The University of Indianapolis wrestling team returned to campus on Saturday, Feb. 1, to host the Greyhound Open at the Athletics and Recreation Center.
The lone Greyhound who placed on Saturday was freshman Barry McGinley at 157 lbs, who placed sixth. McGinley finished at 3-3 on the day, and eventually fell in the fifth place match by fall over.
During the previous weekend, on Jan. 25, the Greyhounds went 4-1 at the Super Region 2 Duals in Newberry, S.C., despite being plagued with injuries.
Assistant Wrestling Coach Bob Brubeck said he was happy with the outcome.
“We gave up two weight classes through most of the duals, and in wrestling that’s big because that’s 12 points right off the bat that we are giving away,” he said. “To come out there and win four out of five duals was not better than expected, but we did pretty well. A couple of the guys who don’t normally get the opportunity to be in the varsity lineup stepped up and did a really good job for us. We were really pleased with how the weekend went.”
In the first competition of the day, the Hounds faced the Crusaders of Belmont Abbey College and posted a 40-15 victory after winning seven of 10 individual matches. Following their first victory, the Greyhound grapplers took a 46-3 loss against then No. 2 nationally ranked Newberry College. Senior Jeff Weiss, the only regular starter who wrestled in the match, posted the only victory for UIndy at 165 lbs.
The Hounds rebounded, however, with a decisive 32-12 victory over the Coker College Cobras. Following that victory, the Saints of Limestone College gave UIndy its closest match of the day, but the Hounds prevailed with a 25-20 final score. Senior Evan Wooding landed a pin in the last match, pushing UIndy ahead for the win. The Hounds wrapped up the day on a high note, defeating the Anderson University Trojans 37-15.
Weiss said he was “pretty satisfied” with his performance for the day.
“I went 4-0 on there [during the Duals]. I stayed pretty solid in all of my matches; one of them was close,” Weiss said. “The one with Newberry was 9-7, but even when I do well, I still pick apart my matches looking for where I could’ve improved in each one.”
The Greyhound Wrestlers will be back in action on Feb. 5 at Maryville University to take on the Saints, with a start time of 7 p.m.