Wesleyan opened the regular season with its usual excursion to Springfield for the annual Doug Parker Invitational Sat., Nov. 20, and placed seventh of 18 teams. Twelve of the teams present were staple members of the NEWA, and the Cardinals placed fourth among the regional group. The only NEWA squads absent from the field were Johnson & Wales, WPI and Southern Maine.
Leading the contingent of five Cardinals who secured a top-six finish was 197-pounder Dave Amrhein '12 (photo), who placed second of 20 entrants with a 3-1 record. Other placers for Wesleyan included Joey Schwartz '14, whose 4-2 mark earned him fourth place among 31 at 125 ; heavyweight Dan Conroy '11, who compiled a 4-2 mark to place fourth of 26 ; and Jefferson Ajayi '13 and Troy Sampson '14, both of whom ended up in the 5th/6th position, the former at 184 among 23 participants with a 3-2 record, and the latter at 157 in a field of 33 with a 4-2 performance. Schwartz was named the NEWA Rookie of the Week for his effort, which included wins over a returning All-American as well as NEWA top-six finisher from 2010.
SUNY-Brockport, ranked 15th nationally, won the team title with 102.5 points. Centenary, ranked 16th, was second and Springfield, ranked 26th, was third. Wesleyan collected 69 points for its seventh-place posting. In the latest NEWA team rankings, Wesleyan sits fourth.
In the opening seasonal individual NEWA rankings release Nov. 29, the Cardinals had nine team members ranked among the top eight in their weight class led by Schwartz, Conroy, Ajayi and Amrhein at #3. Holding the fourth spot at their weight are Sampson and Howard Tobochnik '13 (149). Also ranked are Nick Scotto '13 (5th at 141), Maika Nagata '13 (7th at 133) and Kyle Roosa '13 (7th at 174).
Up next for the squad is a long voyage to Rochester, N.Y. for the R.I.T. Invitational Sat., Dec. 4.