Winning each of his four bouts at 184 pounds, including a pair of pins, Jefferson Ajayi '13 (photo) was a key to Wesleyan's 3-1 record and third-place finish during the annual New England Wrestling Association (NEWA) Duals, hosted by Springfield Sun., Jan. 22. The Cardinals opened wth a 40-7 win over Coast Guard as Ajayi registered a first-period pin. In the second round, the Cardinals downed Roger Williams for the second time this season, winning 27-10. Ajayi was a 9-2 victor. Against eventual champion and top-seeded Springfield, Ajayi was the only Wesleyan winner in a 34-3 setback, posting an 8-6 decision. Then in Wesleyan's 28-13 triumph over Southern Maine to secure third place, one spot higher than the team's fourth-seeded ranking, Ajayi pinned his rival in a mere :47. For the year, Ajayi is 9-3 in dual matches and 15-5 overall.
Four other Cardinals equaled the team's mark of 3-1 on the day as Nick Scotto '13 (141), Howard Tobochnik '13 (149), Kyle Roosa '13 (174) and Luke Erickson '12 (197) all turned the trick. Roosa only lost by a 6-3 count to Springfield while Erickson fell by a narrow 2-0 decision. Wesleyan entered the Duals as the defending champion and evened its record on the year at 6-6. On Sat., Jan. 28, the Cardinals host Springfield in a match slated for a webcast, which can be viewed starting at 1 p.m. by clicking < here >. Thus Wesleyan will be looking to challenge Springfield for a better outcome than the recent battle at the Duals.