Good morning wrestling fans. Today’s topic is the results of the New England Wrestling Association’s (NEWAs) JV tournament that was held on Sunday February 14th at Springfield College.

Before we get to the results, let me first congratulate all of the JV wrestlers. The JV wrestlers are the unsung heroes of the team. Theirs is a difficult task: they go to practice each day and work as hard as the varsity athlete, pushing themselves and their practice partners to improve and to get their shot at varsity status in “wrestle offs” (i.e., matches between wrestlers at the same weight class for purposes of selecting the varsity wrestler). JV wrestlers have to manage their weight and go through the same physical and mental preparation to be ready to compete on match day (e.g., in case the coach wants to manipulate the lineup to create favorable match ups between select wrestlers, or to step in should an injury occur). In dual meets, JV wrestlers often compete in “exhibitions” (a match where the outcome does not accumulate toward the team score) against the opponents JV wrestlers.

Williams sent twelve of its wrestlers to complete in the tournament. Overall, they had a very successful tournament with half of the team placing (1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and two 5th place finishes).

At Heavyweight, it was an all Williams’ final pitting teammates Nikola Mirkovic against Colin Curzi. Mirkovic won an exciting 7-4 decision to take 1st with Curzi taking 2nd. At 133, Kiason Tanabe went 3-1 to take 3rd place. Kyle Martin went 2-2 and took 4th place at 157. Taking 5th place was Scott Sanderson at 157 (going 3-2) and Rob Brackup (going 4-2) at 165. The following wrestlers went 2-2 on the day and just missed placing; Anthony Miceli at 141 and Sam Brinkley at 149. Also competing for Williams but falling in closely contested matches included Brian Kim at 149, Paul Fraulo and Zeb Levine at 165 and Mir Henglin at 174.

Guys, congratulations on a great tournament and thank you for all you do for the team!

My next post will preview this weekend’s NEWA Tournament that qualifies wrestlers for NCAA Nationals.

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