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Kirchberger Takes Third at 165 at NEWA Futures

Photo by Lianne Yun '18
Photo by Lianne Yun '18

-- Recap by Dom Vazquez '19 --

HARTFORD, Conn. - The Wesleyan wrestling team took a short road trip to Trinity College on Sunday to compete in the NEWA Futures Tournament. Tucker Kirchberger highlighted the day as he went 5-1 en route to a third-place finish in the 165-pound weight class. Kirchberger worked his way back from an early loss and defeated the top two-seeded wrestlers in his weight class in impressive fashion.

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Kirchberger started off with a bye and was then pinned in his first match. In the consolation bracket, he earned two tough decision victories followed by a quick pin to reach the semifinals. After another win by decision, Kirchberger won the final match by pin in 20 seconds to take third.
  • Greg Fischer wrestled at 125 pounds for Wesleyan, losing a tough match by decision in the first round and losing by pin in the consolation bracket.
  • Both Kasim Khan and Andrew Hennessy wrestled in the 133-pound bracket for the Cardinals. Khan lost his first-round match but came back with a pin in the consolation bracket before losing his second consolation match by major decision. Hennessy went 0-2 on the day.
  • The Cardinals entered three competitors at 285 pounds. Owen Verespy and Karl Seitz both suffered tough losses in the first round, while Krzysztof Nizielski lost in the second round after a first-round bye. Verespy then won two matches by pin before suffering his second defeat in sudden death overtime, going 2-2. Seitz won his first consolation match by pin to set up a match against Nizielski, which Nizielski won. Nizielski then lost his next match by pin.

UP NEXT:

  • Next weekend the Cardinals embark on the road to the NCAA National Championships as they head to Johnson and Wales for the NCAA Northeast Regional Tournament, which kicks off Saturday, February 23rd at 11:00 a.m.