The Match of the Week (MoTw) for the first week of the season is the Ithaca Invitational. This season opening event brings together some of the tougher teams in the East for the first week of the season. 15 teams travel to upstate New York to kick off the 2007-2008 season. TCNJ (8), Cortland (9), Ithaca (14), RWU (20), RIT (27), and NYU (30) are ranked teams in attendance, and there could be as many as 21 wrestlers ranked in the initial NWCA rankings, including four at 149. Returning All-Americans could include Justin Seifreid (Ithaca), Tyler Branham (TCNJ), Paul LeBlanc (Cortland), and Treavor LeBlanc (Cortland). With not every team getting started this weekend, opportunities for competition are limited, so the tough teams getting going this early in the East are mostly at this event.
149 looks to be especially tough with wrestlers ranked 6th, 7th, 8th, and 9th all scheduled to compete. It’s a great chance for one of these wrestlers to really prove himself right off the bat.
November 3rd & 4th, 2007
Ben Light Gymnasium at Ithaca College
Teams: Centenary, Coast Guard, Cortland, Gettysburg, Hunter, Ithaca, JWU, Morrisville, Norwich, NYU, Oswego, RIT, Roger Williams, TCNJ, USM
Last Year: 2006 Event Website