NAPERVILLE, Illinois – Sophomore Drew Matticks took first at 184 pounds and sophomore Helton Vandenbush added a fifth-place finish at 184 pounds to lead the MSOE wrestling team in action at the North Central Invitational Saturday.
The Raiders finished 10th in the 14-team field, scoring 50 points. They finished just 1.5 points back of Wabash and was within 9.5 points of Chicago in seventh place.
Matticks racked up three falls in his wake on the way to the first-place match before grinding out a one-point win. His matches got progressively shorter as he opened with a win in 5:25 before pinning his next opponent in 5:00. He then punched his ticket for the title bout with a fall in 3:30. Once there, he scored a 3-2 win.
After winning 22 matches as a freshman at 165 pounds last season, Matticks has picked up where he left off with an 8-1 record through two tournaments while moving up a weight class.
Vandenbush has also found success up a class, posting a 4-1 record at NCC. He won his first match 9-6 before suffering a defeat by fall to head to the consolation bracket. He bounced back with an 18-9 major decision win followed by a 6-4 victory. He then claimed fifth place by default.
Junior Jack Rathburn posted three wins in the 157-pound bracket with three pins and sophomore Duncan Heath won twice at 197 pounds. Rathburn picked up a quick fall in 1:20 in his first bout before falling into the consolation bracket. He then scored pins in 5:00 and 4:22 to get on track before suffering one final defeat.
Heath opened with back-to-back wins, including a fall in just 1:37 in his opening match. Unfortunately, he suffered back-to-back losses to end his day.
Seniors Sam Rathburn at 165 pounds and Ryan Snyder at 197 also scored wins at the tournament. Both secured falls in their opening match with the elder Rathburn taking down his opponent in 4:57. Snyder's match lasted 5:28 but his opponent found the same fate.
MSOE returns to action next Saturday at the Jim Fox Duals, hosted by the University of Dubuque.