Cards Post Third-Ever Top-3 Finish at NEWA Duals with 3-1 Record for
Competing in the 10th annual New England
Wrestling Association (NEWA) Duals (actually the 11th time it was
scheduled to be held but snow wiped out the 2004-05 Duals), Wesleyan
came away with its third-ever top-three posting by going 3-1 to match
its seeding with a third-place performance among 15 squads.
The Cardinals opened with an easy 47-0 victory over 14th-seeded WPI,
then downed #6 seed Roger Williams for the second time this season,
28-9, to reach the semi-finals. Tackling #2 seed Johnson & Wales, a
team Wesleyan lost to 28-7 a week earlier, Wesleyan faired better but
lost 24-13. In the final match of the afternoon, Wesleyan took on #4
seed R.I.C. and rolled to a 32-10 triumph.
Three Cardinals came through with a 4-0 mark during the duals. At 157
pounds, Dave Bachy '10 (main photo) picked up pins against WPI and R.I.C
while posting decisions vs. RWU and JWU. Josh Berkovic '10 (photo
insert lower right) was a rock at 165 pounds as he had decisions vs. RWU
and JWU with technical falls vs. WPI and R.I.C. Greg Hurd '10 (photo
insert upper left) had a decision vs. WPI and a technical fall vs. RWU
at 174. He bumped up to 184 for a major decision vs. JWU and picked up a
forfeit win vs. R.I.C.
Over the four matches, Wesleyan went 28-12 as a group. The seeding for
the NEWA Duals was almost perfect as each of the top eight squads
finished on their seed. Williams won the Duals, defeating JWU, 31-15,
in the finals. Of the bottom seven, only Norwich, which was seeded
ninth and placed 12th, and Trinity, seeded 12th with a 10th-place
finish, was more than one spot off its expected placing.
Wesleyan's highest-ever finish in the Duals came when the Cardinals
hosted the event during the 2001-02 season and came in second. Wesleyan
grabbed third during the 2006-07 season. Wesleyan was sixth a year
Wesleyan hosted Western New England Fri., Jan. 29 in its first match
after the Duals and made extremely short work of the evening by down the
Golden Bears, 55-0. Wesleyan got four pins in the match including one
in just 18 seconds from Hurd. The others came from Bloom, Howard
Tobochnik '13 and Bachy, all in the first period.
Wesleyan then wrapped up the week by visiting R.I.C. for its next match
Sat., Jan. 30 where the Cards faced both the host Archormen and
Springfield in a three-way affair. In a tight battle, Wesleyan got wins
from Bachy, Berkovic, Hurd and Luke Erickson '12 (197 pounds) but
Springfield captured six matches, including tight decisions of 4-3 and
3-1, to pull out a 20-12 win after the Cardinals forged a 12-6 lead
through six bouts. Wesleyan then downed R.I.C. convincingly for the
second time in six days, 31-14, aided by a pair of forfeits. Berkovic
highlighted the match for the Cards with a second-period fall. Bachy
registered a major decision while Hurd was the beneficiary of one of the
forfeits. Maika Nagata '13 also picked up a pin for the Cards at 133
pounds, that coming in the first period.
Wesleyan has one more dual-match competition ahead as the team travels
to Oneonta St. Sat., Feb. 6 to face the host, Lycoming and Little Three
rival Williams, the top ranked team in New England.