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NYU Wins Record Sixth Consecutive UAA Wrestling Championship

NYU Wins Record Sixth Consecutive UAA Wrestling Championship

From NYU Athletics

New York University won a record sixth-straight University Athletic Association (UAA) Wrestling Championship, defeating both Case Western Reserve University and the University of Chicago on Sunday, February 12, at the New York Athletic Club in Manhattan.

UAA Championship Results

UAA Championship Honorees

NYU, now 17-4 in dual meets this season and currently ranked #18 by the National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA), defeated Case Western 36-9 and then Chicago 35-3 to retain its title.

NYU is the first UAA team to win the title for six consecutive years. Chicago was victorious five straight times, from 2001-05. 

"Our expectation coming into this is to always win both matches," said Senior Assistant Coach Corey Luce. "The difference between the other titles we've won and today is that we really dominated both matches." 

In the first match, NYU dropped only the first bout (forfeit) and last bout (3-2 decision). In between, the squad posted a fall, four technical falls, a major decision, and one regular decision.

It was much of the same against Chicago in the Championship Match. The hosts were spotted a 12-0 lead after the Maroons forfeited at both 125 and 133. Chicago did win the next bout by decision, but that was the Maroons' only victory of the contest as NYU rolled on to the title. 

"Our plan was to come in here and completely dominate every single match," Luce explained. "The end goal was to have all 10 UAA Champions, but unfortunately we fell a little short (NYU wound up with seven). That's a goal to strive for next year."

Chicago placed second at the Championship by virtue of its 29-12 win over Case Western in the first match of the day. 

Prior to its first match, NYU honored its six graduating seniors: Adrian Herrera, Nick Matthews, John Messinger, Mark Papish, Nathan Pike, and Sam Schwartzapfel. 

"These are a great crop of seniors and they will be missed," Luce added. "They will be hard to replace, but we were very fortunate to have them with us."