Getting four victories at 125 pounds from Chris Alvanos '11 (main photo) and at 184 pounds from Jefferson Ajayi '13 (photo insert upper left), the Cardinals fashioned a 2-1-1 team record during the annual North-South Duals hosted by Ursinus College Sat., Jan. 8.
The Cardinals opened with a thrilling battle vs. #17-ranked Cortland, which ended in a 15-15 tie as each squad won five decisions. In that match, Alvanos registered a 5-3 win and Ajayi came through with a 6-0 victory. Also winning for Wesleyan were Maika Nagata '13 at 133, Troy Sampson '14 at 157 and Kyle Roosa '13 at 174. Two of the team's losses in the match came by a lone point.
Wesleyan suffered its only setback during the Duals with a 24-9 loss to Wisconsin-Whitewater. Alvanos was victorious 5-2 and Ajayi posted a 6-5 triumph. The other Cardinal conquest came from 141-pounder Nick Scotto '13, 8-4. Again, a pair of one-point losses haunted the team as victories in those bouts would have made it a much closer match.
Wesleyan had no trouble dispatching Hunter, 43-9, with Alvanos coming up with a 10-5 victory and Ajayi picking up one of two forfeit wins for the Cardinals. Wesleyan had pins from Scotto, Howard Tobochnik '13 at 149 and Roosa.
In the day's final action, Wesleyan got a big pin from heavyweight Dan Conroy '11 to erase a 15-12 deficit going into the last bout and come away an 18-15 winner over Stevens Tech. Alvanos' win came by a 5-2 score while Ajayi was victorious, 4-0. Wins by Nagata and Scotto also helped key the team win.
Wesleyan returns to action Sat., Jan. 15 with a pair of dual matches at Southern Maine, facing the host and Johnson & Wales. In a busy weekend, the Cardinals also have a two matches on Sun., Jan. 16 at Trinity, taking on the Bantams and Roger Williams. Those matches will be webcast by Trinity and can be viewed by clicking < here >.
(photos courtesy of Julie Sampson P'14)