Wrestling Posts Five Pins in Downing Oswego to Wrap up Another Banner Year - NCAA Qualifier Awaits
Closing out the 2012-13 dual-match season by hosting Oswego St. Sat., Feb. 16, the Cardinals captured eight of 10 bouts, five of them via pin, in rolling to a 43-6 decision. With a 15-7 record, Wesleyan will have its top competitor at each weight class set to participate in the Northeast Regional at WPI Sat.-Sun., March 2-3 with spots in the NCAA Division III Championships at stake, as well as a regional team title. Last year, Wesleyan took the NEWA crown by 0.5 points over Springfield while winning three weight classes and having two other runner-ups.
Against Oswego, Wesleyan got pins from 125-pounder James Hamilton '16; 141-pounder Nick Scotto '13 (bottom photo), his 19th of the season to lead the nation at all levels; 149-pounder Howard Tobochnik '13 (top photo), who finished the dual-match season with a team-best 21-1 record; 165-pounder Taran Carr '16, who stuck his foe in just :53; and 184-pounder Jefferson Ajayi '13. Also winning his match was 174-pounder Kyle Roosa '13 by a major decision and 197-pounder Josh Roometua '16. Heavyweight Austin Frank '15 was unopposed for a forfeit win.
With four additional teams involved in the regional competition at WPI, 18 teams will vye for spots in the NCAA tournament. The top three placewinners at each weight class get automatic bids to the NCAAs. Last year, Roosa and Ajayi were NEWA champions at their weight classes, Roosa for a second straight year. Tobochnik finished second as did Joey Schwartz '14, who has seen limited action this season due to study abroad and injury.
Before regionals, Wesleyan sent a JV squad of six wrestlers to Roger Williams Sun., Feb. 24 to take part in the NEWA Futures Championships. Tops among them was Alex Cannon '14 at 157 pounds as he went 3-1 to finish second in a fied of 14 entrants.
The final activity of the regular season comes up Sat.-Sun., March 2-3 at WPI for the Northeast Regional Championships, where the top three finishers at each weight class will earn a trip to the NCAA Division III Championships in Cedar Rapids, Iowa March 15-16. In total, 18 teams will be competing on the regional tournament with the 14 NEWA squads joined by Cortland, Oneonta, Oswego and Ithaca.