Five Golden Bears receive preseason individual rankings
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (October 24, 2018) – The Western New England University wrestling team is ranked tenth in the New England Wrestling Association (NEWA) Preseason Poll, which was released on Tuesday. The NEWA Rankings are voted on by a committee of coaches within the region.
Johnson & Wales was selected as the NEWA preseason favorite, followed by WPI, Roger Williams, Southern Maine and Coast Guard. Springfield College, Castleton, Wesleyan, Williams and Western New England rounded out the final five spots in the poll.
In addition to Western New England's team ranking, five Golden Bears appeared in the NEWA Preseason Individual Rankings – sophomore Nick Arborio (Berlin, Conn.) at 125 pounds, sophomore Ryan Monteiro (Wilbraham, Mass.) at 157 pounds junior Davey Goodall (Chelmsford, Mass.) at 165 pounds, junior Ryan Guers (Orwigsburg, Pa.) at 174 pounds, and junior John Boyle (Rowley, Mass.) at 184 pounds.
Arborio is ranked seventh in his weight class after going 28-11 with 11 wins by fall during his impressive freshman campaign.
Monteiro, who joined the Golden Bears late last season after transferring from Springfield College, enters his sophomore year ranked sixth at 157 after posting a 5-2 record in limited action as a freshman.
Coming off a 15-11 showing in 2017-18, Goodall is ranked eighth at 165, while Guers is ranked fifth at 174 after going 10-4 last season and earning All-Northeast Region honors.
Finally, Boyle enters his junior campaign ranked second at 184 following his historic sophomore season in which he went 37-7 with 13 wins by fall on his way to All-America honors and a fourth-place finish at the NCAA Championships.
Western New England opens its season at the Ithaca Invitational on Friday and Saturday, November 2-3.