2016. India. Dir: Nitesh Tiwari. With Aamir Khan, Fatima Sana Shaikh. 161 min.
A former wrestler challenges the stigmas of his village by training his daughters into world-class brawlers. After all, “a gold medal is a gold medal, whether it’s a boy or a girl.” Deftly combining the sentimentality of Bollywood and the realism of parallel cinema, this sports biopic has won the hearts of millions across the world.
Come to the Bacon Field House in the Freeman Athletic Center this Saturday to watch your cardinals go to battle against nationally ranked foe Wilkes College and conference rival Rhode Island College. Action starts at 1 p.m. in the Bacon Field House against Wilkes.Wesleyan takes on Rhode Island College at 4:30 p.m.
Date: Today, December 8th Time: 1pm, 4:30pm Place: Bacon Field House
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 ’13notes, “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 ’14writes 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.”
Defeating #3 Plymouth St, and #4 Williams for the second time in a two-week stretch, the Cardinals, ranked #2 in NEWA, swept a four-team competition hosted by Williams Sat., Feb. 5, downing PSU, 39-4, Williams, 30-10, as well as Oneonta St., 24-15, to run its record on the year to 15-3-1.
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!
Wes wrestlers Dan Bloom 10 (photo inset upper right) and Greg Hurd 10 (main photo) are New England champions at 125 and 174 pounds, respectively, after placing first in their weight class at the New England Wrestling Association (NEWA) Championships this weekend. Both will head to the NCAA Championships for the second straight year, as Bloom was the New England champion at 125 last year as well while Hurd was a wild-card selection after placing second. Josh Berkovic 10 placed second at 165 for the second straight year, and Luke Erickson 12 (third at 197), Howard Tobochnik 13 (fifth at 141), Zach Rolfe 10 (fifth at 184), and Dave Bachy 10 (sixth at 157) were all named all-New England by virtue of their top-six finishes.
Wes tied for third at the meet with Johnson & Wales (95 team points each), behind only Williams (128.5 team points) and Springfield (100.5 team points). Also, 12th-year head coach/lifesaver and all-around awesome guy Drew Black (photo inset lower right) was named NEWA Coach of the Year, and Wes was recognized for having the highest team GPA of the 14 NEWA schools.
The NCAAs are March 5-6 at Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Keep it up, guys!
Kudos to Wes wrestling coach Drew Black, who earned his 100th career win in the red and black as the team flattened Coast Guard 33-9 on Sunday. Coach Black has been at Wesleyan since 1998 and led the team to a record 17 wins in 2001-02. He’s also one of the nicest/coolest people I’ve ever met, and it’s great to see him get the accolades he deserves.
It’s also worth mentioning here that superstud 125-pounder/Fauver Frosh RA Dan Bloom ’10 went 4-0 over the weekend, making him 25-1 on the year. Fellow stud Greg Hurd ’10 won each of his four bouts at 174 pounds, raising his overall record to 25-2. Both are ranked 10th nationally in their respective weight classes. Well done, boys.