ITHACA, N.Y. – It was a day of firsts as the 2019-20 season got underway for the Norwich University wrestling team on Friday. The Cadets have a pair of wrestlers remaining in the main draw of the Ithaca Invitational which will begin with the quarterfinal round on day two on Saturday.
Norwich currently stands in tenth place with 26.5 points. Johnson and Wales (RI) leads the way at the conclusion of day one at 57.5 points.
Freshman Cameron Wooldridge (Roanoke, Va.) captured his first collegiate win at 133 pounds with a pin of his opponent at the 4:52 mark in round two. After a loss in the third round, he notched another victory to stay alive in the consolation bracket by pinning his opponent once again.
Junior Ben Forsman (Voorhees, N.J.) earned a first-round technical fall win over his opponent at 149 pounds before falling in his next two bouts.
After slipping up in the opening round, sophomore Tyler Barker (Round Rock, Texas) remains alive in the 157-pound consolation bracket thanks to a pair of wins.
Freshman Niko Chitty (Coral Springs, Fla.) only wrestled once but a 10-6 decision got him his first career victory and a trip to the quarterfinals at 174 pounds.
Sophomore Daniel Curran (Peterborough, N.H.) entered the day ranked as the number three seed at 174 pounds. He scored a 4-1 decision in the opening round before falling in the second round. Curran responded with a tech fall victory in the second round of the consolation bracket and remains alive to wrestle on day two.
Senior Michael Wagner (Tyngsborough, Mass.), ranked as the eighth seed at 285 pounds, posted a pair of wins, including a pin in round two and a 12-11 decision in the third round to earn a berth in the championship quarterfinals heading into day two.
The tournament concludes on Saturday morning with the first bouts starting at 9:30 a.m.