Cambridge, MA – Wrestling at home in their competition before the regular season, the Engineers hosted a tri-meet with Yale and the University of New Hampshire, beating Yale 46-7 and UNH 50-4. Undefeated on the day were wrestlers Drew Esquivel, Pepe Velarde, Trevor Romero, Jordan Wick, Frank Soucy, Joe Lowman, and Jonathon Brown. Matt Chun, Grant Genzman, and Raoul Khouri were 1-1 on the day, and Nina Manning was 0-1. Frank Soucy led the team with two pins on the day. The engineers return to action on February 27th for the NCWA NEC National Qualifier at UNH.
Amherst, MA – Bolstered by 17 bonus point victories, including 14 pins, the MIT Engineers finished fourth place at the Groundhog Invitational Tournament hosted by Amherst College. Matt Chun and Drew Esquivel finished in second place at the 125 and 133 pound weight classes respectively. Pepe Velarde was also in action at 133 pounds and finished in third place. Freshmen Jonathon Brown and Jordan Wick finished third and fourth at 197 and 147 pounds. Brown went 4-1 on the day, including 3 pins, and he now leads the team with 10 on the season. Wick finished 3-2 on the day and recorded two pins. Competing in the women’s division for the first time all season was Nina Manning who, despite finishing 0-2 on the day, wrestled very well. Also wrestling for the engineers but failing to place were Trevor Romero (1-2 at 149 lbs), Grant Genzman (2-2 at 165 lbs), Frank Soucy (1-2 at 174 lbs), and Joe Lowman (2-2 at 184 lbs). The engineers are back in action on February 13th when they host their first home meet since 2013.