A Page -- Jan. 16, 2011

Mount Union Head Wrestling Coach Mark Hawald






The following is an open letter Mark Hawald, the 28-year old head wrestling coach at Mount Union. Hawald was a Student/Athlete at Solon High and John Carroll before becoming a teacher, mentor and coach of college S/As at Mount.

A lot of people are wondering what happened, but it is an experience that has impacted his team and there is a lot to be learned from it.

Jan. 16, 2011

By Mark Hawald

Special to Student/Athlete-Cleveland

The experience the Mount Union Wrestling Family went through Tuesday night was something I hope no other coach ever has deal with.  On the way home from a dual meet, our team’s bus was involved in an accident which took the life of our trainer and friend, Dan Gorman.  My assistant coach suffered a broken wrist, and thankfully there were no other injuries.


This has been a difficult and confusing time for both my team and me.   Dan was more than a trainer to us.  He was like our fifth coach.  He attended all of our practices and home meets, and some of our away meets.  Dan was a mentor to me and my wrestlers and always had advice on how to be a better person, so I want to use this experience as Dan would, as a way to help others grow and improve their own lives.  I hope I can pass on what I have learned to others and that they will not have to experience anything like this to learn such valuable lessons.


I have learned to better appreciate the people who deserve my appreciation.  I thought Dan was an amazing trainer.  I often referred to him as “the smartest person I know.”  His mat side diagnosis was usually the same as the one given by a specialist weeks later after looking an X-Ray or MRI.  Beyond his profession, Dan provided incredible life lessons and insight to anyone who was willing to listen.  He made my job as a coach easier because I knew that my wrestlers would become better people after spending just a few minutes with him.  I appreciated Dan for everything he did for this team, but I don’t know how clear I made that to him.  As my wrestlers discussed winning a conference title to honor Dan, I interrupted and said the best way to honor Dan is to model ourselves after him and become better people.  We need to better appreciate the people who deserve our appreciation, let them know how much they mean to us, say thank you for the impact they have made on our lives, and try to be the Dan Gorman is someone else’s life.

The late Dan Gorman


I have learned that the rewards of wrestling do not always show on the mat.  Tuesday was the worst moment in my coaching career, but also my proudest.  I often leave practice frustrated.  If my guys don’t work as hard as they should or can’t figure something out I ask myself what am I doing wrong as a coach or what is wrong with my guys that they are not doing exactly what they should.  I learned Tuesday night that I have succeeded as a coach and that my wrestlers are exactly the men that I want them to be.  When faced with a crisis, these young men were true champions.  The lessons they have learned from this sport were apparent on Tuesday night.  We had a goal to save our dear friend.  They worked together and did everything they could.  Everyone played an important role.  Those with “medical” experience immediately put their attention on Dan, some ventured out into the cold to set up flares, waive down vehicles, and assess the situation of the bus, some comforted the girls (our managers) who were shook up from the accident, and the rest gathered close to stay warm and started praying.  I hope other coaches too will learn that although our guy does not always get his hand raised, we are playing a crucial role in developing real-world champions.


I have learned is that the brotherhood known as wrestling is the one of the strongest, most dependable, and most honorable groups of individuals on this planet.  The support that this team has received has been unbelievable.  I have received support from across the state and across the country.  From high schools and colleges.  From all divisions.  Our biggest competitors have become our biggest supporters.  I lost count early yesterday of how many programs have extended their support.  I have seen the worst situation bring out the absolute best in people.  We decided to still hold our tournament we had scheduled for Sunday at the request of Dan’s wife.  She said that carrying on our lives and acting no different is what Dan would have wanted.  I have had multiple coaches tell me that they would be willing to run the tournament or provide other help.  Words cannot express what this support means to the team and to me.  Wrestlers who quit my team for whatever reason, were waiting for us when we returned to campus to offer their support.  I hope that people reading this will not wait for the worst situation to bring out their best.


I hope this message can be valuable to anyone who has suffered any type of loss and that in sharing this message, others can grow from this as the members of my team have and continue to.


Lastly, here are a few specific messages to different groups involved in our sport…




Your children are in the hands of the finest men on the planet.  Every coach I know in this sport is a great man and will do anything for your son.  Wrestling coaches will try to make a better wrestler, but will definitely make a better man.




Cherish every moment you have in this sport.  You have chosen to surround yourself among the greatest peers in your teammates and the greatest role models in your coaches.  Practice is tough.  Cutting weight is tough.  Losing is tough.  But so is life.  What you learn in this sport will be the most valuable lessons you will learn in life.




As we waited for the emergency crew to arrive, I was holding blankets over Dan and rubbing his arms trying to keep him warm.  While our student trainer was trying to get him back, I started talking to Dan.  I was saying “Stay tough” and “You can do this” and “Dig Deep” and other things like that.  I caught myself and realized that these were the same things I say to my wrestlers when times get tough in a match or at practice.  I was looking forward to having a good laugh about it with Dan and my team when he would make his return.  I will not have the opportunity to have this reunion, but this did make me realize that in a crisis situation, I fell back on the wrestling coach that I am.  This situation has taught me that our value to these young men is greater than I could have ever imagined.  Don’t forget who you are and the impact you have on so many people’s lives.

Spartan Men Knock Off Second 

Straight Top 25 Opponent in 66-63 

Win versus #13 Brandeis Judges

By Nick Minerd

CLEVELAND (U District) – The Case Western Reserve University men’s basketball team defeated its second straight top-25 opponent with a 66-63 victory versus 13th-ranked Brandeis University (MA) today, January 16, in Horsburgh Gymnasium.

With its fifth win in six contests, Case Western Reserve improves to 7-7 overall and a perfect 3-0 in the University Athletic Association. Brandeis loses its second straight and drops to 11-2 and 1-2 UAA.

Junior forward Tom Summers (Murrysville, PA/Franklin Regional) scored 10 of the Spartans’ first 12 points en route to a 14-point, six-rebound effort. In addition, sophomore forward Austin Fowler (Farmington Hills, MI/Brother Rice) scored 13 and senior wing Reid Anderson (Avon Lake, OH/St. Edward) totaled 10.

St. Ed alumnus Reid Anderson

The Judges were led by Ruben Kanya with a game-high 20 points.
The Spartans forced 16 first half turnovers and led 21-10 when freshman center David Thompson (Plano, TX/Plano Senior) followed a missed fast-break layup with a dunk at the 8:15 mark.  Case’s lead grew to a high 14, at 24-10, after a Fowler jumper with 5:19 left in the period. Brandeis got to within 24-17 thanks to a 7-0 run that ended in a Kanya layup at 2:39, but Case was able to end the half on a 7-5 run to lead 31-22.

Brandeis inched closer in the second half and got to within two, at 45-43, when Alex Stoyle capped a 10-2 run with two free throws at 7:35. The Judges were then able to trim their deficit to one on two occasions, the second coming with two Vytas Kriskus charity shots at 5:03. The Spartans re-built their lead to five when Anderson sunk a triple with 2:41 left to play.

Tim Chung

The Judges battled back and got to within one, at 59-58, when Ruben hit two free throws with 55 seconds left. Undaunted, the Spartans got four straight free throws from Thompson and freshman guard Tim Chung (Cypress, CA/Los Alamitos) to lead 63-58 with 00:19 left to play. Ruben hit a desperation three-pointer with eight ticks left on the clock to make the score 63-61, but the Spartans were able to get one free throw from Anderson, then fouled on the next Brandeis possession to hold the Judges to a pair of free throws.

Brandeis was forced to foul Chung on the ensuing in-bound, and the freshman was able to convert two free throws to make the score 66-63.

Spartan Wrestlers Wrap Up Competition 

at Budd Whitehill Duals


WILLIAMSPORT, PA – The Case Western Reserve University wrestling team wrapped up competition at the 2011 Budd Whitehill Duals, hosted by Lycoming College (PA), this weekend. The Spartans wrestled three nationally-ranked teams in four dual matches, and junior heavyweight Cale Harter (Mt. Pleasant, MI/Mt. Pleasant)highlighted the weekend with two wins in the heavyweight class.



The Spartans were blanked by #22 Ohio Northern University and #21 Springfield College (MA) before falling 47-4 to #29 Messiah College (PA) and 36-9 to Muskingum University.


Harter was victorious in his match versus Messiah, winning a 13-0 major decision against Zane Bachart. Harter also came out on top in Saturday’s finale, beating Muskingum’s T.J. McCray with a pin in 5:05 to improve to 15-12 on the season.


Wrestling at 157 pounds, sophomore Evan McDowell (Bellaire, TX/Episcopal) took a 4-2 decision against Muskingum’s Tommy Patterson, running his season record to 7-9.

Yellow Jackets and Raiders to play rescheduled game tomorrow

January 16, 2011 

By Lenny Reich

Mount Union wraps up the first half of the Ohio Athletic Conference scheduled Monday at 7:30 pm against Baldwin-Wallace in the McPherson Academic and Athletic Complex in Alliance.

The Purple Raiders (7-8, 5-3 OAC) are tied for third place in the conference stadings with Heidelberg and John Carroll just 1.5 games behind conference co-leaders Marietta and Capital.

Mount Union beat Heidelberg 79-73 this past Saturday and the Raiders have won four of their last five games and are averaging 71.4 points per game.

Four Raiders average double figures in scoring led by junior forward Jimmy Wood (Wintersville/Indian Creek) at 13.8 points per game.

Senior forward Dave Pellerite (Olmsted Falls/Olmsted Falls) scores 13.0 points per game, has a team-best 57 assists and is among the conference leaders at 8.1 rebounds a game.

Baldwin-Wallace (7-7, 3-4 OAC) is two games behind Mount Union in the OAC standings, but the Yellow Jackets have won four games in a row including an 86-79 victory over conference leader Capital in their last game back on Jan. 8. 

B-W, 1-4 on the road this season, averages 75.2 points per game and Kyle Payne and Chris 

Ameen are the scoring leaders at 16.1 and 10.9 points respectively.

Mount Union plays six of its final nine regular season games at home starting Saturday at 4 pm against Otterbein.

Woodridge High alum Jeremy Hathaway

Purple Raider Open conducted today in honor of Dan Gorman

January 16, 2011 

ALLIANCE, Ohio -- Mount Union hosted the 2011 Purple Raider Open today in the Peterson Fieldhouse in Alliance.

The tournament was held with the blessing of the family and in honor of Mount Union head athletic trainer Dan Gorman.  Gorman was tragically killed in a vechile accident involving the Mount Union bus on its way home from a match at Ohio Northern Tuesday evening.

Mount Union would like to thanks coaches and staffs from the other participating schools, particullarly those from Notre Dame (Ohio) College, that assisted in tournament operations while the Purple Raiders attended a memorial service in the Timken Physical Education Building.

Click the link above for complete brackets/results.

Mount Union is next on the mat Tuesday, Jan. 18 for an Ohio Athletic Conference dual at Muskingum University in New Concord.

Mount Union Results

Shawn Olsabeck (Oakland, Mich.) maj. dec. Cody Wiltshire (MTU), 9-0
Domenic Cribari (Lake Erie - unattached) pinned Wiltshire (MTU), 2:05


Donovan Williams (Jamestown (NY) C.C.) dec. Cameron May (MTU), 3-2
Chuck Edward (Oakland, Mich.) pinned May (MTU), 3:30


Brandon Sommers (Cleveland State) pinned A.J. Kallay (MTU), 1:46
Jeremy Regula (MTU) pinned Kallay (MTU), 4:30

Tyler Green (Cleveland State - unattached) dec. Regula (MTU), 10-4
Jeremy Regula (MTU) pinned Kallay (MTU), 4:30

CVCA alum Zak Vargo

Zak Vargo (Lake Erie - unattached) pinned Regula (MTU), 4:00

Austin Sanchez (Oakland, Mich.) dec. Tyler Johnston (MTU), 5-2
Brad Norval (Ohio State - club) dec. Tyler Johnston (MTU), 9-2

Kody Severino (MTU) pinned Zack Voller (Oakland, Mich.) :53
Jake Salazar (Michigan - unattached) maj. dec. Severino (MTU), 13-5
Collin Zeerip (Michigan - unattached) pinned Severino (MTU), 3:48

T.J. Keklak (Kent State) pinned Tony Contini (MTU), 2:35
Curtis Glasper (Oakland, Mich.) pinned Contini (MTU), 4:00

David Hill (Oakland, Mich.) dec. John Piechuta (MTU), 5-2
Piechuta (MTU) maj. dec. Jim Schaff (Niagara County, NY C.C.), 12-3
Mike Wranoksy (Oakland, Mich.) dec. Piechuta (MTU), 5-3

David Phillips (Niagara County, NY C.C.) dec. Wendell Christian (MTU), 6-1
Alex Tuttle (Ashland - unattached) dec. Christian (MTU), forfeit

Jeremy Hathaway (MTU) maj. dec. Kyle McCallum (Oakland, Mich.), 17-7
Zach Antone (Niagara County, NY C.C.) dec. Hathaway, forfeit


Mentor High alumnus Fred Hale

Fred Hale (Mercyhurst, Pa.) dec. Nick Rajcsak (MTU), 5-4
Chris Kelly (Lake Erie - unattached) dec. Rajcsak (MTU), 8-3 

North Olmsted High alumnus Chris Kelly


Kent State shocks Bee Gee in 

defensive dynamo

By Evan Meyer – The Sports Vault

Special to Student/Athlete-Cleveland

KENT – Going into Saturday afternoon’s game at the MAC Center, the Kent State Golden Flashes had lost 13 consecutive games to the Bowling Green Falcons including a 28-point defeat when the two teams met there last January.

The Falcons were riding a 15-game winning streak overall, tied with Duke for the longest in Division I, and an eight-game skein in regular-season MAC play coming into Saturday.

But there is an adage in sports: This is why the games are played.

The Golden Flashes took advantage of uncharacteristic poor shooting from the Falcons and a combined total of 42 turnovers to pull the biggest upset of the young MAC Women’s Basketball season 44-43.

Kent State (13-3, 4-0 MAC) extended their home winning streak to 13-games while going 4-0 in MAC play for the first time since 2001.

“I am proud of our team’s effort.” KSU head coach Bob Lindsay said after the game, “especially on the defensive end of the court. We gave ourselves a chance to win by doing what we did on the defensive end.”

What they did was held the Falcons to just 28.6% shooting from the field (14-for-49) forcing 19 turnovers, making five steals, and winning the battle of the boards 34-31.

Bowling Green (15-2, 31- MAC) absorbed their first loss since the opening game of the season, November 12 at Evansville 63-62 and their first MAC regular-season loss since last February 10th at Central Michigan 67-65.

“I am disappointed with the loss.” BGSU head coach Curt Miller said afterwards. “But I think this is a great learning lesson. A lot of credit goes to Kent State’s defense and the way they pressured us. We did not have anything easy all game.”

The key moment in the game came with 12 seconds remaining and KSU Leading 44-43. Senior guard Jumilah Humes was stripped of the ball in the corner by sophomore guard Chrissy Steffen who dribbled from the right to the left put up a jumper from the left wing that hit the rim.

Humes grabbed the precious rebound and was fouled by senior forward Jen Uhl with 4.8 seconds remaining. She missed the front end of a 1-and-1 free throw and the Falcons had one final chance. Senior guard Tracy Pontius tried a half-court desperation shot that missed sending the KSU players and their fans into celebration.

photo by BGSU Photo Services - Brad Phalin

Wadsworth High alumna Jen Uhl

Humes led all scorers with 16 points and nine rebounds as the Flashes picked up their first win over BGSU since January 26, 2005 (62-53 at the MAC Center).

“Personally, I am really happy (in beating Bowling Green), and the rest of our seniors are ecstatic.” Humes said. “We had been in a lot of close games with them, and not being able to get it done down the stretch.”

When asked about the steal and play by Steffen, Miller said “I give Chrissy a lot of credit; she tried to make that game winning play. It was a tough shot and she had the courage to take it as a sophomore.”

Senior Lauren Prochaska was the lone Falcon player in doubled figures with 13 points. The fifth consecutive game and 10 in the last 11 the two-time defending MAC Player of the Year reached double figures. Earlier this week in a home win over Akron, Prochaska moved past the 2,000 point mark in her career.

KSU opened the game with a surprising start scoring 11 of the game’s first 13 points building the largest lead of the contest at the 15:05 mark on a left wing jumper by Humes.

BGSU withstood the early salvo by the Flashes, and a pair of three-pointers, one each by Pontius, and senior Maggie Hennegan (the second from the right arc) closed the deficit to 11-10 at the 12:40 mark.

After Kent State extended the lead to 13-10 on two free throws by Humes, the Falcons took their first lead of the game with six unanswered points 16-13 at the 5:20 mark on two Pontius free throws.

Pontius came into the game averaging 13.6 points per contest, second on the team to Prochaska, Saturday was held to just eight points and five rebounds.

KSU regained the lead thanks to senior forward Taisha Jones who scored five consecutive points on a short jumper and a three from the left arc to give the Flashes a 20-16 lead and went into halftime with a two-point advantage at 20-18.

At the start of the second half, BGSU used a 7-2 run to regain the lead 25-22 on a three-pointer by Pontius from the left arc. It would be her final points of the game.

The Falcons built as much as a four-point lead 32-28 with 9:41 remaining on a layup by Uhl, the Wadsworth native. The game stayed close until Kent State took the lead 40-39 on a driving layup by Jones with 4:37 remaining. It was a lead KSU would not relinquish.

Stephanie Gibson, a North Canton product

The lead went out to three 44-41 on a layup by Hoover High alumna Stephanie Gibson with 3:08 remaining. Two Uhl free throws closed the deficit to 44-43 with 1:36 remaining.

In the final minute, Bowling Green had a chance to take the lead, and in the words of Miller, steal a road win out of Kent. But Pontius missed a three-point try.

Pontuis made a steal off a Gibson pass with 19 second remaining but made a bad pass out of bounds setting up the final frantic moments.

How much of a defensive struggle was it down the stretch? Neither team registered a field goal. Only two points were scored (both by BGSU free throws)

When asked about the game overall, Miller said it reminded him of a tournament game due to the defense played by both clubs. “Every possession is big.” He said. “Both teams were dialed in defensively and tried to make everything as difficult as possible.”

Kent State is back in action on Wednesday night as they host arch rival Akron while Bowling  Green looks to rebound as they travel to Buffalo for a Tuesday night meeting with the Bulls.”


KEY MOMENT: With Kent State leading 44-43 with 12 seconds remaining in regulation. BG’s Chrissy Steffen made the steal of Jumilah Humes and dribbled from the right to the left setting a left wing jumper that hit the front of the rim and fell away. It was Bowling Green’s final chance to take the lead and possible victory. 

STAR OF THE GAME: JUMILAH HUMES-KENT STATE. The senior guard from Saginaw, Michigan, led all scorers with 16 points and nine rebounds. Her basket with 3:48 remaining gave KSU the lead for good at 42-39.

KEY STAT OF THE GAME: 1) Bowling Green shooting just 28.6 percent from the field (143x49). 2) Both teams combining for 42 turnovers (23 by KSU – 19 by BGSU). 3)Bowling Green scoring just three field goals in the final eight minutes of the contest (the last coming at the 3:32 mark by Lauren Prochaska)

NOTES: The game was the 68th lifetime meeting between the two schools with Bowling Green having a 40-28 advantage and 17-16 at the MAC Center…KSU has registered consecutive one-point wins for the first time since February,1977 (they defeated Ohio at Athens on Wednesday night)…The 44 points by Kent State was their lowest offensive output since March 5,2008 at Buffalo (44-50) and the first time they have scored less than 50 points and picked up a victory in school history…Bowling Green came into the game second to Wisconsin-Green Bay in the collegeinsider.com mid-major Women’s Basketball Top 25 (Kent State was 19th)…Lauren Prochaska-BG her 13 points ranks her ninth of the MAC All-Time women’s scoring list with 2,037 points…The 87 combined points were the fewest in the 68-game series between the two schools

Henry’s Double-Double, Tight 

Defense Lead Spartan Women to 56-

38 Verdict over the Judges

CLEVELAND (U District) – Senior forward Caitlin Henry (Fairfax, VA/Robinson) recorded a double-double of 11 points and 14 rebounds as the Case Western Reserve University women’s basketball team stretched its win streak to five games with a 56-38 victory versus Brandeis University (MA) today, January 16, at Horsburgh Gymnasium.
With the win, the Spartans improve to 9-5 overall and 3-0 in the University Athletic Association. Brandeis falls to 9-5 and 1-2 UAA.
In addition to Henry, three other Spartans scored in double-figures.

Caitlin Henry

Junior forward Erin Hollinger (Chardon, OH/Chardon) totaled a game-high 13 points and also grabbed four rebounds, while sophomore guards Erica Iafelice (North Canton, OH/Hoover) and Evy Iacono (Cincinnati, OH/Mount Notre Dame) each recorded 11 points, five rebounds and three assists.

The Spartans led 11-5 when Henry hit a layup at 12:35. The advantage then grew to a high of nine, at 18-9, following a Henry three-pointer with 8:10 left in the half. However, Brandeis was able to hold the Spartans without a field goal for the last 5:12 of the period en route to a 10-4 run that ended in a Morgan Kendrew jumper with 44 seconds remaining.  The Spartans clung to a 22-19 at the break.

The Spartan cold streak stretched into the second half and Brandeis grabbed a 25-24 lead when Kendrew hit two free throws at 16:52. Undaunted, Case answered with a 13-0 run that made the score 37-25 with 13:35 left to play. The run featured three-pointers from sophomore forward Marissa Miles (McDonald, PA/Fort Cherry) at 16:30, sophomore guard Evy Iacono (Cincinnati, OH/Mount Notre Dame) at 15:39, and Iafelice at 13:35. The Spartan lead would not fall below eight the rest of the way, and reached a high of 20 when Miles hit a three-pointer at 1:44.

For the game, Case held Brandeis to just 15-of-55 (.273) from the field.

The Spartans return to action next Friday, January 21 at Emory University (GA) at 6:00 p.m. in Atlanta, Georgia. The team also plays at the University of Rochester (NY) at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday.

Northfield High alumna Brittany Kilgore

Fourteenth-ranked Mount Union 

Basketball Team travels to Grove 

City; Hoover alum Leah Gibson, 

one of top two Wolverine scorers, 

vies upset against fellow Stark 


January 16, 2011 

By Josh Reilly

GROVE CITY, Pa. -- The nationally-ranked Mount Union women's basketball team will take a step out of Ohio Athletic Conference play when it visits Grove City (Pa.) on Monday for a 6 p.m. tip-off.

The Purple Raiders (12-2, 6-2) are coming off their second straight win -- a 74-46 decision at Heidelberg.Brittany Kilgore (Northfield/Nordonia) and Katie Crider (Brunswick/Brunswick) led the winning effort with 12 and 10 points, respectively.

Kilgore is among three Raider scorers in double-figures.

Rosa LaMattina (Westlake/Westlake) is leading the way with 12.7 points per game while Kori Wiedt (North Olmsted/North Olmsted) is close behind with averages of 12.6 points and 5.0 rebounds.

Kilgore is averaging 10.7 points and 5.5 rebounds while Amanda Rose (Uniontown/Green) holds a rebounding average of 5.6 for Mount Union, which rates 14th on the ESPN/USA Today poll and 18th byD3Hoops.com.

In its last contest, Grove City (8-6, 3-4) had its four-game winning streak snapped by nationally-ranked Saint Vincent, a fellow Presidents' Athletic Conference team, by a score of 64-56.

Christine Slater (Aliquippa, Pa./Center) lead the Wolverines with 19.2 points and 7.9 rebounds. 

She ranks second all-time in points scored for Grove City (1.396).

Leah Gibson (North Canton/Hoover) is part of Slater's supporting cast as she averages 14.9 points and 5.4 rebounds.