Sept. 2, 1997
Northwestern Wrestling Ready for New Season
1996-97 Season Recap
Despite a less-than-perfect record, the 1996-97 season was in many ways a success for the Northwestern Wrestling team. NU posted a 6-9 mark, 2-7 in the Big Ten last year, but managed a tie for 15th at the Midlands The 'Cats also had five wrestlers qualify for the NCAA Championships, where they posted a respectable 35th place finish. Junior Sam Neider led the way at 190 pounds last season. He posted a 26-12 overall record with a 9-4 mark in dual meet action. He also led the squad with nine falls and was a placewinner in four meets. Senior Will Reisman had an 18-13 overall record and a 9-6 dual mark. Freshmen Joel Goeden and Malik Elliott were pleasant surprises at 177 and 134 pounds respectively. Goeden went 19-17 overall and 7-8 in dual meets with two falls, while Elliott was 16-17 with a 6-8 dual record. Junior heavyweight Rob Chicoine added depth with an impressive 14-9 overall mark, 4-4 in dual meets.
The Northwestern Wrestling team has reason to be optimistic as it looks towards the 1997-98 season, with four NCAA qualifiers and virtually their entire lineup returning. Seniors Sam Neider and Micah Hey, junior Drew Pariano and sophomore Joel Goeden all qualified for the National Championships and head a squad looking for big things this season. Neider led the squad last year at 190 pounds. He was an impressive 26-12 overall with a 9-4 dual mark. He also had nine falls. Sophomore sensations Joel Goeden and Malik Elliott, at 177 and 134 pounds respectively, combined for 35 wins a year ago. Also back are seniors Rob Chicoine, a heavyweight, and Dominic Caruso, a 118-pounder. Chicoine went 14-9 overall a year ago and Caruso was 8-7 in dual meet action.
The 'Cats added depth with the addition of six newcomers. Leading this group is sophomore Tom Ciezki, an 8th place finisher at the NCAA Division III National Championships a year ago and freshman Matt Pope, a three-time state-placewinner in high school.