Damn! I guess budgets are a relative thing.
You'd think they would be smart enough not to cut wrestling.
Very sad day for me. I wrestle for all four of my years at MIT and it was a great experience. We had a decent team and could compete with almost anyone on the DIII level. The program had some very hard times early this decade, but recently has turned around. They were still short of a full lineup so their dual record was horrible, but for the 2nd year in a row they had an All-American, who would be returning next year.
The coach, Tom Layte (former DIII national champ and OW for Augsburg) was doing a great job.
Wrestling changed my life. Before I started wrestling I was an unmotivated underachieving student. A big part of wrestling is teaching that hard work pays off and I took that to heart in the wrestling room and the class room. By the time I finished HS I was a straight A student, but wrestling was the most important thing for me. I did not apply to a college that did have a wrestling program and would not have gone to MIT if they didn't have a team at the time.
Absolute shame. I guess it was a numbers game, that not enough students were going out for the team.
I had the opportunity to talk to Coach Layte on the phone a couple of times and then met him and MIT heavyweight, Glen Geesman in Cedar Rapids last month. From everything I saw, Coach Layte was working hard to build his program. Geesman is a prime example - he had no intention of wrestling at MIT, but when Coach Layte found out that he had wrestled in high school he recruited him to the team. Glen was the 3rd place finisher at the 2008 Division III Championships.
I highly recommend that everyone read JB's column in the current WIN. He is dead on!
"Wrestling made me mentally tough. Given my small size and small hands, I had to focus very hard... If my thoughts wavered, I got humiliated fast. Thus I learned to never give up whatever the odds."
Nobel Laureate, Dr. Norman Borlaug
from the book Borlaug: The Mild-Mannered Maverick Who Fed a Billion People by Noel Vietmeyer
The Sport Health and Vitality tool monitors the health of each varsity sport at MIT by tracking such areas as student interest, coaching turnover, availability of appropriate competition, quality and proximity of practice facilities, as well as program costs.
I dont' have anything to add to all the great comments about wrestling above but I see it was axed at MIT by the Sport Health and Vitality tool.