ELMHURST, Illinois – Sophomore Drew Matticks did not concede a point over his final two matches in claiming a league title at 165 pounds for the MSOE wrestling team Thursday afternoon at the CCIW Championships.
The Raiders finished with 54.5 points to take sixth place in the seven-team field. They were just four points out of fifth place.
Matticks was one of six Red & White wrestlers to place, posting a dominant performance in his first 165-pound tournament of the season. After wrestling at 174 pounds all season (21-5 record), he dropped down to his freshman year weight class and posted three wins on the day. He opened with a 10-5 victory before a 10-0 major decision shutout booked his place in the championship bout. Once there, he defeated the No. 1 seed 5-0 to claim the league crown.
Sophomore Duncan Heath took third place at 197 pounds while sophomores Helton Vandenbush (174 pounds) and Preston Makoutz (141) posted fourth-place finishes. Senior Ryan Snyder took fifth at 184 pounds and senior Sam Rathburn was sixth at 157 to round out the placing wrestlers.
Heath bounced back from an opening loss to battle through the consolation bracket with a pair of wins. He edged his first opponent 6-5 before winning the third-place bout with a 5-2 decision.
Matticks was not the only wrestler dropping a weight class, as the lineup from the higher weights matched that of the 2018 Raiders. Vandenbush went from 184 to 174 pounds but fell short in his bid to repeat as CCIW Champion. He opened with a 7-5 sudden-victory win before a loss sent his through the consolation bracket. He rebounded with a 13-2 win before coming up on the short end of a sudden victory, 3-1, to take fourth.
Snyder dropped a place from 197 to 184. After a loss in his first match, he posted a 9-2 win. Another loss put him in the fifth-place match where he responded with a pin in 2:04, the team's lone fall of the day.
Makoutz posted one win on the day, punching his ticket to the third-place match with an 8-2 decision.
MSOE now sets its sights on the NCAA Regional Championships Feb. 22-23 but the Raiders will have one more tune-up Feb. 12, taking on Concordia Wisconsin in a rescheduled dual.