After the massive victories over American International College and Springfield on Feb. 15, wrestling moved up from fifth into a tie for fourth with Springfield in the latest New England Wrestling Association poll (NEWA.) Martin Strenk ’17 at 174 collected his second Rookie of the Week award of the year on Feb. 18 after his two-pin weekend, including the match-winner against Springfield.
Following their improvement in the standings, the men sent three wrestlers to compete in the NEWA Futures Tournament at Roger Williams last Sunday. The Futures tournament is an event for wrestlers who are not competing in the national tournament. Gabe Corrochano ’17 competed at 133, while Dan Kurnick ’15 and Austin Wruble ’17 competed at 184 and 149, respectively.
Corrochano has missed a large chunk of the season due to injury. However, he returned to training in the middle of January and impressed both his teammates and coaches with his work ethic and dedication. After losing his first match by decision, Corrochano rebounded to win his next two matches. His two wins and third-place finish in the 133 lb. weight class were very impressive but not surprising to his teammates or coaches.
Wruble started the tournament well, cruising through his first two matches to reach the semifinals. Unfortunately, he lost a tight decision 2-1 to his Wesleyan opponent in the semifinals and then lost his consolation semifinals match as well. After finishing the day 2-2, Head Coach Scott Honecker said, “Today will motivate him to continue training like a madman.”
Kurnick received a bye in the first round before losing his quarterfinal match by decision. Kurnick bounced back to win his second match, pinning his opponent in 3:47. In the third consolation round, Kurnick lost again in a close decision by a score of 5-2. Honecker
is looking to forward to having another season with Kurnick, saying, “He has raised his level of wrestling each successive season.”
This weekend, the men will be wrestling at the Northeast Regional Championships.