The MIT Wrestling team competed at The Esquivel Duals and defeated both Yale University and the University of Rhode Island by the same score of 30-24 on Saturday. Freshman, Keith Skaggs won both of his matches by fall. Grad student, Jacob Adams won 3 matches, 2 by pin and 1 forfeit extending his win streak to 7. Junior George Friedlander was 2 and 0 on the day. Senior captain Frank Soucy and Johnathon Brown won both of their matches by fall. Grad student and first year wrestler Brendan O’Neill lost 2 hard fought matches.

The team travels to the University of New Hampshire on Sunday, February 17th to compete at the Henry Marsh Invitational.

The MIT Wrestling team traveled to Mesquite, NV to compete at the NCWA National Duals on January 25th and 26th. MIT upset the number 10th seed, Richland College by a score of 28-27 to finish in 12th place.

157 pounder, Jacob Adams was 5 and 1 on the weekend with 3 technical falls. Jacob is making constant improvements from week to week and is shaking off the rust from a 4 year hiatus.

133 pounder, Keith Skaggs got 3 wins on the weekend and beat 1 of his opponents he lost to the day before. Senior captain, Frank Soucy had 3 wins on the weekend including a pin and a technical fall. He fought back in his first match of the weekend, down 10-1 before pinning his opponent in the 3rd period. Senior captain, Jonathon Brown also had 3 wins on the weekend including 2 pins.

Overall, Coach Layte and Coach Bosco were pleased with the effort from each guy. They feel the team wrestled well but still has work to do before the conference and national tournament. We need to get back in the practice room to improve on our weaknesses and work on attacking more says Coach Bosco. Coach Layte stated “We need to keep working hard to improve our conditioning and each wrestlers game plan.

MIT hosts Yale University and the University of Rhode Island on Saturday, February 2nd at the Esquivel Duals.

The MIT wrestling team traveled to Plymouth State University on Saturday, January 12th to compete at the Jim Aguiar Invitational.  MIT finished in 10th place as a team.  Freshman, 125 pounder Keith Skaggs was 4 and 1 on the day finishing in 3rd place.  Keith lost his first match and then won 4 straight and in the process defeated the wrestler who beat him in the first round.  He greatly improved from match to match.  Jacob Adams went 2 and 2 at 149 pounds.  Jonathon Brown went 1 and 1 at heavyweight and had to default out due to an ankle injury.  Frank Soucy lost 2 hard fought matches at 174.  You can review the results at: https://arena.flowrestling.org/event/b8db89ea-aba9-4f9d-a32d-6bf6fe678752

The team travels to Mesquite, Nevada next Thursday, January 26th to compete at the NCWA National Duals.  Wrestling starts Friday, January 27th at 10am.

The MIT wrestling team finished in 12th place at the Ted Reese invitational held at the University of Southern Maine on Saturday, December 1st.  Freshman, Keith Skaggs had a good day placing in his first college tournament.  He finished in 4th place at 125 pounds.   Coach Layte was happy with the effort each wrestler gave.  Even though we did not get the results we wanted, each guy gave 100% in each match.  The team will return to competition on Saturday, January 12th at Plymouth State competing in the Jim Aguiar Invitational.

You can view the Ted Reese results by clicking on the link below:

https://arena.flowrestling.org/event/e230b465-3403-4b47-8993-bdc65849e792

The MIT Wrestling Team traveled to Troy, NY and defeated Northeastern University 28-9 and defeated RPI 25-18.  All of the MIT wrestlers each registered at least 1 win.  Freshman, Keith Skaggs went 3-0 on the day including a pin.  Junior, Spencer Kelleher went 1-2.  Grad student, Jacob Adam went 2-0 on the day including a major and a technical fall.  Grad student, Brendan O’Neill went 2-1 on the day including a 14-0 win.  Senior captain, Frank Soucy went 2-0 on the day including a technical fall.  Senior captain, Jonathan Brown went 2-0 on the day including a pin against RPI that won the dual for the Engineers.  The Engineers were up 19-18 in the heavyweight match win Brown scored the fall at 5:29.  Coach Layte was very happy with how the team performed today.  “Today was a good day from the standpoint of seeing where we are at and what we have to improve on.   We have a lot to work on but I really liked the effort every guy put forward.”

The Engineers next competition is the Ted Reese Tournament hosted by the University of Southern Maine on Saturday, December 1st.

The MIT Wrestling team is looking forward to the 2018-2019 season.  We have a strong mix of veterans and newcomers.  The team will be lead by senior captain, Frank Soucy, senior, Jonathon Brown and junior, Ryan Shubert.   Coach Layte and Coach Bosco are very excited about the outlook for the season.  We also welcome four-year MIT wrestler, Jose Velarde to the coaching staff.  Jose also known as “Pepe” will be mainly working with the light weights.

Below is a brief overview of each wrestler on the team.

Freshman, Keith Skaggs is from West Virginia.  Keith was a four-time state place winner and graduated as the winningest wrestler in school history.  He will compete at 125 pounds.

Freshman, Albert Garcia is from Texas and is new to the sport. He will compete at 133 pounds.

Freshman, Spencer Kelleher is from New Jersey and is new to the sport.  He will compete at either 149 or 157 pounds.

Grad student, Jacob Adams graduated from Virginia Tech and is originally from Virginia.  He was a state place winner and had a 110 wins in high school.  He will compete at either 149 or 157.

Junior, Ryan Shubert is from Maryland and was 2nd in the state.  Ryan competed for MIT as a freshman and placed 2nd in the Northeast Conference tournament and is an NCWA national qualifier.  He will compete at 165 pounds.

Senior, captain Frank Soucy is from Massachusetts.  He is a three-year varsity wrestler and is a two-time NCWA national qualifier.  Frank will start the season at 184 pounds and move down to 174 pounds.

Senior, George Friedlander returns to the team after a two-year hiatus.  He is from New York and will compete at 184 pounds.

Grad student, Brendan O’Neil graduated from the University of Florida and is originally from Florida.  Brendan joined the Navy after college and has a rank of Lieutenant  Commander.  He will compete at either 184 or 197 pounds.

Senior, Jonathon Brown enters his third season.  He was an NCWA national qualifier as a freshman.  He will compete at 235 pounds.

The team kicks the season off traveling to RPI on Saturday, November 17th for a tri-meet with RPI and Northeastern.  Wrestling starts at 11am.

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.

The MIT Wrestling team traveled to Lynchburg, Virginia this past weekend to compete in the NCWA National Duals.  MIT won 1 dual meet and lost 5. MIT had to Forfeit 5 weight classes each match.  Senior, Captain Joe Lowman was 5 and 1 on the weekend.  He lost a tough 8-2 match to the number 3 ranked wrestler in the NCWA.  Joe finished the day with 2 pins, 1 major, 1 decision and 1 forfeit.  Junior Matt Chun went 4 and 3 on the weekend.  Senior, Jose Velrde went 3 and 3 on the weekend.  Freshman, Ryan Shubert was 2 and 4 on the day.  Ryan had a tough draw as he wrestled 3 All-Americans on the weekend, including the number 1 ranked wrestler at his weight.  Sophomore, Jonathon Brown was 2 and 3 on the weekend and Sophomore Frank Soucy was 1 and 3.  Even though we did not win many dual meets, the guys wrestled very well and are constantly improving.  The team travels to UNH on Sunday, February 5th for the New England Championships.