Photo by Mike McLaughlin, Columbia University Athletics
Throughout the off-season, we’re going to be getting to know returning NCAA Division I wrestlers from around the country. We sent questionnaires to every program in the country and will be sharing the results throughout the long trek to next fall. You can find them all whenever you like under the Getting to Know tag.
Name: Jacob Macalolooy
School: Columbia University
Class (for 2017-18): Senior
Columbia is a long way from Union City, California, Macalolooy’s hometown, but in his third season as a Lion, Jacob was at his best. His 16 wins were a career high and good for third-best on the team behind Garrett Ryan (285) and Tyrel White (165). Macalolooy finished eighth in his first trip to the EIWA tournament. His progression throughout the season was most evident when he avenged a November loss to Will Koll (Cornell) by handling him, 8-2, in a February dual. As a senior in 2017-18, Macalolooy will look to continue that improvement and make his first trip to the NCAA Championships.
Rate your 2016-17 season on a scale of 1-10?
What are you working on this off-season?
Chain-wrestling, escaping from bottom, big throws
Do you plan to wrestle freestyle or Greco in the off-season?
I will wrestle freestyle at University Nationals in Ohio
What was the most interesting class you took this year?
What was your favorite match this season?
For me, avenging a loss against Cornell. To watch, Max Elling versus Hofstra. (Editor’s Note: As mentioned above, Macalolooy got revenge on Will Koll after a November loss. Elling pinned Sage Heller (Hofstra) in 1:14 as Columbia won the dual, 24-12.)
If you could wrestle one person, living or dead, who would it be?
If you could change one rule in college wrestling what would it be?
Make big slams legal
If you weren’t a wrestler, is there another sport or competitive activity you’d have pursued?
When the season ended, what is the one food you had to eat?
Fried chicken and waffles