WHEATON, Ill. -- Wisconsin-Whitewater won the Pete Willson Wheaton Invitational in a tough 32-team field for the first time in program history. Two Warhawks won their weight classes, Cedric Gibson and Shane Siefert, while seven others placed in the top eight. UW-Whitewater was fourth last year in the invitational.
Gibson needed to wrestler just twice Saturday to capture the 165 pound title. He opened the second day of competition with a major decision against Wisconsin-La Crosse's Tyler Schneider 11-3. In the championship bout, Gibson recorded a 7-6 decision against Matthew Tuttle of Alma. Gibson was a perfect 5-0 in the invitational and improves to 16-5 this season.
Siefert went 2-0 Saturday to win the 197 pound championship. In his first bout of day two, Siefert posted a 7-2 decision over Jason Russell of Heidelberg. He topped Nick Rajcsak of Mount Union 4-3 in a close title bout. Siefert was 5-0 in the competition and now has 30 wins this season to lead Whitewater.
In the 133 pound weight class, Jimmy Nehls fell to eventual champion Jeremy Border in the first bout of the day. He bounced back to win his next two matches, a decision against Colin McDermitt (Heidelberg) 7-4 and a 4-0 decision against Joseph Her (Wisconsin-Parkside), to finish third in the invitational. Teammate Elroy Perkin followed a similar path at 149 pounds. Perkin dropped in opening bout to Daniel Mirman (John Carroll) 3-1 who went on to win the weight class. Perkin came back with a 6-0 decision against Mount Union's Tyler Jonston. He won the third place bout with a technical fall over Nathan Segal of North Central 17-0 ending the match in 4:25.
Two Warhawks finished fourth in the invitational including Matt Adcock at 141 pounds and Andrew Pettit in the 174 pound weight class. Adcock fell to Justin Holm, ranked third by the NWCA, in the semifinal by a 4-0 decision. He advanced to the third place match with an 11-7 decision over Augustana's Isaiah Schaub but lost the battle for third by a 3-1 decision to Wayne Black of Mount St. Joseph. Pettit worked his way through the wrestleback bracket opening Saturday with a pin in 5:37 over Matt McCrary of Wheaton. He advanced to the third place match by medical forfeit. Pettit finished fourth after falling by 5-2 decision to Ricardo Plummer of Messiah.
Ryan Aprahamian went 0-3 Saturday to finish sixth at 184 pounds after having to submit a medical forfeit in the fifth place bout. Similarly, Anthony Edgren was injured in his first bout of the day at 285 pounds and was forced to medically forfeit his final two matches to finish sixth. Zac Denny rounded out the place finishers for the Warhawks with a seventh place finish at 125 pounds.