 197 pounds.

"Our lineup here was far from optimal due primarily to injury and illness among team members," said Head Coach Leo Kocher. "But the experience of wrestling against this nationally-competitive field provided the opportunity for some great efforts from our athletes. I thought our guys kept their focus and delivered some great matches against nationally-ranked opponents. The Chicago wrestlers who were able to compete made real progress down here."

Loras 30, UChicago 6

125: Ronald Triche (Loras) def. Justin Klein (UC), 5-2 decision
133: Rudolph Johnson (Loras) def. Adam Wyeth (UC), 11-5 decision
141: Nick Steger (Loras) def. Charlie Banaszak (UC), 3-0 decision
149: Joseph Wood (Loras) def. Henry Powell (UC), 7-2 decision
157: Steven DeWitt (Loras) def. Jacob Smith (UC), 20-5 technical fall
165: William Wood (Loras) def. Brennan King (UC), 9-0 major decision
174: Joe Butler (Loras) def. Paul Papoutsis (UC), 8-3 decision
184: Sam Pennisi (UC) def. Mathias Palmersheim (Loras), 11-4 decision
197: Mario Palmisano (UC) def. Malcolm Watson (Loras), 6-5 decision
285: James Buss (Loras) via forfeit

Concordia-Morehead 40, UChicago 0

125: Gabe Foltz (C-M) def. Gabe Martinez (UC), 5-3 decision
133: Jacoby Bergeron (C-M) def. Adam Wyeth (Chicago), 13-3 major decision
141: Shane Undem (C-M) def. Charlie Banaszak (UC), 2-1 decision
149: Jacob Long (C-M) def. Henry Powell (UC), 9-7 decision
157: Kyle LeDuc (C-M) def. Mike Matlaga (UC), injury
165: Jake Krogstad (C-M) def. Paul Papoutsis (UC), 12-11 decision
174: Sebastian Gardner (C-M) via forfeit
184: Christian Harrison (C-M) def. Sam Pennisi (UC), 10-4 decision
197: Delson Saintal (C-M) def. Mario Palmisano (UC), 9-5 decision
285: Cody Kasprick (C-M) via forfeit

Waynesburg 32, UChicago 9

125: Gabe Martinez (UC) def. Gordan Bieber (Waynesburg), 4-2 decision
133: Filippo Crivelli (Waynesburg) def. Adam Wyeth (UC), 5-3 decision
141: Charlie Banaszak (UC) def. Jeff Swaney (Waynesburg), 6-0 decision
149: Luke Lohr (Waynesburg) def. Jacob Smith (UC) via fall (6:58)
157: Chris Milligan (Waynesburg) def. Mike McNulty (UC), 5-3 decision (SV1)
165: Sam Lombardo (Waynesburg) def. Paul Papoutsis (Chicago), 9-8 decision
174: Anthony Bonaventura (Waynesburg) def. Brennan King (UC), 21-6 technical fall
184: Cameron Fine (Waynesburg) def. Sam Pennisi (UC) via fall (4:13)
197: Preston Werth (UC) def. Daniel Mahon (Waynesburg), 6-4 decision
285: Greg Kumer (Waynesburg) via forfeit


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