Waynesburg, Pa.– The Alma College wrestling team came in first place at the Waynesburg University Invitational Saturday (Jan. 5) to win their first tournament since 2015. Juniors Brendan Ladd (Ortonville, Mich. / Brandon) and Zachary Cooper (Chippewa Hills, Mich. / Whitehall) won the 141 lb and 149 lb weight class respectively.
- The 141 lb class was dominated by Alma as both Ladd and sophomore Mason Priest (Grandville, Mich. / Grandville) made it all the way to the final. Ladd worked his way through the day with four wins before reaching the first-place match while Priest won three times. Priest forfeited the match to give the Ladd the victory as the Scots took 39.5 points between the two.
- After being out for the past three competitions for Alma, Cooper made the most of his return by running the table with three wins including one by fall in the first minute of the final.
- Freshman Jayce Kuehnlein (St. Louis, Mich. / St. Louis) put up a good performance in his class by winning four times to take home third place.
- Sophomore Austin Popp (Clinton, Mich. / Clinton) had the tough task of having to work his way through the consolation bracket after losing his first bout of the day but he won three straight and earned a spot in the fifth-place match where he won by a decision of 5-2.
- Nine Scots finished the invitational with multiple victories. Sophomore Austin Wieczorek (Kentwood, Mich. / East Kentwood) and freshman Dylan Seaton (Port Huron, Mich. / Port Huron Northern) each had four victories. Freshman Lucas Brewer (Belleville, Mich. / Huron) had three bout wins while sophomore Chase Beecher (Clio, Mich / Clio) had two.
- Washington & Jefferson College ended up with the same amount of the team points as the Scots (110) but Alma had two weight class winners while W&J only had one.
- In his first year as a Scot, Cooper still holds a perfect record on the season at 12-0.
- Since losing his first bout at the Trine Invitational back in November, Ladd has won 17 in a row.
- The last time the Scots finished first at a tournament was November 14, 2015 at the Trine Invitational.
What He Said
"It was definitely a team effort for us to tie for the first in the tournament, so it was a good day overall for us." – Head Coach Jeremiah Tobias
The Scots now prepare for their first home meet of the season when Adrian College comes to Art Smith Arena on Thursday (Jan. 10). The dual is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.