Wrestling set to host five-team dual on Saturday
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MEQUON, Wis. – Concordia University Wisconsin returns to the mat on Saturday after nearly a month off from competition with four teams coming to the R. John Buuck Field House and three duals scheduled for the Falcons.
The Falcons are an improved team this season, despite their 1-4 duals record. They have four student-athletes with double-figure victories, including two nationally ranked wrestlers in sophomore Sean Ambrocio (San Antonio, Texas) at 125 pounds and Greg Sanders (San Antonio, Texas) at 149 pounds. Sophomore Casey Kenealy (Hartford, Wis.) has emerged as a consistent competitor at 174 pounds, while transfer Leonard Kuspa (Oak Forest, Ill.) is 11-12 overall at 165 pounds.
Below are the team capsules for all teams competing on Saturday:
CUW TEAM CAPSULE: Concordia University Wisconsin dropped four-consecutive duals at the Florida Gulf Coast Duals on Dec. 16. Greg Sanders (149 lbs.) won his four bouts, while Sean Ambrocio (125 lbs.) and Casey Kenealy (174 lbs.) each won two matches. Sanders leads the team with a 22-2 overall record (5-0 duals), while Ambrocio is 14-6 overall (3-2 duals). Kenealy has performed well in his sophomore campaign, recording 12 victories (3-2 duals). Transfer Leonard Kuspa (165 lbs.) has started every match at his weight class and is 11-12 overall (1-4 duals). CUW has six duals to compete in after today.
LC TEAM CAPSULE: Lakeland College has won two of its three duals this season, including two on Jan. 5 over Wheaton College, 28-11, and UW-Oshkosh, 29-22. Jeremy Kroeger (197 lbs.) and Marcus McCauley (141 lbs.) lead the team with 12 and 10 wins, respectively. Kroeger has won three-straight bouts entering the duals. Matt Weber (157 lbs.) and Wesley Colton (174 lbs.) have combined for 17 victories, with three coming by fall. Eduardo Orihuela (133 lbs.) has earned eight wins this season for the Muskies. Third-year head coach Mike DeRoehn directs a young roster that includes 25 underclassmen.
SJU TEAM CAPSULE: St. John's University brings a 3-4 duals record into the day and has previously defeated UW-Eau Claire, 42-9, on Dec. 1. The Johnnies have wrestled many student-athletes this season, but Mitch Hagen (184 lbs.) stands out with a 4-3 overall record and is ranked fourth nationally. Four wrestlers have won seven matches this season, while four have earned six victories. Head coach Brandon Novak is in his ninth season and last season he mentored five NCAA Division III National Qualifiers and two All-Americans, and the team finished 11th out of 62 competing teams at the NCAA Division III Championships.
UW-EC TEAM CAPSULE: UW-Eau Claire has had a difficult season to date and brings a 1-10 duals record into today's competition. The Blugolds won its most recent dual, 46-0, over Maranatha Baptist Bible College last Saturday. Matt Rieckhoff (197 lbs.) brings a 9-4 overall record and a No. 9 national ranking into the duals. Nathaniel Behnke (141 lbs.) is 12-5 overall and has won six bouts by fall. Luke Ortscheid (197 lbs.) and Zackary Sirny (125 lbs.) are both 7-4 on the season. Steven Fisher (149 lbs.) has also won six bouts this season. Head coach Jon Ames is in his first season and has 12 underclassmen on a roster with 16 wrestlers.
UW-O TEAM CAPSULE: UW-Oshkosh has won two of its last matches (26-19 over MSOE and 48-0 over Maranatha Baptist Bible College) to improve the program's duals record to 2-4. Nazar Kulchtskyy (165 lbs.) is the second ranked wrestler in his weight class and has a 15-1 overall record, which includes 10 wins by fall. Tom Dahlke (184 lbs.), Jay Howarth (184 lbs.) and David Rosenau (133 lbs.) have each earned eight victories this season to bolster the Titans lineup. Head coach Chris Stratton directed UW-O to its best season in program history last year, with four National Qualifiers and a National Champion (Kulchytskyy).
|MAT 1||MAT 2|
|9:30 a.m.||CUW vs. UW-EC||SJU vs. UW-O|
|11:30 a.m.||CUW vs. UW-O||SJU vs. LC|
|1:30 p.m.||CUW vs. SJU||LC vs. UW-EC|
|3:30 p.m.||SJU vs. UW-EC|
|Mat 3 extra matches|
(LC) Lakeland College
(SJU) St. John's University
(UW-EC) UW-Eau Claire