Facing host Oneonta as well as Williams and Ithaca during a four-team affair Sat., Feb. 8, the Cardinals came away with a 20-15 victory over Oneonta but dropped a 41-6 decision to Ithaca and a 27-9 result vs. Williams. Leading Wesleyan on the mats with a 2-1 mark on the day were 125-pounder James Hamilton '16 (photo lower right), 174-pounder Ryan Sblendorio '15 (photo upper right) and 197-pounder Josh Roometua '16 (left side photo). Each came up with a pair of well-deserved decisions, as all came by three points or less. For the afternoon, the Cardinals won 11 of 27 wrestled matches. Roometua's win vs. Oneonta secured the Cardinals' victory as Wesleyan had a 17-9 lead at the time, but knowing they would give up a six-point forfeit at heavyweight. Thus, the 5-2 triumph pushed Wesleyan over the top. A loss in the match would have given Oneonta the team result.
Wesleyan headed to Cortland St. Sun., Feb. 9 to finish up a long weekend in upsatet New York. There, Hamilton made it a 3-1 weekend with a first-period pin. Wesleyan also got a pin from Tara Carr '16 at 165, as he recovered from an 8-3 deficit to get an escape and takedown in the second period, then stick his opponent 28 seconds before the end of the round. Three Cardinals fell to wrestlers ranked among the top eight nationally as Chris Siracusa '16 was pinned by the top wrestler in the country at 149; Sblendorio dropped an 8-0 decision to the fifth-ranked wrestler at 174 and Roometua fell, 8-4, to the #3-ranked wrestler at 197.
The Cardinals conclude the dual-match season with their only home meet of the year Sun., Feb. 16, hosting Johnson & Wales, Oswego and Hunter in the four-team outing. All three matches for Wesleyan will be webcast.
(photos courtesy of Amber Dimitroff '16)