Wes wrestling traveled to Bridgewater State yesterday for the annual NEWA Duals and came away with its first-ever championship in the 11-year history of the event, topping its second-place finish in 2002. After a first-round bye, the second-seeded Cards rolled past Coast Guard 37-6, then trounced second-seeded Williams 28-7 (including a one-point penalty on Williams for unsportsmanlike conduct) and upended Plymouth State 24-12 in the title match.
Four Cardinals were undefeated on the afternoon: 125-pounder Chris Alvanos ’11 (top-left photo), 133-pounder Maika Nagata ’13 (top-right photo), 149-pounder Howard Tobochnik ’13 (lower-right photo), and heavyweight Dan Conroy ’11 (lower-left photo). Alvanos, who is 12-0 in dual matches this season and ranked fifth in New England, beat the third- and fourth-ranked wrestlers in the region. Nagata had Wesleyan’s only pin in the championship match, and Tobochnik defeated the top-ranked 149-pounder in New England. Tobochnik currently holds the #4 spot in New England, and Conroy is ranked second.
Wesleyan is now the top-ranked team in New England and stands 9-2-1 on the year, and has established a new school record for consecutive wins (nine). The Cards have four matches this week: Friday at Western New England (which Wesleyan defeated 55-0 last season) and Saturday against Rhode Island College, Norwich, and Springfield, which had been ranked #1 in New England. The following Saturday, Wes travels to Williamstown for rematches with the Ephs and Plymouth State. Make us proud, gents!