Wrestling Places Two at MSOE Invitational

Wrestling Places Two at MSOE Invitational

MILWAUKEE – Freshmen Drew Matticks and Helton Vandenbush each placed to lead the MSOE wrestling team into action as it hosted the 13th Annual MSOE Invitational Saturday at the Kern Center.

The Raiders scored 28 team points and placed ninth out of 12 teams. Central took first place with 131.5 points, eight points ahead of second-place Millikin.

Both Matticks and Vandenbush rebounded from early losses to wrestle their way into their respective third-place matches.

At 165 pounds, Matticks opened with a tough 4-1 loss. Then, in the consolation bracket, he was pitted against freshman teammate Alex Moran and emerged victorious, 12-5. Matticks followed that up with a win by fall in 3:36 to advance to the third-place bout. Once there, he clinched third-place with a tight, 4-2 decision.

Vandenbush wrestled at 174 pounds and rebounded from an opening loss to post three-straight decision victories to advance through the consolation bracket. He opened action in the wrestle-back bracket with a 7-2 win, followed by a 8-4 victory. He slipped into the third-place match with a 4-3 win before falling 10-5.

Freshman Preston Makoutz won a pair of matches at the event, with junior Sam Rathburn, sophomore Jack Rathburn, Moran, and junior Ryan Snyder each posting victories.

Makoutz opened with a decisive 13-2 major victory at 133 pounds. He rebounded from a tech fall loss for a 2-0 win in his consolation opener. Sam Rathburn started his day at 149 pounds with a win by fall in 3:00 and Jack Rathburn won his first 157-pound consolation match, 7-2. Moran advanced to his all-MSOE matchup with a 17-2 tech fall in the consolation bracket and Snyder also picked up a tech fall win (17-2) to open consolation action at 174 pounds.

The Raiders are back in action at the North Central Invitational next Saturday.