ELMHURST, Illinois - The MSOE wrestling had three athletes place and 10 win matches on the way to a fifth-place showing at the Elmhurst Invitational Saturday afternoon at Elmhurst College.
The Raiders finished with 64 team points to finish 6.5 points ahead of sixth place in the 12-team standings.
Sophomore Drew Matticks was the top finisher, winning each of his first four matches on the way to a second-place finish in the 174-pound bracket. As the No. 2 seed, he opened with a 15-0 technical fall before pinning his next opponent in 1:37. After an 8-2 win, he advanced to the championship bout with another fall, this time in 1:48. He then fell to the top seed, 13-5.
At 184 pounds, sophomore Helton Vandenbush also posted four wins, working his way to a victory in the third-place match. After a fall in 2:34, he scored a 9-3 victory before a loss sent his through the consolation bracket. He responded with a 10-1 major decision and clinched third, 5-1.
The most entertaining bracket for MSOE had to be at 197 pounds where seniors Ryan Snyder and Miro Stojanovic and sophomore Duncan Heath squared off with a pair of intrasquad matches. Heath was the top finisher of the group, defeating Snyder in the third-place match, 9-5. Heath bounced back from an opening loss to run through the consolation bracket. His first win was a fall in just 0:39 before a medical forfeit. He then edged Stojanovic, 3-2, before a 6-4 win set up a showdown with Snyder. Snyder had a dominating run of his own, which included three falls. His first came at 5:00 before he took a loss in his second bout. He then put together back-to-back pins in 1:29 and 2:00 to continue on. A 5-4 win propelled him to the third-place match, where he settled for fourth.
Stojanovic secured a fall in just 1:44 in his opener before losing his next match. He rebounded well with a 17-6 win in his next match before coming up short against Heath.
Senior Sam Rathburn (165), juniors Jack Rathburn (157), Jimmy Cushman (149), sophomore Preston Makoutz (141), and freshman Gianni Rago (133) each posted wins, as well, with Sam Rathburn and Rago earning falls.
The Raiders return to the mat Thursday, hosting UW-Oshkosh in a dual.