CHICAGO – The consistent buildup and development of talent paid dividends last February for the University of Chicago wrestling team.
The Maroons broke through against conference rivals New York University, utilizing clutch pins to knock off the Violets 21-19 and win the University Athletic Association team title.
UChicago brings back the vast majority of last year's contributors, and with another quality incoming class in tow, the squad is preparing to take the next big step to compete on the national stage in 2018-19.
Head Coach Leo Kocher enters his 40th season at the helm of the Maroons. His 29-man squad includes seven seniors, six juniors, eight sophomores and eight first-years. Last year's group featured a large contingent of rookies and sophomores who made an impact on the starting lineup. With another year of seasoning and a veteran senior class, Kocher feels confident in his group's abilities.
"We have a group that is convinced we can be among the best in Division III and is determined to do so," Kocher said. "As coaches, we are excited to see the team members doing the leading when it comes to setting and enforcing training standards. Our coaching staff will be supplying the challenges and guidance to get us to where the team aspires to be."
UChicago's seniors have seen plenty of action entering their fourth year. Nick Ferraro (174 pounds) posted a 17-9 record last year and picked up a pair of pins at UAAs. Ferraro owns a career record of 80-40. Louis DeMarco (12-11 record) has been a lineup regular at 133 pounds, while Jason Lynch (184 pounds) and Patrick Mulkerin (285 pounds) have been mainstays at the higher weights. Lynch has tallied 17 technical falls over the past three seasons.