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Spartans drop first dual meet against Baldwin-Wallace

Ben Yavitt

Issue date: 11/19/10 Section: Sports
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Isaac Dukes prepares to flip an opponent. Dukes won his match against Baldwin-Wallace's Daniel Huffman with a technical fall 21-2. Dukes also earned UAA Player of the Week honors.
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Isaac Dukes prepares to flip an opponent. Dukes won his match against Baldwin-Wallace's Daniel Huffman with a technical fall 21-2. Dukes also earned UAA Player of the Week honors.
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The Case Western Reserve University wrestling team opened up dual meet action last weekend by hosting the Yellow Jackets of Baldwin Wallace College. The Spartans lost 31-15 in one of only two home matches all season. Regardless of the score, head coach Bob Del Rosa was impressed with the performances and excited for the season.

CWRU came into Saturday's match ready to go. The previous weekend the Spartans competed at the Messiah College Invitational, whichincluded some impressive individual performances, such as a win in the 149-pound weight class by junior Issac Dukes, and a team finish of sixth out of nine teams. The invite showcased some impressive competition, including Saturday's opponent Baldwin-Wallace.

The cross-town rival Yellow Jackets made the quick trip over to Horsburgh Gymnasium Saturday afternoon. Baldwin-Wallace and CWRU have a rich wrestling history and typically face each other early in the season, either in a dual or quad meet. Baldwin-Wallace won last year's dual meet 34-13 when they hosted the Spartans.They perennially bring a good squad of wrestlers and always provide a good challenge for the Spartans.

CWRU had two winners that day. Dukes won by technical fall over Baldwin-Wallace's Daniel Huffman 21-2, scoring key points for the team score. This was Duke's third technical fall so far this season. Dukes, the defending NCAA Division III national champion, performed exceptionally well in the beginning of his already-dominating season. The win Saturday kept Dukes undefeated on the season with a 5-0 record.

Sophomore Evan McDowell also got an individual victory on the day, defeating Tim Hamm 10-2 in the 157-pound weight class. McDowell overpowered Hamm, wrestling on top for the majority of the match. McDowell improved his individual record to 3-1 on the season with the convincing victory. After a decent outing last season as a freshman, McDowell is beginning to blossom into strong form.
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