JCU Wrestling Open highlights young talent in face of postseason competition


JCU Sports Information Department

Trysten Zahoransky competes in the JCU Open held on Super Bowl Sunday.

Leah Harrigan, Staff Reporter

In light of the upcoming postseason, John Carroll Wrestling hosted a plethora of Midwestern schools to fine-tune their impressive skillset. After all, John Caroll wrestling prides itself on its intense worth ethic that pays off in the form of communal victory.

On Sat., Feb. 12, the Blue Streaks geared up for the John Carroll Open, following a sizable 34-3 victory in their latest match against Heidelberg. Undoubtedly, John Carroll faced some fierce competition this past weekend, but the Blue and Gold were eager to gain meaningful practice before traveling to National Collegiate Athletic Association Regionals.

No team scores were kept during this open-style tournament, so no team victors were crowned.

For John Caroll, Americano Milani ‘24, Ryan Forrest ‘25, Brian Shaw ‘23, Trysten Zahoransky ‘24, Aiden Ashburn ‘26, Sean McElhinny ‘24, Brady Lezco ‘25, Thomas Lunt ‘24 and Wesley Jones ‘25 were among those who participated in the tune up prior to the postseason.

McElhinny and Zahoransky pushed through some difficult competitors to earn valuable points, showing the potential for the playoff campaign. 

The John Carroll Open was a way for the Blue and Gold to acknowledge their strengths and weaknesses, a testament to the team’s constant desire to improve and maintain consistency.

The previous practice will likely help John Carroll pivot into the playoff season.

The Blue Streaks will make a short trip to Case Western Reserve starting on Sat., Feb. 25 at 10 a.m. for NCAA Regionals.

The future is certainly bright for the Blue and Gold.