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Peisker Takes Runner-Up at 174 Pounds to Lead UChicago Wrestling at Wheaton Invite

Kyle Peisker
Kyle Peisker

WHEATON, Ill. – Junior Kyle Peisker's second-place finish paced University of Chicago wrestling on Saturday as three Maroons reached the podium at the conclusion of the two-day Wheaton College Pete Willson Invitational.

The Pete Willson Invite originated in 1938 and is the nation's oldest and largest small-college wrestling tournament. A total of 39 teams were in attendance, including the No. 18-ranked Maroons. UChicago began the morning session with five wrestlers still competing in the double-elimination bracket format.

As the No. 2 seed, Peisker continued his stellar weekend by beating his 174-pound semifinal opponent by a 5-2 score. He became the first UChicago wrestler to reach a title match at Wheaton since Devan Richter (125 pounds) in 2016. In the final, Peisker lost to the top seed from University of Mount Union by an 11-4 margin.

Two Maroons captured seventh place earlier in the day. At 165 pounds, junior Kahlan Lee-Lermer went 2-1 with a pin, a 9-7 extra-time loss, and then a 6-1 decision over Mount Union. Senior Patrick Mulkerin won 3-2, lost 3-2 and ended with a medical forfeit victory at heavyweight.

Senior John Jayne (184 pounds) and sophomore Jason Crary (157 pounds) dropped their opening matches of the morning via decisions.

NEXT MEET:

  • Friday, Feb. 1 @ 7:00 PM – Augustana College at UChicago