Join Hunter Wrestling for a Match this Weekend + NY States Highlights

From the desk of Chris Mazzatta, Hunter Wrestling Head Coach:

Hunter Wrestling Alumni, Fans, and Friends – Happy Belated New Year!

We are hoping everyone is having a great start to the new year. I am writing to remind you of our home duals next Saturday (1/24/15), beginning at 10am. This is not only a day to welcome back our Alumni, but also a time to recognize our phenomenal senior class! I am looking forward to seeing all of you again. The schedule for Saturday will be as follows:

10:00am – 11:15am Scranton vs. Cortland
11:15am – 11:30am Alumni & Senior Day Recognition
11:30am – 12:45pm Cortland vs. Hunter
12:45pm – 2:00pm Scranton vs. Hunter
2:00pm – 3:00pm Pizza Party at Hunter with Alumni, Coaches, and Wrestlers
3:00pm – ??? Drinks at Phoenix Pub

North-South Duals Recap

On January 10th, we competed in the North-South duals against McDaniel College, Springfield College, and Delaware Valley College. A few starters were out of the lineup due to injuries, but we were able to overcome obstacles and came away with a win over McDaniel College. However, we lost a close dual to top-25 ranked Springfield by the score of 27-23. Dennis Melendez was the highlight of the dual as he defeated the 8th ranked wrestler in overtime! Patryk Kopczynski also defeated a top-25 ranked opponent. But giving up a forfeit at 184 pushed Springfield ahead. We then wrestled top-10 ranked Delaware Valley to wrap up our day. Kenny Albert (125 lbs.) started off the dual with an upset win over the #6 ranked wrestler by the score of 7-3. CJ Palmer (#3) and Jesse Bader (#9) both came away with wins, too. Dennis and Patryk wrestled the #3 ranked wrestler at their respective weight classes. Dennis was leading most of the match, but ended up losing 7-6. Patryk lost 4-2 in the final seconds.

Turn it up a notch!

Great news came this week as the NWCA and rankings were released. We now have 3 wrestlers ranked in the NWCA rankings – CJ Palmer (#3), Jesse Bader (#9), and Dennis Melendez (#8). The rankings have Hunter ranked as #19 in the country! It is an exciting time to be a Hawk!

Note that the NCAA D3 National Championships will be held in Hershey, PA this March 13-14th. Hershey is less than 3 hours away from NYC. I think that it would be great to have your support at the National tournament this year. The host hotel will be the Hershey Lodge (

Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter (@HCwrestlingNYC) for all updates. I’m hoping to see you all next weekend at the Hawk’s Nest!



Help Us Grow the Hunter Wrestling Program

Our fundraising goal for 2014-2015 is $6,000 to defray travel costs, supply team equipment, and build an operating budget to carry into the 2015-16 season. We are currently at $1,800, which is a great start, but we need to keep building. In addition to donations, we are also selling dri-fit Hunter Wrestling tshirts that can be bought at Hunter next Saturday. $20 per shirt. See you then!


If you want to help grow the Hunter Wrestling program, submit your donation here.

Remember, every donation helps!

Chris Mazzatta
Head Wrestling Coach
Cell: 570-351-6434
E-mail: chris.mazzatta