WORCESTER, Mass. – After a pair of strong outings to open the 2018-19 season, the Castleton University wrestling team has made program history as it appears for the first time in the National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) poll, while moving up to its highest ranking in program history in the New England Wrestling Association (NEWA) regional rankings.
The Spartans debut in the NWCA poll at No. 21 as one of four teams from New England that is nationally ranked. They also moved up four spots to No. 4 in the NEWA regional rankings, behind Johnson and Wales, WPI and Roger Williams.
Castleton opened the season with a second-place finish in a loaded field at the Ithaca College Invitational, finishing behind only third-ranked Ithaca College. The Spartans followed that up with a 2-1 weekend at the Journeymen Northeast Duals, again with its only loss coming against Ithaca, while posting wins over LIU-Brooklyn and RIT.
Jesse Webb cracked the national individual rankings from the NWCA while sitting at the No. 2 spot in the NEWA poll for the 285-pound class. Max Tempel tops the NEWA charts at the 141-pound level after a 7-1 start to the season, while Deyker Edwards sits third in the 133-pound class after claiming the title at the Ithaca Invitational. Nick Camacho is ranked sixth at the 125, while Mitchell LaFlam and Cooper Fleming rank eighth in the region at the their respective weight classes.