Buies Creek, N.C. – Drexel went a perfect 2-0 at the Fighting Camel Duals taking down Northern Colorado, 26-11, before knocking off host Campbell, 23-13. The Dragons used four bonus point wins, including a pin by sophomore Austin Sommer over Northern Colorado's Nick Alspaugh at 157 pounds. The pin marks Sommer's team-leading third on the season.
Drexel took seven of ten matches against the Bears to start off the duals. Senior Kyle Frey didn't disappoint as he picked up a major decision over Henry Chino taking two bouts off of the Bears' heavyweight this year. Frey won his second match, 3-1, over Campbell's Joe Nolan just after Brandon Palik picked up his second win on the day at 197 pounds. Palik, who picked up his third major decision over Northern Colorado's Nick Bayer, 9-1, and took his second match with a 10-6 decision over Campbell's John Weakley.
Sommer, Michael Gomez and Josh Yurasits also went a perfect 2-0 on the day. Sommer's second match ended in overtime with a 6-4 decision over Campbell's Ryan Krecker. Gomez took both bouts at 125 pounds as he outscored his opponents 12-5. Yurasits, in his season depute, showed his capabilities at 133 pounds taking both matches at the dual meet helping to give Drexel a lead they would not relinquish against both teams.
Alex Rinaldi, Nick Becattinni and Shane Fenningham all went 1-1 on the day helping to push Drexel to 3-1 overall this season. Drexel returns to action this Sunday, Dec. 18 with a 1:00 p.m. match against No. 22 Virginia in the Dragons third home match of the season at the John A. Daskalakis Athletic Center.
Philadelphia - Drexel Athletics Director Dr. Eric Zillmer has announced the hiring of Matt Azevedo as the University's next wrestling head coach. Azevedo comes to Drexel after a successful coaching career at Cornell University and Cal Poly. He is the eighth head coach in the school's history and replaces Jack Childs, who retired after 35 seasons at Drexel.
"We are thrilled to introduce Matt as our next wrestling coach," Senior Associate Athletic Director Nick Gannon said. "Matt is a rising star who understands the big picture of a coach's role in collegiate athletics. With his energy, reputation and character, he will continue to build on the history of Drexel's wrestling program. Our staff is equally excited to welcome Matt and his wife, Brooke, into the Drexel Athletics' family."
"I want to thank the Drexel athletics department especially Dr. Eric Zillmer and Nick Gannon for giving me this opportunity," said Azevedo. "I want to thank the Cornell coaching staff and athletics department as well. They helped to propel me to a place where I can now take advantage of such a great opportunity. Also, I want to thank my wife, Brooke, and my parents, for all of their support."
Calafiore named first team all-conference
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - Announced by the conference today, three Temple men's soccer players have earned Atlantic 10 postseason honors. Sophomore Cody Calafiore earned a nod to the All-Conference first team, while junior Tyler Witmer was named honorable mention. Freshman Vaughn Spurrier was also named an All-Rookie selection.
In his first year with the Cherry and White, Calafiore has been the spark the Owls' offense needed at the most critical times. Tying for the team lead in goals (5), assists (4) and points (14), Calafiore netted a pair in the Owls' 2-1 win at Dayton on October 15.
PHILADELPHIA - La Salle senior forward Ryan Richter was named Offensive Player and Student-Athlete of the Year to lead a plethora of Atlantic 10 honors for the Explorers, announced by the league office on Wednesday afternoon.
Head Coach Pat Farrell, who guided his team to the No. 2 seed in the Atlantic 10 Championship, was the league's pick for Coach of the Year. Two Explorer rookies - John McCarthy and Jidell Roach - picked up All-Rookie accolades. In addition, Dan Korenyi was named Second Team All-Conference, Jeff Pio earned honorable mention, and two student-athletes - Richter and Nick Dundon - were tabbed Academic All-Conference.
The league honors cap a terrific year for the Explorers, who finished 6-2-1 in league play to wrap up the number two spot. The team went unbeaten in its final six games, putting together a 5-0-1 record to close out the regular season.