CASTLETON, Vt. – The Castleton University wrestling team heads to Worcester, Mass., for a series of dual matches hosted by WPI Saturday, Nov. 18, in the Sports and Recreation Center.
The Spartans will begin the day against the University of New Hampshire at 11 a.m., followed by a match against Roger Williams, ranked second in this week's NEWA Division III Dual Meet Coaches' Poll, at 2 p.m. Castleton
Castleton has moved up to eighth in both the tournament and dual meet rankings of the NEWA Division III Poll after a solid start over the first two weeks of the season. The Spartans finished fifth in the highly competitive Ithaca Invitational, and then rallied to upset Sacred Heart in a dual match at the Journeymen Wrestling Northeast Duals last weekend.
Five Spartan wrestlers are ranked in their respective weight classes this week by the NEWA, led by Jesse Webb in second place in the heavyweight rankings. Jared Costa remains in third at 165 pounds, and Mitchell LaFlam has maintained his fourth place ranking at 184 pounds. Cedrick Stevens moves into fifth place in the 197-pound rankings, and Max Tempel is now sixth in the 149-pound rankings.
New Hampshire fields a club team competing within the National Collegiate Wrestling Association (NCWA). The Spartans went 3-0 in dual matches against NCWA teams last season with victories over Maryland-Baltimore County (UMBC), Temple, and Springfield Tech.
Roger Williams is ranked 19th in this week's National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) Poll. Last Saturday, the Hawks finished third at the RWU Invitational, led by Justin Cochran's victory in the 149-pound bracket. Cochran is now eighth in the NWCA individual national rankings at 149 pounds.
King's College is 0-3 in dual matches so far this season with losses to NYU, Hunter College, and SUNY Cortland last Saturday in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. Howard Kilpatrick is back at 165 pounds after leading the Monarchs with 25 victories last season, and he is joined by Dakota Quick, who collected 20 wins at 125 pounds in 2016-17.
After Saturday's action, Castleton will have two weeks to prepare to defend its title at the Ted Reese Invitational, hosted by Southern Maine University in Gorham, Maine, Saturday, Dec. 2.