Competing in the North-South Duals at Ursinus for the eighth time in the last nine seasons, the Cardinals came away with a 2-2 mark. Opening with a solid 31-11 victory over McDaniel, and finishing with a 40-6 win over Gettysburg, Wesleyan dropped matches to #4-ranked Cortland, 30-11, and #30-ranked Delaware Valley, 21-19.
The Cardinals, ranked 29th nationally, were led by the 3-1 marks of 125-pounder James Hamilton '16 (photo insert top left), 174-pounder Kyle Roosa '13 (main photo) and 184-pounder Jefferson Ajayi '13 (photo insert upper right). At 141 pounds, Nick Scotto '13 also went 3-1 with one victory coming via forfeit. Howard Tobochnik '13 posted a 3-1 record as well. Hamilton's wins included a technical fall against Cortland and a pin vs. Gettysburg. Tobochnik and 133-pounder Maika Nagata '13 were the other two Cardinals to defeat their Cortland rivals, both with decisions. Tobochnik suffered a 9-3 loss to Delaware Valley's #3-ranked nationally performer.
Wesleyan had six pins on the day and Scotto produced two of them, upping his seasonal falls to 10 as his record improved to 14-2. Scotto's lone loss of the day was to by a 5-3 count to a Cortland rival currently ranked sixth nationally in Division III. Other Wesleyan pins came from Tobochnik vs. McDaniel, Nagata vs. Gettysburg and Josh Roometua '16 (197) vs. Gettysburg. The setbacks by Roosa and Ajayi, both to Cortland, also came against top-10 ranked competitors by decision, 10-4 and 7-1, respectively. Chris Siracusa '16, who went 1-1 at 133 pounds, dropped his match to McDaniel, 3-0, as his opponent came in ranked #7 nationally.
Wesleyan will continue to face top-ranked competition in its next action as the Cardinals head to Springfield, Ill. Sat.-Sun., Jan. 12-13 for the National Wrestling Coaches Association National Division III Duals. Wesleyan will be making its first appearance in this presigious event, considered the dual-meet national championship for Division III. In attendance will be #2 Augsburg, #5 Centenary, #8 Coe, #4 Cortland State, #16 Dubuque, #3 Elmhurst, #9 Ithaca, John Hopkins, Johnson & Wales, #15 Luther, #7 Olivet, #26 Springfield, #6 UW Lacrosse, #11 UW Whitewater, #1 Wartburg and #29 Wesleyan.