While a 12th place finish at the Pete Willson Invitational in Wheaton, Ill. over the weekend might not look great on paper, the John Carroll University wrestling team posted an impressive effort. The Blue Streaks saw their first individual winner at the prestigious 32-team meet in five years, in sophomore Dan Mirman, and battled hard as a team.
The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater ended up with 155 points, which was good enough for first place. Other notable scores included conference rivals University of Mount Union coming in fourth and Heidelberg University taking sixth.
JCU finished ahead of both Ohio Northern University and Baldwin Wallace University.
One of JCU’s best performers was Mirman. At 149 pounds, Mirman dominated at the No. 3 seed, finishing 5-0 and becoming the individual champion of the invitational in a stellar two-day performance. On his way to a 5-0 record, Mirman provided two big upsets, starting with a win over No. 2 Elroy Perkin of Wisconsin-Whitewater.
Mirman continued his hot streak with a dramatic 5-3 overtime win over the top seed from Olivet College, Gage Pederson in the finals.
Both wrestlers were ranked in Division III last week, proving Mirman is among one of the top Division III wrestlers in the country.
Mirman was named the Co-Ohio Athletic Conference Wrestler of the Week honors for his efforts.
Mirman was not the only Blue Streak to post a strong performance. Junior Terner Gott came through once again in the tournament. At 157 pounds, he finished 4-2, good enough to earn himself fourth place.
“Well it doesn’t sit well,” Gott said. “I think it has lit a fire inside of everyone and now it’s time to get back to work.”
Several other JCU wrestlers fought hard this past weekend including freshman 165-pounder Thomas McNulty, who went on a roll through the consolation bracket after being defeated by the No. 2 seed.
Junior 285-pounder Will Porter had his day cut short by injury in the quarterfinals against top-seeded Anthony Edgren of Wisconsin-Whitewater.