Crimson Wave Athletics
Calumet College of St. Joseph
2400 New York Ave. Whiting, IN 46394
The first dual saw the team square up with Mount St. Joseph and emerge victorious with a 35-24 team score. Unfortunately, that would be the team’s lone victory of the day as they followed up with three straight losses to Ohio Northern (45-6), Wabash (33-21), and Southern Maine (33-12).
In addition to Johnson, a few other strong performances for the Crimson Wave were turned in by Scott Pitrowski (3-1), Louis Escobedo-Rivera (3-1), and Tyler McCoy (2-1).
"I'm starting to see more confidence and consistency from the group," said Head Coach Ryan Rivera. "With the postseason around the corner, today was good progress to reaching the goals we have set for ourselves," added Rivera.
Next up for CCSJ is a triple dual at Indiana Tech Fort Wayne on January 30th.
4th Ranked Senior Eric Johnson, Highland IN, was the only Crimson Wave wrestler to go undefeated at 4-0. Johnson's marquee matchup came against 9th ranked Nate Knauf, Campbellsville, in which he notched a 5-3 win by decision. In his other bouts, Eric picked up a pin, a tech fall, and another decision.
Junior Ramiro Rojas also had a nice day going 2-1 at 149lbs. He had an impressive showing against 5th ranked Kyle Terry, Campbellsville, in a 4-2 loss by decision. With the match tied late, Ramiro got in on a shot and lifted Terry into the air but lost the takedown. As he returned his opponent to the mat, Ramiro gave up the deciding takedown in the ensuing scramble. In his other two bouts at 149lbs, Rojas secured wins by tech fall and a major decision.
"We need to start winning close matches more consistently before we can take the next step as team," said Head Coach Ryan Rivera. "Right now it's not about the wins and losses, our focus is on improving week to week," added Rivera.
The wrestling team has the upcoming week off of competition before they return to the mats at the Little States Invite at Manchester College on December 6th.
In addition to Johnson, the Crimson Wave wrestling team also received 13 votes in the Wrestling Coaches Top 20 Poll for teams. That total has them just miss making the cut and tied for the 24th place.
"We've been working hard and hopefully this recognition will motivate everyone to keep improving and perform well going forward,” said Head Coach Ryan Rivera.
The men will be back on the mats Saturday, November 22nd as they travel to Campbellsville University for the Campbellsville Duals.