The Light Blue wrestling team had a tremendous showing at the New York State Wrestling Championships on Saturday and Sunday. The Lions placed second with 152.5 points, falling only behind the 183.5 put up by the host team, Cornell. Lions wrestlers placed in nine of the 10 weight classes, and the team leaders once again showed why they are so crucial to this season’s efforts. Seniors Steve Santos, 149 pounds; Jake O’Hara, 157 pounds; and Stephen West, 174 pounds, all placed first in their respective weight classes. The three each have back-to-back first-place finishes to start off the season. Columbia posted better results than it did last year, finishing one place ahead of Hofstra, which soundly beat the Light Blue last year.
Four seniors reflect on their time at Columbia, and what it means to be leaving these years—and NYC—behind.