November 16, 2017
The Wheaton Wrestling team fell to Elmhurst College in their first CCIW matchup of the season on Friday, Nov. 10, and the Thunder got fourth place at the Trine Invitational on Saturday, Nov. 11.
Elmhurst topped Wheaton in the first six matches of the night, winning weight classes ranging from 125-pounds to 165-pounds. Then, senior Caleb O’Dell won by fall at 4:32 of his 174-pounds weight class match. Immediately after that victory, Caleb’s brother sophomore Isaac O’Dell won by fall at 3:33 of his 184-pounds weight class competition.
Elmhurst would go on to win the 197-pounds weight class, but Thunder sophomore Max Gierke won the 285-pounds weight class by major decision.
Elmhurst won the dual match by totaling 31 points from their victories, while Wheaton accumulated 16 points.
After losing to Elmhurst, the Thunder wrestlers travelled to Angola, Ind. for Trine University’s Invitational that consisted of 11 teams.
Senior Carlos Fuentez was able to continue his tournament success and beat five people in order to win the 125-pounds weight class competition.
Isaac O’Dell was also able to carry the strong momentum from his victory on Friday to a stellar performance at the Trine Invite. O’Dell won the 184-pounds weight class by a pin, 15-0 tech fall, pin and a pin in the final match. Gierke placed second in the 285-pounds weight class after losing his final match 2-1.
The Wheaton wrestlers return to action on Saturday, Nov. 18 in Mequon, Wis. for the Concordia University (Wis.) Open.