MILWAUKEE – Three members of the University of Chicago wrestling team were weight-class champions at Saturday's Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE) Invitational.
The Maroons placed fifth out of 11 teams at the meet with 110.5 points. University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh took first place with 128.5 points.
Ben Sarasin's undefeated start to the season continued with a 184-pound title. His opening three matches featured two first-period pins and an 18-1 technical fall. The sophomore's championship final versus Central (Iowa) ended with a 7-5 decision victory. Sarasin pushed his season record to 13-0.
Kyle Peisker garnered his first title of the season. At 174 pounds, the senior started off with a pair of 17-1 technical falls. A 10-5 win in the semifinals set up an eventual 4-3 decision over University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in the final.
The third UChicago titlist of the day was first-year Cole Fibranz at heavyweight. Fibranz pinned the opening two opponents in the first period before receiving a medical forfeit into the championship match. He subsequently won that bout 5-2 against Central (Iowa).
The Maroons also posted a pair of runner-up performances by senior Steve Bonsall (157 pounds) and sophomore Maguire Pecci (165 pounds). Bonsall went 2-1 while Pecci went 3-1 as the wrestlers posted one technical fall each.
Senior Nick Carola made his season debut at 197 pounds. He ended up taking fourth place overall. He produced a 4-2 record on the day with three-straight pins in the consolation rounds.
"Today featured good performances throughout," said Head Coach Leo Kocher. "We entered eight of the 10 weight classes and finished 18 points out of first. We sent five guys to the finals and ended up with three champs – our two runner-ups lost very closely contested matches. Nick Carola looked good for his first time out this season as well. We look forward to getting some good work in over break."
- Saturday, Dec. 14 @ 1:00 PM – Wheaton College at UChicago