The MIT wrestling team traveled to the University of New Hampshire for the Northeast Conference Championships which is the NCWA national qualifier.  Five wrestler qualified for the national tournament.  MIT had three wrestlers in the finals.  Junior, Matt Chun placed 2nd at 125 pounds.  Freshman, Ryan Shubert was seeded sixth.  He defeated the number two and number seven seed to make it to the finals and lost to the number one seed at 165 pounds.  Senior, Joe Lowman placed second at 197 pounds.  Senior, Jose Velarde bounced back from a first round loss and finished fifth at 141 pounds.  Sophomore, Frank Soucy finshed in seventh place at 174 pounds and was awarded a wild card to nationals.  Sophomore Jonathan Brown finished in seventh place at 197 pounds.  Junior, Raoul Khouri also finished in seventh place at 235 pounds.  The results will be posted on the NCWA.net website shortly.

The team is now preparing for the NCWA national tournament in Allen, Texas which begins on Thursday, March 9th and finishes on Saturday, March 11th.  The team will travel to Allen on Wednesday, March 10th.  If you’re in the area please come by the Allen Event Center and cheer on the team.  You can also go to the NCWA.net website and watch the national tournament online.

The MIT wrestling team hosted the first annual Andrew Esquivel Duals in memory of Andrew Esquivel at MIT on Saturday, February 11th.  Attending the duals were the University of Massachusetts, the University of New Hampshire and Yale University.  MIT won both matches on the day defeating Yale 31 to 24 and the University of Massachusetts 23-18.  Senior, Jose Velarde was dominant on the day as he got 4 wins, 1 by fall, 1 by technical fall, 1 by a major decision and 1 forfeit.  Sophomore, Frank Soucy won both his matches in impressive fashion, both by technical fall outscoring his opponents 32 to 1.  Junior, Matthew Chun went 2 and 1 wining by a pin and a technical fall.  Junior Raoul Khouri won both his matches including a pin.  Joe Lowman, Ryan Shubert and Jonathon Brown all won 1 match on the day.

The team is now preparing for the Northeast Conference tournament which is the national qualifier.  It will be held at the University of New Hampshire on Saturday February 25th at 10am.  If you’re in the area, please come and cheer the team on.   You can view the results below:

MIT 31        Yale 24
125    No match
133    Tyler Petrochko Yale wins by fall 2:03 over Matt Chun MIT
141    Jose Velarde MIT win by major decision 10-1 over Andrew Spinelli Yale
149    Huy Truong Yale wins by forfeit
157    Dennis Vu Yale wins by forfeit
165    Ryan Shubert MIT wins by fall 0:57 over Dustin Nguyen Yale
174    Peter Williamson Yale wins by forfeit
184    Frank Soucy MIT wins by technical fall 16-1 4:38 over Alex Jang Yale
197    Joe Lowman wins by fall 1:08 over Jonathan Ranirez Yale
235    Jonathan Brown MIT wins by major decision 8-0 over Damian Apollo Yale
285    Raoul Khouri MIT wins by fall Patrick Binder Yale

Exhibition matches
133    Matthew Chun MIT wins by technical fall 18-0 3:41
149    Jose Velarde MIT wins by fall 2:55 over Dennis Vu Yale
149    Jose Velarde MIT wins by fall 3:56 over Huy Truong Yale

MIT 23  UMASS 18
125    No match
133    Matthew Chun MIT wins by fall 2:09 over William Martin UMASS
141    Jose Velarde MIT wins by forfeit
149    No match
157    Thomas Beard UMASS wins by forfeit
165    No match
174    Zach Woods UMASS wins by decision 7-4 over Ryan Shubert MIT
184    Frank Soucy wins by technical fall 16-0 2:36 over Nick Kioussis UMASS
197    Joe Fallon UMASS wins by fall 0:53 over Joe Lowman MIT
235    Conrad Lavoie UMASS wins by decision 6-3 over Jonathan Brown MIT
285    Raoul Khouri MIT wins by forfeit

The MIT wrestling team traveled to the University of New Hampshire on Sunday, February 5th to compete in the New England Championships.  MIT had only 4 wrestlers compete.  They all reached the finals of their perspective weight classes.  Senior, captain Joe Lowman won the 197 pound weight class.  Senior, Jose Velarde placed 2nd in the 133 pound weight class.  Junior, Matthew Chun placed 2nd in the 125 pound weight class and freshman, Ryan Shubert placed 2nd in the 165 pound weight class.

The last competition for the team before the conference tournament is on Saturday, February 11th at MIT.  The event is called the Andrew Esquivel Duals, in memory of Drew.   Wrestling will start at 10am in DuPont gym.  MIT will be wrestling Yale and the University of Massachusetts.  We will also be honoring our 2 seniors, Joe Lowman and Jose Velarde.  Please come and cheer the team on.