Cardinals Go 2-1 on Final Dual Weekend, Set to Host NCAA Northeast Regionals

Closing out the dual-meet season Sun., Feb. 16 in the long-awaited lone home matches of the year, the Cardinals came through with solid wins over SUNY Oswego (26-15) and Hunter (38-9) after falling to 16th-ranked nationally Johnson & Wales, 30-15. As a result, the Cardinals posted a 7-12 final record. 

For the day, Wesleyan went 2-1 at all weight class except 125 (0-3 due to forfeits), 174 (3-0) and 184 (1-2).  Taran Carr '16 picked up a pair of falls, one at 165 pounds and the other at 174 pounds, while droping a one-point decision in his JWU match against another top-six regional wrestler.  Ryan Sblendorio '16 (photo upper right), the top-ranked 174-pounder in NEWA, had the only other fall for Wesleyan while also claiming a victory by injury default.  His loss came by one point at 184 pounds.  James Hamilton '16 (photo lower right) grappled at 133 pounds for a pair of decisions.  Carr and Hamilton both entered the week ranked fourth regionally.  Josh Roometua '16 (left side photo), who went 2-1 at 197 pounds, is the #6 wrestler in NEWA.

The next major event for the Cardinals is the second annual NCAA Division III Northeast Regionals, which Wesleyan will host Sat.-Sun., March 1-2.  The top three finisheres in each weight class will go on to represent the region in the NCAA Division III Championships in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Fri.-Sat., March 14-15.  Before the Regionals, however, eight Cardinals ventured to Roger Williams to participate in the NEWA Future Tournament Sun., Feb. 23.  There Wesleyan placed sixth of 11 scoring teams.  Leading the way for the Cardinals was Frank Crippen '17 at 133 pounds, going 3-0 for the title among six competitors.  DJ Lemieux went 1-1 at that weight to place second.  Also coming through with a second-place finish in a field of 16 participants at 149 pounds was Zack Larabee '15 as he went 3-1.

(photos by Amber Dimitroff '16)