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.

The MIT Wrestling team traveled to Plymouth State University for the Jim Aguiar Tournament on Saturday, January 14th.

Senior, Captain, Joe Lowman won the 197 pound weight class making this his third tournament in a row.  He had two pins and wore out his finals opponent winning in the finals 12-6.  Joe currently has a ten match winning streak and a current record of 14 and 4.

Freshman, Ryan Shubert got his second win of the year via pin. Junior,  Matt Chun and Sophomore, Frank Soucy also competed well on the weekend.  The team finished in 8th place.

You can see the full results at d3wrestle.com.  Then click on Weekend results 1/13-1/15 and finally click on Plymouth State Jim Aguiar Tournament.

TheMIT Wrestling Team will travel to the National Duals in Lynchburg, VA hosted by Liberty University on January 27th and 28th.

The MIT Wrestling team traveled to Williams College for the Williams Open on Saturday January 7th.  Senior, Captain, Joe Lowman won the 197 pound weight class in dominating fashion.  He had 2 pins on the day and a tough 7-6 win.  He was unscored upon going into his finals match. Coach Bosco states, “Joe just keeps getting better and better every week.  His opponents cannot wrestle with him for an entire seven minute match.  You can see the guys fading in the third period and Joe is wrestling like it is the first minute of the match.”  Joe has won his last 7 matches and is currently 11 and 4.   This is Joe’s second tournament win in a row.

Junior, Matt Chun finished in fourth place in the 125 pound weight class.  Matt lost two tough matches but never stopped competing. Freshman Ryan Shubert got his first college win and finished on the day with one win and 2 losses.  Coach Layte sees Ryan confidence improving every week.  He is more offensive and is starting to realize what the college wrestling pace and intensity is all about.  Junior Frank Soucy also had a win on the day. Senior, Jose Velarde won one and lost one then defaulted in his third match due to injury.  No team scores were kept.

Coach Shames, Coach Bosco, and Coach Layte all came out of retirement and wrestled as well. Coach Shames and Coach Bosco went 1 and 1, and Coach Layte went 2 and 1.  Coach Shames said wrestling in this tournament made him realize he is getting old. Coach Bosco said this is a young man’s game.  We all had fun showing the guys on the team that we wrestle just like we preach. The team travels to the Plymouth State Jim Aguiar Tournament on Saturday, January 14th.

The MIT Wrestling Team traveled to the Ted Reese Invitational in Gorham Maine on December 3rd.  MIT finished in 10th place.  Senior, captain, Joe Lowman won the 197 pound weight class in dominating fashion.  Joe was 3 and 0 on the day with 1 technical fall and 2 pins.  This is Joe’s first tournament win.  Joe was on a mission.  He was attacking and pressuring his opponents right off the whistle and would not let up until the match was over.  Coach Bosco said this is the best Joe has looked in his 4 years at MIT.  Junior, Matt Chun was 1 and 2 on the day with a technical fall.  Junior Raoul Khouri was also 1 and 2 on the day with a pin.  Sophomore, Frank Soucy wrestled tough going 0 and 2 on the day.  Freshman, Ryan Shubert wrestled well, losing 2 close matches going 0 and 2 on the day.  If you wish to view the results please go to:  http://southernmainehuskies.com/sports/wrest/2016-17/files/2016_Ted_Reese_Invitational_Final.pdf

This was the teams last competition of the semester as they get ready for finals.  The teams next competition will be at the Williams Open in Williamstown Massachusetts on Saturday, January 7th.   The team and coaches wish you all a very happy holiday season and a happy new year.

Springfield, MA – The MIT Wrestling Team traveled to the Doug Parker Invitational in Springfield, MA on November 19th. MIT finished in 15th place.  Senior, captain, Joe Lowman, finished in 5th place in the 197 pound weight class. He was 4-2 on the day. He lost in the quarters to the number 1 seed by a score of 14-12. Joe almost won the match.  He tilted his opponent in the final seconds just missing getting the near fall points. Junior Raoul Khouri was 1-2 on the day as was Sophomore Frank Soucy.  MIT will travel to Gorham, Maine on Saturday December 3rd to compete in the Ted Reese Invitational.  This will be the final competition of the semester.

The MIT Wrestling Team and coaches wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving.

Bristol, RI -The MIT Wrestling Team traveled to the Roger Williams Tournament in Bristol, Rhode Island on November 12th.  The tournament had 4 of the top 10 NCAA division III teams.  MIT finished in 12th place. Highlights were senior, Joe Lowman getting his first win of the year and finishing 1 and 2 on the day.  Junior, Trevor Romero also got his first win of the season via a pin and finished 1 and 2 on the day.  Senior, Jose Velarde got his 2nd win of the season and also finished 1 and 2.  The others wrestled well but came up short.  The coaches saw a lot of positive things to build on.  Every guy gave a great effort in every match.  What we are most proud of is that they never stopped wrestling no matter what the score was.  They all showed tremendous  effort, determination and grit.  The team travels to Springfield College on November 19th to compete in the Doug Parker Invitational.

Troy, NY – The MIT Wrestling Team traveled on November 5th to RPI in Troy, New York to compete in the RPI Duals against RPI, The University of Massachusetts, The University of Connecticut and Springfield Tech Community College.  MIT did not have all of its team members. We competed very well but lost all four duals.  Sophomore, Frank Soucy went 2 and 2 on the day with 2 technical falls.  Junior Raoul Khouri was also 2 and 2 with a pin and a decision.  Senior, Jose Velarde was 1 and 3 on the day getting a pin.  This was our first competition of the year and was a good measuring stick to see where we are and what we need to improve on before the Roger Williams Tournament on November 12th.