The Lions kicked off the wrestling season in spectacular fashion this weekend, as a trio of senior wrestlers won their weight classes at this weekend’s Michigan State Open. Steve Santos finished atop the 149-pound bracket, while Jake O’Hara captured the top spot at 157 pounds. Stephen West continued to perform well after posting a strong season in 2011-12, finishing first in the 174-pound class. These results are especially impressive considering the deep field Columbia faced, which included seven ranked schools: No. 5 Ohio State, No. 6 Illinois, No. 13 Michigan, No. 14 Northwestern, No. 17 Central Michigan, No. 18 Pittsburgh, and No. 22 Kent State.
Four seniors reflect on their time at Columbia, and what it means to be leaving these years—and NYC—behind.