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Senior All-Americans Sam Shames & Jake Laux Lead MIT To 2nd Place Finish in Club Division at NCWA Nationals

Anchored by their two Senior All-Americans, the Engineers posted a 2nd Place finish in the Division II team race at this year’s NCWA National Collegiate Wrestling Championship, in Allen, TX.

Bringing seven national qualifiers to compete in the event, MIT finished with 60.5 team points, edging out 3rd Place University of Montana Western’s 59 points, and behind 2014 Champion Florida Gulf Coast University’s 67.5 team points.

The tournament was headlined by Senior, Sam Shames, who’s 133 lbs. Championship Final was moved to the last match of the night to serve as the tournament’s main event. It was a battle of undefeated wrestlers as Shames and his opponent Ryan Deihl, of Liberty University, entered the bout with a combined 72-0 record on the season. Deihl took the title with a 15-10 victory in the match.

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MIT Wrestling Posts 3rd Place Finish at NCWA Northeast Regional Championships

The MIT Wrestling Team finished in 3rd place at the Northeast regional qualifier behind Alfred State and Navy Prep.  MIT also qualified 8 wrestlers for the national tournament being held in Allen, Texas from March 13th to March 15th.

Senior, Sam Shames won the 133 pound weight class in dominant fashion with 2 pins and a major decision running his record to 35-0.  Sam was also voted the Outstanding Wrestler of the tournament.  Senior, Jaes Jones won 3 matches on the day making the finals.  He lost a hard fought match, finishing in 2nd place at 157 pounds.  Senior, Jake Laux also made the finals at 197 pounds.  He won his first 3 matches but had to default due to a minor injury.  Freshman, Andrew Esquivel lost his first match of the day but roared back winning his next 4 matches, 3 of which were by pin to finish in 3rd place at 125 pounds.  Freshman, Levi Russell finished with a 3 and 2 record and a 4th place finish at 157 pounds.  Freshman, Joe Lowman won 2 and lost 2  finishing in 4th place at 184 pounds .   Senior Max Powers finished in 3rd place at 235 pounds  going 3 and 1 on the day.  Sophomore, Lawrence Chan finished in 7th place at 197 pounds going 3 and 2 on the day. Senior, Tyler Laprade and freshman, Jose Velarde wrestled well but unfortunately did not place.

The team heads to Allen, Texas on Wednesday, March 12th to compete for their 2nd consecutive Division 2 National Team title.

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Engineers go 1-2 at Springfield Tech Quad

Sunday, February 9, 2014 – the MIT Engineers traveled to Springfield, MA to compete in dual matches against host, Springfield Tech Community College, as well as conference foes Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) and Amherst College.

The team performed well overall, highlighted by 3-0 days from Senior, Sam Shames (133 lbs.), with two technical falls, and from Freshman, Levi Russell (157 lbs.), with an early pin and two tech falls on the day.  Three other Engineers added 2-1 records for the day in Freshman, Andrew Esquivel (125 lbs.), Sophomore, Lawrence Chan (197 lbs.), who had a thrilling come-from-behind victory in his match versus STCC, and Senior, Tyler Laprade (174 lbs.), who had two pins on the day. Freshman, Jose Velarde (141 lbs.) and Junior, Matt Abel (165 lbs.) also recorded pins for MIT.


Engineers Compete in Groundhog Day Tournament at Amherst College, Shames Named Tournament OW

Shames Wins OW in route to  3rd Groudhog Day TitleOn February 1, 2014, the MIT Wrestling Team traveled to Amherst, MA to compete in the 4th Annual Groundhog Day Tournament, hosted by Amherst College. The tournament field included over 160 wrestlers, from 17 teams from throughout the NCWA, NJCAA and NCAA Division III, and was won by Roger Williams University.

MIT Senior, Sam Shames highlighted the Engineers’ day, winning his 3rd Groundhog Day Title with a 17-2 Technical Fall in the 133 lbs. Championship Final over Nick Arroyo of Springfield Tech Community College. Shames was also named as the Outstanding Wrestler of the tournament.

MIT also posted team points in a 4th Place finish from Freshman, Andrew Esquivel (125 lbs.) and from Sophomore, Lawrence Chan (197 lbs.) and Freshman, Joe Lowman (184 lbs.) falling just short of placement in their respective Consolation Semi-finals. Senior, Tyler Laprade (174 lbs.) also posted a victory on the day.

Complete tournament coverage from the NCWA can be found here.

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