UW-Parkside leading Pete Wilson
Thirty-one teams taking part in nation's oldest DIII tournament
WHEATON, Ill. -- The Thunder wrestling program is hosting the Pete Willson-Wheaton Invitational this weekend, featuring 31 teams in the oldest and largest small-college wrestling tournament in the nation. Wisconsin-Parkside leads after the first day of action with 79 points. The Rangers have four wrestlers competing in the championship bracket on Saturday.
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Mount Union is second with 67.5 points, Wisconsin-Whitewater is third with 67 points, Olivet College has scored 66 points in fourth place and Indianapolis rounds out the top-five with 65 points. Indianapolis has the most competitors remaining in the championship bracket, with five.
The host Wheaton College Thunder scored 17 points on Friday, in 25th place. Two Thunder wrestlers will be competing in the consolation bracket when wrestling resumes on Saturday. Mitch Steed posted a 3-1 record in the 184-pound weight class on Friday and Darren Faber was also 3-1 in the 197-pound weight class.
The unseeded Steed defeated number-eight seed Matt Rieckhoff of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in a 6-1 decision in the opening round of action at 184-pounds. Steed won a 10-2 major decision against Andrew Hiller of North Central in his second match. Top-seeded Greg Rhoads of Wabash defeated Steed 13-7 in the quarterfinals and the Thunder grappler responded by winning a 5-2 decision against Samuel Pennisi from University of Chicago in the consolation round.
Faber opened the tournament as the number-two seed at 197-pounds and won a 7-6 decision in the first round against Justin Leonard of Olivet College. He defeated Mount Union's Chad Teague 12-8 in the second round. Seventh-seeded Adam Latella of Wisconsin-Whitewater defeated Faber 5-3 in the quarterfinals. Faber won a 12-5 decision against Conrad Bovee of Alma in the consolation round.