ROCK ISLAND, Ill. – The No. 23 University of Chicago wrestling squad wrapped up its final dual match before the University Athletic Association Championships with a clutch 27-21 victory at Augustana College Friday.
The Maroons (8-3) found themselves down 18-0 before pulling off the comeback, as Chaise Hauck, Jason Crary, Kahlan Lee-Lermer, Nick Ferraro, John Jayne and Will Hare teamed up to win five of the final six matches.
Ferraro earned a pin over the Vikings' (1-11) Josh Bush at the 6:07 mark in his 174-pound match as did Jayne – with 2:59 on the clock – in his 197-pound match against Trystan Schoonover.
One of best matches didn't end up in the Maroons' favor, but first-year Dominick Reo put up a battle against his nationally-ranked opponent, eventually falling 7-6 to Augustanta's Christos Giatras at 184 pounds.
"We walked into Carver Arena with four freshmen, a sophomore, a junior and a senior, and fell behind 18-0 before first (actual) match)," Head Coach Leo Kocher said. "Clearly Auggie is a little down this year, but they put 10 on the mat. I guess the lesson is never give up. Our best match might have been our only loss – Dom had a nationally-ranked opponent on the ropes the entire match until the last 30 seconds."
The Maroons lost by forfeit in the first three matches of the evening.
UChicago 27, Augustana 21
125: Travis Pulse (AUG) wins by forfeit
133: Brendan Gould (AUG) wins by forfeit
141: Dale Charlier (AUG) wins by forfeit
149: Chaise Hauck (UC) def. Matt Sears (AUG), 7-2 decision
157: Jason Crary (UC) def. Neil O'Shaughnessy (AUG), 19-0 technical fall (5:28)
165: Kahlan Lee-Lermer (UC) def. Jacob Poole (AUG), 12-1 major decision
174: Nick Ferraro (UC) def. Josh Bush (AUG), Fall (6:07)
184: Christos Giatras (AUG) def. Dominick Reo (UC), 7-6 decision
197: John Jayne (UC) def. Trystyn Schoonover (AUG), Fall (2:59)
285: Will Hare (UC) def. Mike Devitt (AUG), 2-0 decision
- Saturday, Feb. 2: UAA Wrestling Championships at UChicago, 11 a.m. CT