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MIT Wrestling Alum Dave Schramm to be inducted into the Missouri Wrestling Hall of Fame

On October 26th, Dave Schramm (HWT) ’67 will be inducted into the Missouri Wrestling Hall of Fame. A native of St. Louis, Dave was a two-time New England champion. While doing graduate work at Caltech, Dave was a finalist in the 1968 Greco Roman Olympic trials and coached the Caltech wrestling team to 3 consecutive conference championships.

Dave died in 1997 when his private plane crashed as he was flying to his home in Aspen. At the time of his death, Dave was a professor at the University of Chicago and one of the world’s leading astrophysicists. (Note the tributes in the attached obituaries from his long time friend Stephen Hawking and protégé Professor Allan Muth of MIT.)

For more about the life and legacy of Dave Schramm, view New York Times Essay; Remembering David Schramm, Gentle Giant of Cosmology.



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Wrestling Prep was happy to have the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s NWCA Club Coach Sam Shames at OPEN ROOM in Dublin on Sept 28, 2014.

Sam was in the Bay Area meeting with Venture Capital Groups for his start up company with fellow M.I.T. graduates. Through his website about Wrestling Stories, Sam met WP’s Jason Welch who suggested he come visit when in town.

On Sept 28, Coach Shames visited both the Sunday Technique Practice and then participated in Open Room.

“When I first entered the building to wrestling prep, I was immediately impressed by the way everyone–the 50+ wrestlers and their parents–was focused on Carolyn and the technique she was showing. As I watched her show a drill to practice single leg takedowns, I could tell she had a deep technical expertise and command of wrestling moves, yet was able to break them down into simple explanations and instructions so everyone could learn them. When it came time to drill the move she had just shown, I watched every wrestler break up into groups and get right to work, knowing exactly what to do. In that short preview, I could exactly why wrestling prep’s athletes have had so much success”.
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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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