Wrestling Places Three at Two Weekend Tourneys

Wrestling Places Three at Two Weekend Tourneys

WHEATON, Illinois – Three wrestlers placed for the MSOE wrestling team as it competed at the Pete Willson Invitational and Harper College Open Friday and Saturday in Illinois.

The Raiders finished 29th out of 38 teams at the Willson Invite with 22.5 points.

Senior Sam Rathburn was the team's top finisher, taking fourth at Harper at 165 pounds. He wrestled at both meets, going 0-2 on Friday before opening with a pair of wins Saturday. At the second meet, he got off to a strong start with a fall in 2:01. He then edged his next opponent 10-9 to continue to advance. He suffered a defeat sending him to the third-place bout before he fell 14-8.

Sophomore Drew Matticks and senior Miro Stojanovic each placed sixth at their respective tournaments.

At the Willson, Matticks posted a 4-3 record at 174 pounds. He scored back-to-back wins to start his day Friday. First, he won 11-7, then he scored a 10-1 major decision to remain unbeaten at the end of Friday. He opened with a defeat before bouncing back with a pin in 2:15 to get back on track in the consolation bracket. A 10-2 major decision followed before another loss sent him to the fifth-place match. Once there, he was edged by two points, 8-6, to settle for sixth.

Meanwhile, Stojanovic wrestled at 197 pounds at Harper and opened with an 8-4 win. He dropped his next bout but came back with a decisive 17-5 major decision win. A 13-8 win punched his ticket to the fifth-place match, where suffered a second defeat.

Junior Jack Rathburn scored four victories in the 157-pound bracket at Wheaton but was shut out of a place. He had a 4-3 win and a quick 1:00 minute fall in the championship bracket before putting together back-to-back wins of 5-2 and 7-3 in the consolation competition before ending his day.

Senior Ryan Snyder and sophomore Helton Vandenbush posted two wins each while sophomores Preston Makoutz and Jack Horihan also posted wins on the weekend. Snyder had wins of 20-5 by technical fall and 5-1 in the 197-pound competition at Harper while Vandenbush wrestled at the Willson and had wins of 9-7 and 13-10.

Makoutz opened up in the 141-pound bracket at Harper with a fall in 2:57 and Horihan shut out his first 197-pound opponent at the same tournament, 3-0.

The Raiders return to the mats Thursday at Concordia Wisconsin in a dual meet with their league foe.