Competing in the annual North-South Duals hosted by Ursinus Sat., Jan. 7, the Cardinals drew three teams ranked in the top-20 nationally, facing #8 Cortland St., #12 York (Pa.) and #20 Stevens Tech in addition to McDaniel. The squad came away with a 1-3 record, falling to each of the nationaly ramnked opponents - York, 30-6 ; Cortland, 33-3 ; and Stevens Tech, 26-12 ; while knocking off McDaniel, 29-16. The battles got no easier for the Cardinal in their next outing as they traveled to Johnson & Wales Sat., Jan. 14. JWU is tops among the NEWA squads and 22nd nationally.
Leading the way for the Cardinals at Ursinus was 149-pounder Howard Tobochnik '13 (photo) as he went 3-1 including a second-period pin vs. his McDaniel rival. Kyle Roosa '14 also had a pin vs. McDaniel at 174 pounds. At 133 pounds, Maika Nagata '13 went 2-2 with wins over York and McDaniel while 184-pounder Jefferson Ajayi '14 also was 2-2 with victories vs. McDaniel and Stevens along with Luke Erickson '12 at 197 pounds as he defeated his foes from McDaniel and Cortland.
At JWU, the Cardinals took four bouts but dropped the match by a 24-12 score. Tobochnik took a decision at 149 while brothers Ben '15 and Joey Schwartz '14 were winners by decision at 125 and 133. Ben Schwartz, ranked eighth individually, knocked off the #5 ranked wrestler among the NEWA squads. Joey Schwartz, ranked #1, won by a 3-2 score over the #2 ranked NEWA wrestler at 133. Also winning for Wesleyan was Ajayi at 184.
Wesleyan is right back on the mats Sun., Jan. 15, taking on Roger Williams and Trinity in a pair of matches. Wesleyan is ranked fourth in the latest NEWA poll while RWU is fifth and Trinity seventh.