Wrestlers Begin Year with Wins at Roger Williams OpenBy Han Chou
The wrestling team began its season at the Roger Williams University Open this past Saturday.
Having lost just a few starting varsity wrestlers from the previous season and seeing the return of several other wrestlers from injuries, the team began this tournament with high expectations.
These expectations were fulfilled early. Several wrestlers battled their way through to the semifinal rounds, where competition stiffened.
Both Ivan Aguayo '00 (134 lbs.) and captain Matt Ziskin '98 (167 lbs.) were contenders to finish first, but lost close semifinal matches to the eventual winners of their respective weight classes. Both followed up with two dominating wins to finish third place in the tournament.
Other notable individual performances include captain Andrew Migliano '98 (heavyweight), who had five wins and one loss on the day to finish at third place.
Han Chou G (118 lbs.) won an exciting semifinal match with a tie-breaking takedown late in the third period, but was beaten in the championship bout. Chou finished at second in the tournament.
Newcomers Jarad Vasquez '01 (heavyweight) and Daniel Bush '01 (177 lbs.) also wrestled well. Both were able to put together wins but did not place in the top four.
The team is confident that the season ahead will yield even better results. Some wrestlers, including Aguayo, are planning on dropping to lower weight classes for more serious competition later in the season.
The team will be heading to Springfield College for another wrestling tournament this Saturday.
The next home meet is on Dec. 4 at 7 p.m. in the DuPont Gym.