NAPERVILLE, Ill. – Casey Kenealy and Jake Reuteler each finished in third place to lead Concordia University Wisconsin's wrestling team at the 50th Annual North Central College Invitational on Saturday afternoon.
Kenealy (junior, Hartford, Wis.) lost his opening bout before winning five-consecutive to earn the third place medal in the 165-pound bracket. Reuteler (junior, New Berlin, Wis.) won back-to-back bouts before losing and then winning two more matches for his third place medal in the 197-pound bracket.
CUW finished the day with 14 victories, including three by fall.
Kenealy was pinned in his opening match by Dylan Jensen (Olivet College) in 3:00 before earning a technical fall victory over Chance Smith (Alma College). He then picked up an exciting 4-3 decision in the second overtime over Rocky Cantu (Olivet College). A 5-2 decision win against Connor Cummings (Augustana College) gave him a third-place showdown with Peter Kootstra (MSOE), which he won by decision, 5-3.
Reuteler pinned his first opponent, Durham Basso (Alma College) in 4:50 prior to winning by decision, 6-2 over Andrew Simpson (Olivet College). Top-seeded Mitchell Steed (Wheaton College) stopped Reuteler in the winners bracket with a 7-3 decision win. In the consolation bracket, Reuteler defeated Hunter Feraco (Augustana College) by decision, 5-3, before winning by decision, 7-2, against Thomas Hall (Olivet College) for the third place medal.
Sophomore Pierce Holtfreter (Las Vegas, Nev.) won a pair of matches in the 157-pound division. He won by fall over Aaron Hoover (Knox College), 4:35. Freshman Mason Mergener (Crivitz, Wis.) defeated Eric Vogel (Knox College) by decision, 4-0. The two Falcons winners eventually faced each other in the consolation bracket with Holtfreter coming out in front by decision, 3-1.
Freshman Mac Braylock (Atlanta, Ga.) picked up a pair of victories in the 174-pound bracket. He won by fall against Ryan Lambert (Knox College), 2:11, prior to defeating Eric Timko (Augustana College) by decision in the first overtime, 9-7.
CUW next wrestles on Friday in a home dual match against Wheaton College at 7 p.m. inside the R. John Buuck Field House.