Beltre earns WC’s first top 5 in 2019

By Andy Riesenberg - WC Sports Information Dept.

ANGOLA, Ind. — Chris Beltre earned the Wilmington College wrestling team its first placer of the 2019-20 season at the Trine Invitational Saturday.

Chris Beltre, competing in the 149-pound weight class, started off with three wins — Ben Black of Wheaton College 21-5, Eathan Huffman of Mount St. Joseph University by fall 2:42 and Jonathan Fritz of Olivet College by fall 4:42.

Beltre suffered his first loss in the semifinal round, losing by technical decision 16-0. In the consolation bracket, Beltre was pinned by Ethan Harsted of Wheaton in 2:06 before winning the fifth-place match over Nate Wheller of Indiana Tech by no contest.

“We had a tough week as a team this week, but the guys responded today with a good day of wrestling,” WC head coach Justin Kihn said. “The support they showed for each other will help us to grow together. Congratulations to Chris Beltre on a great day.”

In other highlights, Clayton Schirmer, competing in the 157-pound weight class, won by major decision over Eric Fomekong of Mount St. Joseph (11-2) in the second round. Jaymon Flaugher, in the 165-pound class, also won by fall over teammate Patrick Kelley (1:52). In the third round, however, Flaugher lost to Mack Groah of Baldwin Wallace by fall (1:26). Seth Jermer, also earned a win by decision in the 285-pound class over Desmond Harrell of Mount St. Joseph (4-0) in round two.

Wilmington had several other individuals competing in various weight classes that didn’t claim a match win – Zack Gutknecht (125-pound), Adrian Salamone (141-pound), and Patrick Kelley (165-pound).

The Quakers return to action at home Tuesday against Otterbein University.

By Andy Riesenberg

WC Sports Information Dept.