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Silloway Gymnasium - Wrestling

Silloway Gymnasium debuted as a wrestling facility for the 2006 New England Wrestling Conference Championships for which Wesleyan served as host.  Wesleyan again hosted the New England Championships in 2012, capturing the team title.  Over the years, Silloway Gym has been used consistently, along with Bacon Field House, as the location for wrestling dual matches and tournament activity throughout the season.  Part of the $13-million expansion of the Freeman Athletic Center completed in January, 2005, Silloway Gym was named in May, 2006 for alumnus and benefactor Stuart Silloway '29, the first of three generations of Stuart Silloways to attend Wesleyan  (Stuart Silloway Jr. '59 and Stuart Silloway III '91 comprising the other two).  It  has seating for 1,200 spectators, three basket supports at each end and an outstanding scoreboard which provides for player details and a message center.  The wooden surface is lined in black for one main basketball court, two side basketball courts lined in yellow and two volleyball courts lined in red. 


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The Bacon Field House - Wrestling

The Bacon Field House, named for C. Everett Bacon '13, an All-American quarterback at Wesleyan, houses a 200-meter, six lane track as its main component. The infield area allows for numerous activities and is the site for some of Wesleyan's home wrestling matches.  The Cardinals hosted the 2002 NECCWA Duals and had seven mats in the Field House for the event.  In 2014, Wesleyan was the site of the Northeast Regional Wrestling Tournament (photo) with the top three finishers in each weight class qualifying for the NCAA Division III Championships.  The infield also facilitates the use of four tennis courts, three basketball courts, six volleyball courts or six badminton courts. The facility is integral for providing Wesleyan spring sports teams with an indoor opportunity to practice in February and March, in conjunction with two artificial surfaced outdoor fields, before the outdoor grass fields are ready for use. The Bacon Field House has been the site of many regional and national track meets, including the 1991 NCAA Division III Indoor Track Championships.


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Biddiscombe Wrestling Room

Formally dedicated as the Biddiscombe Wrestling Room on October 19, 2012, the room in the far southwest corner of the Freeman Athletic Center is the home of the wrestling team's daily practices from November through March.  The 4,000-square-foot facility is named after John Biddiscombe, who joined the Wesleyan athletic staff in 1974 and spent 38 years employed at the college, 15 of them as head wrestling coach (1974-1989) and 24 as Director of Athletics (1988-2012).  His 1983-83 wrestling squad captured a New England title and was inducted into the Wesleyan Athletics Hall of Fame in October, 2012, along with John Biddiscombe shortly after his retirement.


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