ND Wrestling...Starting A Journey To Success

Notre Dame debuted its 13th varsity sport in the winter of 2016-17 when a full-fledged wrestling program was launched. In most of the last decade, Notre Dame fielded a “team of one” on the wrestling scene. Joshua Morales ‘10 became the first Notre Dame student-athlete to don a Notre Dame wrestling uniform when he participated from 2008-2010 affiliating himself with the Cheshire HS wrestling program. Following Morales, Camilo Vanegas ‘14 brought distinction to the Notre Dame wrestling scene when he competed in the heavyweight division and captured the Green Knights first SCC title by pinning Fairfield Prep’s Nick Crowle in February of 2014. In the winter of 2015-16, Connor Massey ‘19 and Christian Fillion ‘19 represented Notre Dame on the wrestling scene. Both resided in Branford and participated with the West Haven/Platt Tech coop team.

In its first season this winter, the program competed against teams of its caliber and in dual meets before jumping into a full SCC schedule in the winter of 2017-18. 
The 12-man roster went 3-5 in dual meets beating Portland, East Windsor, and Bacon Academy. Tristan Andrzejewski '17 placed third at the SCC Meet in the 182-weight class. In addition, Connor Massey '19 had a standout season as well finishing 6th at the Class L Meet and competed in the CIAC State Open Meet. The program will only grow in numbers and success in the coming years. Thank you to the guys who will forever be bonded as the first wrestling team in school history!

Notre Dame competes in the ultra-competitive Southern Connecticut Conference, a league comprised of 23 schools in the greater-New Haven area that has won over 400 state championships since the league’s inception in 1994.

Head Coach Justin Belanger (Second Year; 3-5 Dual Meet Record; First-Year Program in 2016-17; Connor Massey '19 CIAC Qualifier)

Justin Belanger comes to Notre Dame with a strong wrestling background. A two-time all-New England selection out of Exeter/West Greenwich High School in Rhode Island, Belanger’s exploits in high school were astounding. A four-time conference champion and three-time state champion, Belanger was the 2006 Rhode Island Wrestler of the Year. He went on to wrestle at Old Dominion University and transferred to Sacred Heart University on scholarship. He was a four-year starter and two-year captain for the Pioneers.

A 2012 graduate of Sacred Heart, Belanger also has a Masters of Exercise Science and Nutrition from SHU and is scheduled to receive his Doctorate of Chiropractic degree from the University of Bridgeport in May of 2018. He assisted in the foundation of F.I.T. Wrestling Club in Fairfield that offers teams of different age groups a chance to focus on fundamentals and develop into a successful wrestler. He also works as a sports performance specialist at Jim Ronai’s Competitive Edge Sports Performance Training. He has previously served as Head Wrestling and Strength and Conditioning Coach at SHU, with strength and conditioning experience at Quinnipiac University and Evolution Sports Performance in Easton, Mass.

Justin guided the first-year program to a 3-5 dual meet record, which also saw 
Tristan Andrzejewski '17 place third at the SCC Meet in the 182-weight class and Connor Massey '19 finish 6th at the Class L Meet and competed in the CIAC State Open Meet. The program will only grow in numbers and success in the coming years. 

2016-2017 Wrestling Schedule and Results

Date Opponent Location Time Result
12/14/2016 Terryville Terryville HS 6:00 p.m. L, 63-12
12/21/2016 Portland Portland HS 6:00 p.m. W, 42-36
12/27/2016 Milford Duals Jonathan Law HS 9:00 a.m.
12/31/2016 Shelton Six Dual Tournament Away - Shelton HS 9:00 a.m.
1/4/2017 Gilbert Gilbert Gym 6:30 p.m. L, 54-18
1/7/2017 East Windsor/Bacon Academy East Windsor HS 10:00 a.m. W, 45-36;
W, 48-16
1/11/2017 Northwestern Northwestern HS Gym 4:30 p.m. L, 39-36
1/21/2017 Eagle Classic East Catholic HS 8:30 a.m.
1/25/2017 Morgan Morgan HS 6:00 p.m. L
1/28/2017 Rodney Smith Invitational Away 9:00 a.m.
2/1/2017 Derby Derby HS Gymnasium 6:30 p.m. L, 37-36
2/4/2017 Foran Duals Foran HS 9:00 a.m.
2/11/2017 SCC Championships Cross HS 9:00 a.m. 12th Place
2/17/2017 CIAC Class L Championships Bristol Central HS 4:00 p.m. Connor Massey 6th place
2/18/2017 CIAC Class L Championships Bristol Central HS 9:00 a.m. 24th Place
2/24/2017 CIAC Open Championship Floyd Little Athletic Center-New Haven 4:00 p.m. Connor Massey competed
2/25/2017 CIAC Open Championship Floyd Little Athletic Center-New Haven 9:00 a.m.

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