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Wrestling continues early season surge with strong performance at Trine Invitational

November 20th, 2014

 

The John Carroll University wrestling team, along with 10 other teams, traveled to Angola, Indiana to take part in the Trine Invitaional on Saturday, Nov. 15.

 

Six Blue Streaks fought their way to titles, while four placed in their individual weight classes.

 

Junior Dan Mirman, competing in the 149 pound weight class, scored a tech fall over his first opponent, scored a fall over his second opponent in 2 minutes and 40 seconds, and finally won by decision in his last match, and possibly his toughest match, against Tyler Stenberg from Muskegon Community College.

 

Sophomore Jordan Victor, in the 157 pound weight class, had a spectacular performance winning his first collegiate title. He won his first two matches from pin fall.

 

Then, Victor knocked off Barry McGinley from the University of Indianapolis by decision, 12-6.

 

Senior Terner Gott, in the 165 pound weight class, is off to a strong start in his new weight class after wrestling at the 157 pound level for the past three years.

 

Gott won his first match by major decision, 17-3. Gott went on to win the next three matches, moving him to 9-0 on the season.

 

Junior Tyler Hardtke has found a new home at JCU this year after spending prior college years at Notre Dame College. Hardtke, a member of the 2014 Division II Nation Championship team, won his first match at JCU at 174 pounds.

 

Later, Hardkte won his class in three nail-biting matches winning by a combined four points. He pulled off a close victory in his final match, 6-4.

 

Sophomore Steven Schmitz, at 184 pounds, is getting himself back on track this year after he went 0-3 in the 2013-14 season. The former Maryland high school state champion had a spectacular run at the Trine Invitational, winning his matches with a pin and two major decisions on his way to the title for his weight class.

 

Senior Todd Gaydosh, in the 197 pound weight class, had an impressive run, recording two shutout wins and eventually winning his title match, 4-1.

 

JCU freshman Blake Dixon, sophomores Sal Corrao and Thomas McNulty and junior Danny McNamara also put up great efforts at the Trine Invitational.

 

Corrao went 3-2 at 133 pounds, and Dixon went 3-2 at 149 pounds. McNulty went 4-1 at 157 pounds, with his only loss coming to teammate Victor.

 

The Blue Streaks’ next meet will be a conference matchup in Alliance, Ohio at the University of Mount Union on Saturday, Nov. 22 at 10 a.m.

The duals against Mount Union will be the first of three more contests for the JCU wrestling program before the Blue Streaks take their annual trip to Ft, Lauderdale, Florida to compete in the Florida Citrus multi-day Invitational.