- By Corey Aron, Staff Writer
It’s been exactly a decade since this sport, along with its prestigious history, has been available for students to join.
However, it took tireless work from fellow students Zach Matthijs, Michael Ladine, Andrew Guadagnino and their current President Nick Vessichelli, in getting this club back to campus. They also had the help and support of academic admissions counselor Betsy Montanez.
Each one of these members wrestled in the past, but it doesn’t exclude anyone joining who hasn’t had any experience. Vessichelli mentioned, “It doesn’t matter if your a state champion or you’ve never hit the mats before. Anyone can join, male and female.”
As of right now, the club is meeting at the Student Recreation Center every Tuesday and Thursday at 6:45 p.m. to car pool to Fairfield (15 minutes from campus) to train at the NJAC Wrestling Club with Montclair State alumni Dave Cordoba.
They will sometimes practice on Sundays from 6:00 — 7:30 p.m. So far, they have a few tournaments lined up at Penn State to wrestle against other club teams such as Lehigh.
On March 2, the club will be going down to Rowan to scrimmage against their newly founded team. The goal is to get this club up and running in aspirations to compete as a Division III team.
On a side note, based on recent reports, I found it hard to believe that wrestling is in serious jeopardy from being voted out of the 2020 Olympics.
Zach Matthijs said “I have two nephews who I want to help and train in potentially becoming future champions and if they take out one of the most unique sports it will be killing people’s hopes and dreams all around the world into being an Olympic wrestler.”
This sport is like none other. Although it’s a team sport, it’s solely up to the individual who’s out on the mat to defeat their opponent in order to score points for their team.
Having a wrestling club back here at Montclair State is giving others a great opportunity to have fun while getting back into shape.
The club encourages everyone to reach them at firstname.lastname@example.org.