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Sarasin Captures 184-Pound Title at Super 8 To Lead Maroon Wrestlers

Ben Sarasin
Ben Sarasin

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. – University of Chicago's Ben Sarasin opened his sophomore season on a high note, winning the 184-poound bracket of the Wisconsin-Platteville Super 8 Tournament to lead the Maroons' wrestling team in its opener Saturday.

Sarasin, one of two Maroon returning All-Americans, won all four of his matches – two by major decision, one by sudden victory, and in the title match, a 9-5 decision over Loras' Shane Liegel.

UChicago teammates Will Britain (165) and Grant Morrison (149) added runner-up finishes for the Maroons, while Steve Bonsall (157) took third in a solid all-around effort.

"This is the kind of competitive experience we were looking for this early in the seaon," Head Coach Leo Kocher said. "It was a small tournament, but the progams that were present were very competitive.

"We had some good wins and some tough losses. It's good feedback for our wrestlers about where they are in their development. Grant Morrison wrestled very well considering he has not competed for 17 months. We are looking forward to getting a half a dozen guys back in the lineup that were not able to wrestle today."

Morrison recorded two pins on the day – in his first two matches – and Britain was just one point away from a title, falling in a close match in his final contest, 4-3.

Also placing for UChicago were Kyle Peisker (fourth, 174), Cole Fibranz (fourth, 285), Jason Crary (fifth, 165), Dominick Reo (6th, 197), and Alec Gleason (6th, 149).  

 

NEXT MATCH:

  • Thursday, Nov. 14: UChicago at Elmhurst, 7 p.m. CT