Cadet wrestling goes international, with cultural trip to Mongolia this June

This June, a handful of Norwich University wrestlers will head to Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia as part of the “Norwich Wrestling Mongolian Cultural Exchange” to train and compete in freestyle wrestling.

“Throughout my time as a coach at Norwich, we have had wrestlers go to foreign countries to help grow themselves as wrestlers, I am excited to say that this summer we will be doing so once again,” said Alex Whitney, head wresting coach at Norwich University.

“The wrestlers will have the chance to train and compete among 300-400 other wrestlers from all around the world, as well as have the chance to experience a culture far from what they are used to,” Whitney said.

On June 3, five Norwich wrestlers and three coaches, as well as a handful of other coaches and athletes, will embark on what the Norwich Wrestling page describes as “an amazing experience for our student-athletes,” to train and compete at the Mongolian Olympic Training Center. They will be training and competing there until their return to America on June 17.

“For the first few days of the trip we will be traveling and acclimating to the culture around us,” said Ronnie Lee Haze Caudill, a 24-year-old senior from Huber Heights, Ohio. Caudill will be competing at 86kg.

“Once we settle in, we will be competing in a tournament with over 200 teams and many foreign countries represented,” Caudill said. [Read more…]

Norwich mens rugby gains another 7s title

The Norwich Mens rugby team captured another 7s tournament title this year and is now aiming to take the Chris Munn 7s tournament this weekend. NU athletics photo

The Norwich men’s rugby team looks to keep developing and improving during the spring rugby season. After finishing the fall season with a 9-2 record, the team has been working succesfully to carry that success into the spring.

The team won its second straight Rugby Northeast Tournament 7s title and third overall in a row last Saturday afternoon April 13 at UMass Lowell. It stands at 13-4-3 this week, with a five game winning streak as it heads into a Thursday night developmental match at home against Keene State.

The spring season is not played the same as fall. In the spring, rugby is played seven on seven for seven-minute halves. This compares to the fall when it’s 15 against 15 for two 40-minute periods.

The team has accomplished what it set out to do, said Austin Manhey, a senior flanker from Ballston Lake, N.Y. “Goals that we want to accomplish are, for one, win the Rugby Northeast conference championship. Manhey said that has been possible because of the team’s practice goals, getting the team’s tackling and conditioning up and being prepared for tournaments, he explained.

Especially with being confined to the Shapiro field house, it is difficult to hold full-contact practices. “Recently we have been able to be on Sabine which helps us out a lot,” Manhey said.

A big goal for the team for the spring is to win the Chris Munn tournament on April 27. “Nothing really means more to us than showing our support towards ALS and how much Chris means to us,” Manhey said. The Cadets host the sixth annual Chris Munn 7s Tournament on Saturday at 10 a.m. [Read more…]

Lacrosse shoots for conference championship

Senior Aidan Moulton looks to get past an opponent from St.Joseph’s of Maine. NU Athletics Photo

The Norwich University men’s lacrosse team is looking to keep the same goals they’ve had over the last three seasons, which is striving to ultimately win a championship.

After a strong season last year, in which the team had a record of 13-6, the Cadet lacrosse team hopes to carry on the high expectations from last season and capture the GNAC title.

In the process of trying to win a championship, the team also wants to focus on executing at a high level and developing young talent that head coach Neal Anderson has been able to recruit.

“Last year the team struggled with playing four quarters of lacrosse, and putting together a complete game,” said senior midfielder Will Conroy of Dorchester, Mass.

This was seen in this year’s 10-9 loss against the University Southern Maine but Conroy remains optimistic. “Our focus now is to execute on technique for an entire game,” he said.

The team is off to a good start in conference play standings at 3-1, and is 5-4 on the season.
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Chasing the podium

Connor Keating has been training vigorously for the past eight weeks, both on the mat and in the weight room for another chance to earn All-American honors on the big stage.

“I do eight training sessions per week, with some days being two-a-days, and both in the weight room and on the wrestling mat,” said Keating, the 33-year-old assistant wrestling coach for the Cadets.

Keating’s efforts are a reminder that coaches at Norwich have not just a deep level of knowledge in their sport but can also be, like their athletes, still competitors as well.

Keating will be competing in the U.S. Open in freestyle wrestling from April 24-27 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

For many wrestlers of all ages, weights, and experience, the U.S. Open is the cream of the crop for freestyle and Greco-Roman wrestling in America.
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Baseball team hopes off-season work and new attitude can improve on last year

As a member of the Norwich baseball team, Chris Davis knows that in order for the team to be successful this year, they have to be gritty and really grind it out this season.

The team has to do the little things right and make the simple plays out on the field and take the season one game at a time – and everyone has to do their part to contribute.

“Baseball is a rhythm game, and its players are those of habit so we kind of fall into a routine that helps us prepare and compete,” said Davis, a 20-year-old junior and pitcher from South Berwick, Maine.

Some of the struggles the team faced last year came from people not knowing their roles or what was expected from them, Davis said. “On any given day there could be position changes or lineup changes with really no explanation,” he said.

He sees a difference this year that gives him hope of a turnaround, despite the youth and lack of collegiate experience by much of the pitching rotation.

“Jake Ryan, our senior captain, is the ace of our staff with the most in-game experience out of our small group,” he said, but he also see promise for the rest of the pitchers. “Nick Landis, Jon Grasso, and Tanner Raymond round out our rotation and have their own strengths and weaknesses that they bring to the table,” Davis said.

But where he also draws some optimism is from the competitive drive that the pitchers have, which he thinks gives the team the best chance to win when they take the mound.

“Our bullpen is young, and we all have our roles, it might be to close a certain game, get a big out or simply bridge from the starter to the closer,” Davis said.

The pitching staff is a tight-knit group that supports each other and picks each other up when they’re down said Davis. “That’s all we can do for now.”
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As the only senior on men’s basketball team, providing leadership was key for Haimes

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Senior captain Daniel Haimes. Picture by Norwich Athletics

Every season has its ups and down. The Norwich men’s basketball team started off the year with a couple big wins, but then slowly started to lose momentum throughout the season and ended up 7-18 on the year.

However, there were signs of progress when Norwich hung on to win its last game against the Raiders of Rivier University by a 95-81 final score – with the team’s lone senior, Daniel Haimes going out on a high note on Senior Day.

The biggest struggles of the team this year were putting it all together for 40 minutes and competing the entire game – not unexpected for a very young team, said Haimes, 21, a shooting guard from Capistrano, Calif.

What often caused the team to lose games this year has been not being able to overcome adversity and continuing to fight to till the buzzer goes off. The best parts of the season have to be “simply making winning plays,” said Haimes, who was captain of the team. But he was encouraged by what he saw in 2018-19.

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Strength and conditioning coach gives athletes a lift

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New head strength and conditioning coach Greg Cox. Picture by Andrew Thomas

Lucian Cascino has lifted his fair share of weights in the past decade. He has competitively and non-competitively trained under numerous coaches and programs, but recalls really making that jump in strength in college.

Cascino, a recent Trinity graduate from the class of 2018, was under the leadership of Norwich’s new strength and conditioning coach Greg Cox. He credits Cox for really helping his training while in college.

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For Shock Platoon, every drill counts


Senior Shock Platoon commander Joseph Kim leads the drill through practice. Photo by Anthony Rodriguez.

On a brisk February afternoon at Norwich University’s Plumley Armory Gymnasium, the regimental drill team conducted a strenuous and intense three-hour practice.

Sweat, cuts, and bruises are left on team members as they take a quick break. The commander soon calls the members to “form up the block.”

“I remember the day they called out my name after try outs, and I was just so excited,” said Gabby Caouette, a sophomore engineering major in the Drill Company. “Look at me now – spending one of my Saturday’s to prepare for the biggest collegiate drill competition in the nation.”

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Remembering Connor

Norwich and Castleton climbing event honors lacrosse player who died his sophomore year


Connor Roberts, #9, and his brother Ben                      

The youngest of four siblings, an engineering management major, and an athlete.

Connor Roberts came to Norwich in the fall of 2012. A Vermont native, hailing from St. Albans, Connor spent two years at Norwich, while the rest of his siblings attended Castleton University.

He played two seasons of lacrosse and one season of football in those two years here, and left a strong impression. However Connor didn’t know that he had a condition that would lead to him passing away the summer after he finished his sophomore year.

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Men’s hockey riding high as playoffs begin

Sophomore forward Cody Downs looking for someone to pass the puck to. Photo by Norwich University

The Norwich men’s hockey team is busting into the playoffs with a strong win streak that makes some early season issues seem ancient history.

“Some struggles we have had were just adopting to a brand-new system, but that lasted for about three weeks,” said TJ Dockery, 23, a defenseman who hails from Lockport, N.Y.

Since those early season issues and losses, the team has done a great job of executing better with each game, Dockery said. At this point the team must be at its best to make the playoff and conference push, he said – and that appears to be the case as the Cadets have now won 14 straight with a 6-2 win over Southern Maine on Senior Day.

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