VICTORIOUS. The Wesleyan wrestling team muscled its way to its second (ever) NEWA Championship title this weekend, boasting three individual weight class champions Kyle Roosa ’13 at 174 pounds, Jefferson Ajayi ’13 at 184, and Luke Erickson ’12 at 197. Wesleyan scored 126 team points to narrowly defeat the 10-time defending NEWA champ Springfield by only 0.5 points.
This is athletically historic, as the last Wesleyan NEWA championship was back in 1984, and not since 1982 have there been three Wesleyan individual weight class champions. Gideon Levy ’13 notes, “because our victory was by half a point, the lowest possible to win, the margin of error was small, making it a true team effort.” Joey Schwartz ’14 writes about the importance of the team as a unit:
“In our championship yesterday one single person cannot be distinguished for carrying the team to victory. It took a collective team effort and everybody (even the guys who didn’t wrestle) put in the time, in and out of season, with hard work and dedication and a mind set towards one goal— to win a new england championship. Finally, at the end of the season, reaching this goal and having contributed greatly to the cause is a beyond awesome feeling and I wouldn’t rather be anywhere else than on the Wesleyan Cardinal wrestling team this season. We have made history and its pretty damn sweet that I can say I was a part of that.”