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.

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.

Durham, NH – Wrestling this past weekend at the New England Championships hosted at the University of New Hampshire, the engineers had eight place-winners and one champion, junior captain Drew Esquivel at 133 lbs. The engineers had 13 bonus point victories, including seven pins and three technical falls. Placing alongside Esquivel were Matt Chun (champion at 125lbs), Nina Manning (fifth at 133lbs), Pepe Velarde (champion at 141lbs), Trevor Romero (third at 149lbs), Joe Lowman (third at 184lbs), Jonathon Brown (third at 197lbs), and Raoul Khouri (second at 235lbs). Also competing for the engineers was Frank Soucy at 174lbs. The engineers are back in action on February 7th for the Groundhog Invitational Tournament at Amherst College.