Tribe wrestling is done with competition for the year after a tough spring season. After taking on the Builder Duals in February, the team organized the first home meet in 4 years. East Carolina University and Bridgewater both traveled to our campus for a tri-meet, which was held in the Adair Hall gym. The event drew some fans out, and we hope to host another tournament next year.
Gavin Oplinger, Jon Hashisaki, and Andy Yang all traveled to Liberty this year for the Mid Atlantic Conference tournament. Andy capped off his first ever year of wrestling with a few great matches, and Jon also wrestled tough. Gavin made it to Nationals as a wild card, where he came up short of All-American again. Training has already begun for next year, adn we are optimistic that we will hopefully bring out more people to competitions next year.
We had a very successful Fall season. We sent a few guys down to Virginia Beach Nationals, and both Gavin Oplinger and Andy Yang came home with medals at 2nd and 6th respectively. A few weeks later we sent a team out to Longwood University for a tri meet with the Longwood team and the new program from Lynchburg. Thanks to all the parents and friends that came out and supported us, and see you in the Spring when the season really picks up!
We have had an extremely successful start to the semster with many new faces showing up to practice. Over 25 freshman signed up for our club at the Student Activities Fair, and I am happy so say that many of them have actually come out to practice. Based on the number of consistent new wrestlers so far, I am thrilled to say we will likely have the biggest competing team I have seen at W&M since I started.
Because my communication with alumni has not been very successful, this year I plan on trying to send out these blog updates a few times a month. If you read this, spread the word to your fellow tribesmen that they can stay up to date with what's going on in our club right here.