Dave Pinto takes fourth at wrestling regionals

At the end of every wrestling season, the athletes close off with an individual tournament, known as “regionals” to members of the Norwich University wrestling team.

This tournament consists of 18 teams, each with one wrestler from every weight class, for a shot to head to nationals.

As NU entered the tournament, they made out with one very successful finish in the 165-pound weight class, taking fourth in the region for that weight.

“The tournament was a decent turnout, not as many of us finished where we wanted to, but Pinto managed to come out finishing fourth that weekend,” said Evan Poole, 20, a junior criminal justice major from West Milford, N.J.

Dave Pinto, the Cadets’ junior captain at 165 lbs., is a 20-year-old criminal justice major from Milton, Mass. He finished the tournament taking fourth, after a successful win to get there against Cortland.

“I would have rather finished higher in the tournament so that I could have gone to nationals, but all in all I was still pleased to finish within the top six,” Pinto said.

This was the first year that the region included New York teams in the mix, said Nick Smith, 20, a sophomore biology major from Hanover, Mass. “It really made the tournament that much tougher this year and for Pinto to finish fourth was such an accomplishment,” he said.

The Cadets finished 14th as a team in the tournament and unfortunately did not have any wrestlers advance to the national tournament, but are using this as a motive to prepare for more success the next season, said Anthony Joyce, 20, a criminal justice major from Providence, R.I.

“We’re going to work hard this off-season in the weight room and on the mat,” Joyce said. “Hopefully we can get as many of our guys as we can to start entering open tournaments this summer, that way we can keep up the mat time and not start next season with rust.”

While the season comes to a rest, the Norwich wrestlers will be doing the opposite as they hunger for a winning season next year.

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