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wesleyan WRESTLING 2018-19 SEASON PREVIEW

The Wesleyan University wrestling team kicks off the 2018-19 season on Saturday, November 10th at the Roger Williams Tournament.

Head Coach drew black

"Last season, it was 'Believeland' with an 18th place finish at the NCAA Championships, two All-Americans (third and eighth), along with the No. 1 and No. 3 pinners in the country. This team has graduated a special class, but we have another exceptional senior class ready to leave their mark, along with a talented freshman group and very experienced sophomore and junior classes. This is a great combination of experience and a new talent centered on 'No Limitations.' I am looking for this team to improve, achieve, succeed and finish far and deep come the post season. 'No limitations, only expectations,' on our road to Roanoke, Va."

Coach Black has been at the helm of Wesleyan wrestling for 20 years and owns a 204-169-2 career record. He will be assisted this year by Devon Carrillo '17, Niko Filippakis, Victor Ekpenyong, Matt Moran and Dan DiCenzo. The team went 12-7 last year for its third-straight winning season.

KEY RETURNERS

James matias - CAPTAIN

  • Hometown: Rocky Point, N.Y.
  • High School: Rocky Point
  • Class: 2019
  • Weight Class: 141

Matias has been a solid contributor to the Cardinals' success since he joined the program during the 2015-16 season. As a freshman, he was named to the All-NEWA Rookie Team and has been named an All-NEWA Honorable Mention as a sophomore and junior. Last year, he posted a 22-10 record and finished fourth at the New England Regionals.

SHANE ROSS - CAPTAIN

  • Hometown: Dallas, Texas
  • High School: Jesuit College Prep
  • Class: 2019
  • Weight Class: 149

Ross has had his last two seasons cut short due to injury, but finished 14-10 as a sophomore and went 8-4 as a junior. Last year, he had four wins by decision, one major, two technical falls, and one pin.

zach murillo - captain

  • Hometown: Southington, Conn.
  • High School: Southington
  • Class: 2019
  • Weight Class: 125

Murillo went 21-7 last season wrestling at 125 and was one win away from placing at the 2018 New England Regionals. He won 11 matches by decision, two by major decision, and three by pins. Murillo was named an All-NEWA Honorable Mention last year.

SIMON CHEE

  • Hometown: Flushing, N.Y.
  • High School: Benjamin Cardozo
  • Class: 2021
  • Weight Class: 197

Chee joined the team as a freshman last year and made an immediate impact. His 15-21 record is misleading, as Chee lost 12 matches by one or two points. Coach Black expects a turnaround season for the sophomore.

Harrison karp

  • Hometown: Charlotte, N.C.
  • High School: Charlotte Latin School
  • Class: 2021
  • Weight Class: 285

Karp saw action in 16 matches last year as a freshman and figures to see that number rise following the graduation of All-American Isaiah Bellamy '18 in the spring. The North Carolina native went 9-7 with three pins during his rookie campaign.

Roy forys

  • Hometown: Carlstadt, N.J.
  • High School: Henry P. Becton
  • Class: 2019
  • Weight Class: 165

After a year removed from competition, Forys looks to make a significant impact on the mats this season. The senior went 12-7 overall at 165 as a sophomore with 10 wins by decision and two by major decision.

dylan jones

  • Hometown: Portland, Ore.
  • High School: Lincoln
  • Class: 2019
  • Weight Class: 133

Jones is a year removed from competition, but returns to the Cardinals in 2018-19 after recording an 18-16 record at 133 two season ago. He finished one win away from placing at the 2017 New England Regionals.

Amir daouk

  • Hometown: Londonderry, N.H.
  • High School: Tabor Academy
  • Class: 2020
  • Weight Class: 125/133

Daouk is coming off an impressive sophomore campaign and will look to build on that this season. A 2018 All-NEWA Honorable Mention, he finished the year with a 24-12 record and placed fifth overall at the New England Regionals.

the newcomers

greg fischer

  • Hometown: New Windsor, N.Y.
  • High School: Newburgh Free Academy
  • Weight Class: 125

Fischer finished sixth at the New York State (NYS) Wrestling Championships.

marco gaita

  • Hometown: Long Valley, N.J.
  • High School:
  • Weight Class: 174

Gaita placed fifth at the 2018 NJSIAA State Championship (New Jersey) and is a two-time state qualifier.

aaron goldman

  • Hometown: Dallas, Texas
  • High School: Richardson JJ Pearce
  • Weight Class: 149/157

Goldman took third place at the 2018 UIL Boy's State Championship in Texas and reached the Round of 16 at the Fargo Junior Nationals.

Tucker kirchberger

  • Hometown: Annandale, N.J.
  • High School: North Hunterdon
  • Weight Class: 157

First year Kirchberger was a New Jersey State Qualifier.

duncan kreutter

  • Hometown: Plainsboro, N.J.
  • High School:
  • Weight Class: 184

Kreutter was a New Jersey district placer and Regional qualifier.

owen verespy

  • Hometown: Lansdale, Pa.
  • High School: North Penn
  • Weight Class: 285

Verespy finished in the top-12 in Pennsylvania at 220.

Drew Black enters his 21st season at the helm of Wesleyan wrestling.

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