Wrestling drops regular season finale


Redshirt freshman Max Ihry battles his opponent in the Huskies’ 9-24 loss Saturday to Kent State. 

By Rick Green

The wrestling team only won three of 10 matches, as it struggled to get going against Mid-American Conference rival, Kent State Golden Flashes.

“We were okay in some parts, but we just have to find a way to eventually get at least one more point than the other man,” said Head Coach Ryan Ludwig. “Sometimes that comes down to shear will and winning the little battles that aren’t so obvious to everyone, like battles on the edge of the mat and battles when the whistle starts. We just have to make a little bit of an adjustment in terms of intensity heading into the MAC Tournament.”

Redshirt sophomore Caden McWhirter won the first match of the day for the Huskies. McWhirter improved his record to 7-9, as he defeated Casey Sparkman of the Golden Flashes by decision 7-2.

“I feel good — I feel like I made the necessary adjustments to be where I need to be,” McWhirter said.

Redshirt junior Bryce Gorman went up against Shane Mast of Kent State. Gorman took the win over Mast by decision 4-3. Gorman wrestles at the 184-pound weight class, and his season record stands at 9-7.

“It feels good to get a win today; it took me a while to get going in the first two periods,” Gorman said. “From the start of our dual season to the end of it, we made mass improvement.”

Sophomore Anthony Rubino wrestled at 141-pounds but was defeated after just 20 seconds on the mat. Tim Rooney of Kent State dropped Rubino’s record to 1-19.

Freshman Nolan Baker is coming off his first collegiate win but fell to Driscoll by decision 7-1.

Wrestling at 165-pounds, Issac Bast faced redshirt junior Andrew Scott. The match went into overtime at 3-3, but a loss dropped Scott’s record to 6-15 on the season.

Dylan Barreiro of the Golden Flashes defeated redshirt junior Quinton Rosser by decision 6-5. Rosser record fell to 11-14 on the season.

“We will work intensely on details and situational awareness,” Ludwig said. “Other than that, our training phase will bring us into the MAC Championships at our best.”

The Huskies finished the regular season 3-10 and will look ahead to the MAC Championships March 3 in Mount Pleasant, Michigan.