By Dom Vazquez '19
BRISTOL, R.I. – The Wesleyan University wrestling team fought its way to a fourth-place finish out of 12 schools in its season opener at the Roger Williams Invitational on Saturday.
Wesleyan finished the tournament with a total of 96 points, behind only Johnson and Wales (153.5), host Roger Williams (132), and Messiah College (108). Dylan Jones '19 was Wesleyan's highest individual placer of the tournament, finishing in second place in the 133-pound bracket.
- Zack Murillo '19 wrestled at 125 and finished the tournament with a record of 3-2 with a fifth-place finish.
- Both Jones and Andrew Hennessy '21 prospered at 133, with Hennessy going 2-2 while Jones went 4-1 with an impressive technical fall under his belt before losing in the finals.
- James Matias '19 wrestled at 141 and won three straight by decision in the championship bracket before falling in the semi-finals. He eventually placed fourth with a record of 4-2.
- Shane Ross '19 competed at 149 and won his first match via pin and his second via majority decision. Ross would finish the tournament at 4-2.
- Freshmen Aaron Goldman and Tucker Kirchberger both competed in their first collegiate tournament in the 157lb bracket. Goldman finished with a record of 3-2 while Kirchberger went 0-2 on the day.
- Roy Forys '19 excelled at 165, winning two matches via pin in the championship bracket and two matches via decision in the consolation bracket. Forys finished 4-2 and earned himself a sixth-place finish.
- Marco Gaita '22 wrestled at 174 and won two matches in the championship bracket. He then won two matches in the consolation bracket for a 4-2 finish and sixth place.
- Competing at 197 was senior Simon Chee who won his first two matches by pin in the first period and won a consolation match by major decision to finish at 3-2 and in fourth place.
- Junior Krzysztof Nizielski wrestled at 285 for the Cardinals and finished 0-2 on the day.
- The Cardinals are back on the mats on Saturday, Nov. 17 at the Doug Parker Invitational hosted by Springfield College. The first round starts at 10 a.m.