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2012-13 Team Awards Presented

April 30, 2012 - The UConn Wrestling Team is pleased to announce its 2012-2013 team awards which were presented at the team's annual awards day outing held on Sunday, April 28, 2013 at the home of Coach Rick Bartel in Foster, RI. Congratulations to the following wrestlers on being selected to receive the following awards by their teammates:

Most Outstanding Wrestler: Joey Battinelli

Most Outstanding Wrestler: Abby Fisher

Most Improved Wrestler: Keneche Unachukwu 

Best 1st Year Wrestler: Ian McEvoy

Most Outstanding Competitor: John Forlivio

Special congratulations were extended to Ms. Abby Fisher on becoming the first UConn wrestler to earn All-American honors.  Dinner followed at Wrights Farm Restaurant in Burrillville, RI as all attending had a enjoyable time together for the last time before exams and summer break.  See you all in the fall.

"Strength does not come from winning.  Your struggle to get wins developes strength" 


Husky Wrestling Crowns First All-American Wrestler

March 17, 2013-The University of Connecticut's NCWA Wrestling program is pleased to announce that a  team member has earned All American honors at the NCWA National Wrestling Championships this past weekend in Dallas, Texas.  Ms. Abby Fisher, a Freshman out of Whitman HS in Bethesda, MD placed 2nd in the 148 lb. weight class of the women's division thus becoming the first UConn wrestler to recieve this honor.  Competing mainly with the men's team during the season, Ms. Fisher was undefeated in women's division wrestling in the Northeast Conference this season.  She was the champion of the Connecticut Classic Wrestling Tournament and was awarded the John "Bulldog" Satti Award for being the most outstanding women wrestler in that event as selected by the meet officials.  Her unselfish contributions to the team effort is much appreciated by all as she has taken a leadership role so that both programs may thrive in the future.  Congratulations & Thank you Abby! 


UConn Men & Women Wrestlers Qualify for Nationals in Dallas,TX

March 2, 2013-The University of Connecticut is pleased to announce that three Husky wrestlers from the Men's team and two from the newly formed Women's program have qualified to compete in the 2013 NCWA National Wrestling Championships in Dallas, TX on March 14-16.   The qualifiers from the Men's program are as follows:

149 lbs. - Ian McEvoy (Fr./Newtown HS/Sandy Hook, CT)

157 lbs. - Joey Battinelli (Stamford HS/Stamford, CT)

184 lbs. - John Forlivio (Darien HS/Darien, CT)   

The Women qualifiers are as follows:

130 lbs. - Zipporah Drozdowicz (Trumbull HS/Orange, CT)

148 lbs. - Abby Fisher (Whitman HS/Bethesda, MD)

Follow the Huskies progress as the Nationals will be webcast live on www.ncwa.net.  Go Huskies!


Joey Battinelli Ends Regular Season as NCWA Points Leader

February 25, 2013 - As UConn's most solid performer this season,  Joey Battinelli showed consistancy and improvement during the season and the outlook is optimistic for the Freshman from Stamford (CT) High School to finish strong in the upcoming Regionals and Nationals.  Batman II built up a huge lead in points with his 10-2 record, as he was sidelined for the season ending tri-meet at Univ. of New Haven and finished the season with 76.70 points.  The Connecticut Classic Champ and New England Championships Place winner joins big brother Mike in the UConn records book, who led the team in NCWA points for three staight seasons.  Fellow Freshman John Forlivio (Darien HS/Darien, CT), who finished the season at 8-5, came in second with 47.65 points.  Finishing the season in a three way tie for the team lead with 4 pins each were Forlivio, Jr. 174 pounder Keneche Unachuckwu (Marlboro HS/Morganville, NJ) and Soph. 149 pounder Ian McEvoy (Newtown HS/Sandy Hook, CT). 

Also making significant contributions to the Huskies success this during the season were Sr. Anthony Josie (So. Windsor HS/So. Windsor, CT) at 174 lbs., Soph. Matt Terrin (Nashua So. HS/Nashua, NH) at 133 lbs., Soph. Morgan Tarleton (Glen Rock HS/Glen Rock, NJ) Fr. Ken Prigodich (Sport & Medical Sciences Acad./Plainville, CT) at 197 lbs,  Andrey Dimentyev (Fairfield Warde HS/Fairfield, CT) at 174 lbs. and Abby Fisher (Whitman HS/Bethesda, MD) at 148 lbs.        


Official UConn Wrestling T-shirts Now on Sale

February 1, 2013-Official UConn Wrestling T-shirts are now available to the public and will be on sale for $15.  T-shirts may also be purchased through any UConn Wrestling team member or coaching staff.  Contact Coach Bartel through this web site for details.  Many thanks to our supplier, Danielson Surplus Sales of Danielson, CT. 


Huskies Announce Spring Semester Practice Schedue

January 12, 2013 - The UConn Wrestling team is pleased to announce its  spring semester practice schedule as follows:

Mondays:  5-7 pm (upstairs gym)

Tuesdays:  5-7 pm (mat room)

Wednesdays:  5-7 pm (open mat practice in the mat room) 

Thursday:  5-7 pm (mat room)

Practice will take place in the Willis N. Hawley Armory on the Storrs campus.  Any and all full time students from all UConn campuses are welcome as the "Husky Pack" is always looking expand its membership as we prepare for another exciting NCWA season.  Go Huskies!

"Failing to Prepare is Preparing to Fail" (Wayne Gretzky-Hockey Star)

"Don't Practice until you get it Right, Practice until you can't get it Wrong"

Rick Bartel
Head Wrestling Coach
University of Connecticut
Storrs, CT

To Contact Coach Bartel, Click on "Email Team Organizer" above! 




Husky Howl Youth Wrestling Tournament Set to Go

January 10, 2013-The 4th Annual "Husky Howl" Youth Wrestling Tournament is scheduled to be held as follows: 

Sunday, February 3, 2013                                                                                                                    

New London High School, 490 Jefferson Ave., New London,  CT   06320                                                                                                            

This is an annual event sponsored by the UConn Wrestling Team & USAW-CT in order to raise funds so that the UConn Wrestling program may thrive.  A concession stand will be available all day.  Many Thanks to Mr. John Satti for his hard work & effort to make this event possible.  Also, many thanks to our sponsors, the New London BOE for use of the gym, CIWOA for their donation of volunteer officials and Mr. Mike Battinelli for his work as a volunteer trainer for the event.  Information sheet for the Husky Howl as well as all the other USAW-CT events may be found at the following link:  http://usawct.org/schedule.php

UConn wrestling team members should arrive @ NLHS at 6 pm on Sat. for gym set up and 7:30 am on Sun. for the event.  See you there!    


Coach Justin Dwork will be Missed Big Time

December 7, 2012-The UConn wrestling team announced today that popular assistant coach Justin Dwork will be leaving at the end of the semester to pursue career interests in the Boston area.  Justin served as a wrestler/coach during the Huskies Inaugural season 5 years ago while a Grad student here and has been  on the coaching staff since then specializing in technique instruction.  The Ithaca (NY) College Grad's clinics and training methods have helped mold the Husky's wrestling program into a NCWA Div. I progam of the highest quality.  His tutoring and mentoring of student athletes have produced graduates prepared to enter the world as tomorrows leaders.  His leadership & friendship will be missed by all.  The UConn athletic community would like to wish Justin the best of luck on his future endeavors.    


UConn Huskies Win 2nd Annual Connecticut Classic

November 5, 2012-The UConn wrestling team opened the season by winning the 2nd annual Connecticut Classic on Sat., Nov. 3, 2012 in the Willis N. Hawley Armory Gym on the Storrs campus.   The Host team Huskies outdistanced SUNY-Cortland, UMass & last years champs Northeastern by a wide margin and showed signs of good things to come this season.  UConn's individual Champions included Matt Terrin (Nashua HS South/Nashua, NH) at 133 lbs., Joey Battinelli (Stamford HS/Stamford, CT) at 149 lbs., big brother Mike Battinelli (Stamford HS/Stamford, CT) at 149 lbs. and Anthony Josie (So. Windsor HS/So. Windsor, CT) at 174 lbs.  UConn's Abby Fisher (Whitman HS/Bathesda, MD) won the first womens division crown with a 15-2 win over Cassie Corey of UMass in the finals.  Other UConn placewinners include Andrey Dimentyev (Fairfield Warde HS/Fairfield, CT) at 174 lbs., Ken Prigodich (Sports & Med. Sciences Acad./Plainville, CT) at 174 lbs. and Zipporah Drozdowicz in the women's bracket.  The Huskies also swept the OW awards as Mike Battinelli won the Bryan Simons Award for the Most Outstanding Male wrestler and Abby Fisher won the John Satti Award for the Most outstanding female wrestler.  UMass star Brian Stapleton won at 184 lbs. and Cortlands Joe Byrne scored all pins en route to the 165 lb. crown.  The huskies next event will be a tri-meet at RPI next Sat.  


Women's Wrestling Program Off & Running

June 1, 2012-The Women's Wrestling program at UConn has gottten off the ground as it's first member has committed to compete intercollegiately for the Huskies in the 2012-13 season.  Zipporah Drozdowicz has transferred to UConn from Jamestown (ND) College and is excited about the prospect of being the first to compete for a Nat'l championship in the NCWA women's division.  The Sophomore Animal Science major from Orange, CT has competed at 130 lbs. for the Jamestown College women's progam which featured an exceptional team of 15 young ladies from around the country.  The "Jimmies" are a powerhouse on the National level in the Women's College Wrestling Association (WCWA) who have placed as high as third in the Nat'ls and have several wrestlers competing for spots on the Women's Olympic team.  The former High School State & New England Women's Champion also earned All-American honors with her 5th place finish at the women's Nat'l event and placed in other prestigious events.  This is a big step for the Huskies wrestling program as they will now be represented at women's events locally as well as on the Nat'l level in the NCWA.  Hopefully others will follow and the UConn Women's Program will be a force to be reckoned with real soon.             


Keneche Unachuckwu Shatters Huskies Fastest Pin Record

January 22, 2012-The Huskies 174 lb. wrestler Keneche Unachuckwu has gone into the records books with a 21 second fall in a dual meet vs. Springfield Tech. on 1/21/12.  The dual meet was part of a quad meet at Springfield (MA) Tech. which was lost by the Huskies by a score of 27-21.  The previous record was held by '11 UConn Grad Rich Zschoche.  The lanky Unachuckwu, a sophomore from Marlboro, NJ, pinned his opponent with a far side cradle directly from the feet.