Eph contingent at 2009 NCAA Championships (l. to r.):
Carl Breitenstein, Ethan Cohen, Raf Vega, Corey Paulish,
Ryan Malo, Dan DiCenzo & Dylan Rittenburg

Hello wrestling fans.  I am the parent of a Williams wrestler and will again provide team updates throughout the year.  In my reporting, I will attempt to supplement and complement information that you would find on the Williams Athletics Web-site.  Additionally, in case the competition is reading, I will never discuss injuries or team match-up strategies (moving wrestlers from one weight class to another to enhance the probability of victory) or other pieces of information that I believe the competition would find useful—thank you in advance for your understanding. 

Today, November 1st is the first official day of wrestling practice for the Ephs.  While NCAA rules allow practices to begin on October 1st, NESCAC teams cannot begin until November 1st –although the captains have been running conditioning and drilling practices since school convened. 

The traditional first event for the Ephs is the Doug Parker Tournament hosted by Springfield College on November 20th.  Prior to that date, I will publish four pieces as follows:

  1. November 1st:  Bid farewell to the graduating seniors and provide an overview of last season.
  2. November 7th:  Introduce the team.
  3. November 14th: Discuss the upcoming schedule and national polls.
  4. November 21st: Provide an overview of the Doug Parker results.

On an ongoing basis throughout the season, I’ll provide periodic updates. 

The 2009-10 Season in Review

It was a dream season for the Eph’s with a 20-3 dual meet record, back-to-back New England Wrestling Association (NEWA) Championship and 23rd place finish at the NCAA Tournament.  The team was lead by two fantastic senior captains, Dylan Rittenburg (141) and Carl Breitenstein (157).  Both of these wrestlers were four-year All New England wrestlers and each was a NCAA National qualifier.  Breitenstein also broke Ethan Cohen’s ’09 record for career wins with 125.  Other senior wresters included Nate Shippee (184 and All New England) and Andrew Gatewood and Paul Fraulo, both of whom were major contributors throughout their careers.

The year was capped by the following firsts.

  • Twenty win season.
  • First place finish at the Doug Parker Tournament.
  • Dual meet victory over the College of New Jersey.
  • First place finish at New England Wrestling Association (NEWA) Dual Meet Tournament.
  • Back-to-back first place finishes at the NEWA year-end tournament. Eight All New England performances with four finalists and one champion.  Malo ’11 named “Co-Outstanding Wrestler”.
  • Three qualifiers to the NCAA national tournament (Paulish ‘11, Breitenstein ‘10 and Malo ‘11).
  • Four wrestlers nationally ranked in the top ten throughout the year (Rittenburg ‘10, Paulish ‘11, Breitenstein ’10 and Malo ‘11).
  • NCAA GPA title for all levels of NCAA wrestling (Williams beat all of the Ivy’s and other highly regarded academic institutions such as Stanford, Northwestern, University of Chicago, etc.)
  • Third consecutive NCAA GPA title for Division III.
  • Four Academic All Americans (Mattana ‘11, Paulish ‘11, Breitenstein ’10 and Shippee ‘11).
  • Team records broken
    • Wins in a career:  Breitenstein ’10 with 125
    • Wins in a season:  Malo ’11 with 46 (lead the NCAA for all levels)
    • Fastest to 100 wins:  Paulish ‘11, 102-26 career record and first Eph to achieve 100 wins as a junior.
    • Pins in a season:  Malo ’11 with 38 (lead the NCAA for all levels)

The year ended with the departure of Coach DiCenzo who left to become the Defensive Coordinator for the Wesleyan football team.  Coach DiCenzo was a driving force behind the team’s success and we wish him the best at Wesleyan (except when they play WilliamsJ).  The Athletic Department undertook a national search and named Rich Hasenfus as the next head wrestling coach.  We anticipate Coach Hasenfus will continue Coach DiCenzo’s commitment and enthusiasm to the program and will take the team to the next level.

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