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.