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Wrestling Prepares for Northeast Regional Championships

Photo by Amber Dimitroff '16
Photo by Amber Dimitroff '16

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. ? The Wesleyan University wrestling team is slated to compete in the two-day, 2016 NCAA Division III Northeast Regional Championships this Saturday, Feb. 27 in the Springfield College Field House.

THE BASICS
The Northeast Regional Championship is an NCAA qualifying tournament in which the top-three individual placers - in each weight class - earn a bid to the NCAA Division III National Championship March 11-12 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

The opening round of the regionals will begin Saturday at 11 a.m., and will wrap up around 7:30 p.m. Sunday's semifinals and consolation quarterfinals will begin at 10 a.m., with championship finals and third/fourth place matches starting at approximately 2 p.m. Springfield College will serve as this year's host, and all of the tournament information can be found at the championship central page HERE

PREVIEW
The regional championship consists of 18-teams, including five of the top-25 nationally ranked programs ? No. 3 Roger Williams University, No. 6 SUNY Cortland, No. 9 Ithaca College, No. 12 Johnson & Wales University and No. 16 Williams College. With an 11-8 regular season record in dual-matches, Wesleyan finished fourth in the New England Wrestling Association (NEWA) Conference, which is comprised of 15 teams.

The Cardinals boast a solid squad from top-to-bottom in the 10 different weight classes (125, 133, 141, 149, 157, 165, 174, 184, 197, 285). Senior captains Chris Siracusa and Taran Carr have excelled in their final seasons with the program, and look to continue that success this weekend. Siracusa is a staggering 27-5 overall in the 157-pound weight class and was named the NEWA Wrestler of the Week on Feb. 9, while Carr possesses an impressive 27-9 mark at 174.

In addition to the Cardinals talented and experienced upperclassmen, Wesleyan will also look to sophomores Isaiah Bellamy and Devon Carrillo to continue their strong seasons. Bellamy, a captain in just his second season with the program, is 27-9 this year at 285 pounds, while two-sport athlete Carrillo has just one loss in 2015-16 and is a remarkable 11-1 from the 197-pound class.

"The preparations for the weekend have been great," said head coach Drew Black. "The team is healthy and excited to compete.

PROJECTED LINEUP
125 ? Dylan Jones, Fr. (13-10)
133 ? Frank Crippen, Jr. (13-11)
141 ? James Matias, Fr. (13-3)
149 ? Chris Siracusa>Carter Armendarez, So. (25-14)
157 ? Chris SiracusaTaran Carr5)
165 ? Roy Rorys, Fr. (5-10)
174 ? Taran Carr, Sr. (27-9)
184 ? Dominic Pirraglia, Devon Carrillollamy_isaiah_42cz">Isaiah Bellamy> 197 ? Devon Carrillo, Jr. (11-1)
285 ? Isaiah Bellamy, So. (27-9)