Wrestling Captures Two of Three Matches at Springfield as #26-Ranked Nationally Squad Clinches Winning Campaign
Running their win streak to a school-record 11 matches before falling to previously #1 in New England Springfield, 19-15, during a tri-meet in Springfield Sat., Jan. 29, the Cardinals defeated Rhode Island College, 25-9, and Norwich, 47-4, during the gathering to run their mark to 12-3-1 on the season. With four dual matches remaining, the squad has secured its third consecutive winning campaign and eighth over the last 11 seasons. Head Coach Drew Black also sits one victory away from becoming the all-time winningest wrestling coach in Wesleyan history. He is currently tied with John Biddiscombe, Wesleyan's Athletics Director and former head wrestling coach, both with 127 career victories. Coach Biddiscombe posted a 127-80-3 mark over his 15 seasons. Coach Black stands 127-105-3 in his 13th season at the helm.
After wrapping up a NEWA Duals title the previous weekend, Wesleyan moved to the top spot in the regional poll which had been held by Springfleld. Wesleyan also landed the #26 spot in the latest national Division III poll. Springfield, which finished third in the NEWA Duals, exacted some redemption by winning six of 10 bouts vs. Wesleyan. Chris Alvanos '11, who suffered his first dual loss of the year vs. RIC, gave the Cardinals a lift with a pin at 125 pounds. Howard Tobochnik '13 (photo insert upper right) added a decision at 149 and Kyle Roosa '13 (main photo) and Jefferson Ajayi '13 (photo insert upper left) also posted decisions, but it wasn't enough to overcome the Pride's lead. Tobochnik, Roosa and Ajayi all went 3-0 on the day.
The Cardinals have another big outing coming up Sat., Feb. 5 when they visit Little Three rival Williams. There, Wesleyan takes on the host, Oneonta St. and Plymouth St. Williams and Plymouth St. were two of the three teams Wesleyan defeated en route to its NEWA Duals crown, Williams in the semi-final and Plymouth St. in the championship battle.