Wheaton, Ill. – The Alma College finished 22nd out of 38 schools at Pete Willson Wheaton Invitational this weekend. The Scots sent one wrestler for each weight class to the two day tournament and junior Zachary Cooper (Chippewa Hills, Mich. / Whitehall) placed third in his weight class.
- The first few rounds of championship and consolation play took place on Friday. Cooper, sophomore Mason Priest (Grandville, Mich. / Grandville) as well as freshmen Jayce Kuehnlein (St. Louis, Mich. / St. Louis), Dylan Seaton (Port Huron, Mich. / Port Huron Northern) and Jacob Ransom (Traverse City, Mich. / Traverse City West) all won their first bouts of the day.
- After winning by pin fall in the opening minute of his first match, Cooper followed it up with another pin in the opening period to move to the quarterfinals. The junior finished off the first day of the invitational with a 10-7 win by decision to reach the semifinals.
- Ransom won another bout later in the day to keep his run in the consolation bracket. A 7-4 decision win pushed him to the round five where his day ended in defeat.
- Cooper was the lone Scot to still be wrestling on Saturday. Heading into the semifinals, the Chippewa Hills native had a 21-0 undefeated season. But that came to end with a loss to a Mount Union wrestler who is ranked nationally just outside the top 10 in the 149 pound weight class. Cooper would bounce back though with another victory by pin to put himself into the third-place match.
- For the third-place match, Cooper went head-to head with a wrestler from Baldwin Wallace who is ranked third nationally in the latest d3wrestle.com poll. After earning two points early, the junior took down his opponent and earned the pin just after the one-minute mark to take third place and improve his record to 23-1 on the year.
The Scots finish their MIAA dual schedule on Thursday (Jan. 31) at 7 p.m. when they pay a visit to Trine University (IN).