Following up its recent trip to Springfield Ill. for the NWCA DIII National Duals, where the Cardinals went 3-2 with wins over a pair of top-10 teams (Olivet and Ithaca) to place sixth nationally, Wesleyan resumed local action Sat., Jan. 19 with substantial wins over Roger Williams, WPI and Trinity. Wesleyan, ranked 10th nationally in Division III and first in New England, now stands 9-5 in dual matches this year and will be headed to Johnson and Wales Sun., Jan. 27 for the NEWA Duals in its next outing. Wesleyan captured the NEWA Duals title in 2011 and has finished no worse than third the last three seasons.
Winning 23 of 30 bouts against RWU, WPI and Trinity, Wesleyan made relatively short work of the matches by downing the Hawks, 39-6, tackling the Engineers, 36-6, and conquering the Bantams, 33-12. Nick Scotto '13 (bottom photo) continued to pile on the pins, adding three to his seasonal total which now stands at 13 during the regular season while his overall record at 141 pounds improved to 20-4. Howard Tobochnik '13 (top photo), named NEWA Wrestler of the Week last week following the National Duals, pinned both his RWU and WPI foes while recording a major decision vs. Trinity to up his team-leading record to 22-3 at 149 pounds. Also winning three times on the afternoon were 174-pounder Kyle Roosa '13 and 184-pounder Jefferson Ajayi '13. Ajayi was honored by the New England Wrestling Association as Wrestler of the Week while Scotto received honorable-mention recognition. Chris Siracusa '16, at 133 pounds, and James Hamilton '16, at 125 pounds, both went 3-0 but each wrestled just once as each picked up a pair of forfeit victories.
Roger Wiliams came into the match ranked fourth in New England and 21st nationally in Division III.