Closing out the weekend with a 26-12 win over Roger Williams and a 36-3 victory over Trinity in a three-way affair at Trinity Sun., Jan. 16, the Cardinals finished the weekend with a 4-0 mark and ran their current win streak to six matches.
Two Cardinals went 4-0 over the weekend with an opportunity to wrestle four opponents. At 157 pounds, Troy Sampson '14 (main photo) added a pair of decisions to his accomplishments thus far as his weight class led off the competition at Trinity. He was named NEWA Rookie of the Week for his efforts. At 174 pounds, Kyle Roosa '13 (photo insert lower left) added a decision over the region's second-ranked grappler from RWU before pinning his Trinity rival in the second period. Also completing a 4-0 weekend was 125-pounder Chris Alvanos '11 with a major decision and a forfeit victory. The fourth Cardinal to go unbeaten over the weekend with four conquests was 133-pounder Maika Nagata '13 but his two wins at Trinity both came via forfeit.
The Cardinals dropped just one bout to the Bantams in securing the 33-point win. Against RWU, four bouts went the Hawks way, all by decision with three of the four by two points or less. Wesleyan more than made up for shortfall with the work of Alvanos, Nagata, Sampson and Roosa along with a major decision from 197-pounder Luke Erickson '12 and a first-minute pin from 149-pounder Howard Tobochnik '13.
The next action for the squad is the annual NEWA Duals, this year hosted by Bridgewater St. Sun., Jan. 23. Wesleyan, now ranked second in NEWA, should be the #2 seed and will be looking to do at least as well if not better than last year when the squad placed third of 15 teams.