The boys relaxing after hitting the Williams Inn buffet!

Hope all the mom’s out there had a terrific Mothers Day!  I realize that we are knee-deep in the very successful spring athletic season, but as the wrestling team just held its year-end banquet, I thought I would pen one final update to summarize the season, recognize individual accomplishments and honor the graduating seniors.  This is a bittersweet task as the parent of a senior.

The Year in Review

The team came into this year with great expectations given last year’s success.  Unfortunately the injury bug afflicted the team in a significant way throughout the season.  Nevertheless, everyone pitched in and guys wrestled hurt and many wrestled up anywhere from one to three weight classes so as not to give up a forfeit.  The Eph’s dual meet record of 12-11 is a bit misleading as six losses were decided by four points or less (one match).  Highlights of the year included:

  • First ever dual meet win over 22nd ranked Luther College (Iowa)
  • 4th place finish in the Bud White National Duals at Lycoming College.  During the tournament, Williams defeated 11th ranked York and 27th ranked Messiah.
  • 4th place finish in the NEWA duals
  • 2nd place finish in the NEWA year-end tournament.  Seven All NEWA Wrestlers (Antista ’13, Foote ’13, Lomio ’14, Malo ’11, Martin ’12, Mattana ’11 and Paulish ’11), four finalists (Antista ‘13, Foote ‘13, Malo ‘11 and Paulish ‘11) and two champions (Antista ’13 and Paulish ’11)
  • Team GPA of 3.573 which was the highest in school history and second nationally among all NCAA schools
  • NCAA Tournament
    • School record four wrestlers qualified for the NCAA National Tournament  (Antista ’13, Foote ’13, Malo ’11 and Paulish ’11)
    • 23rd place finish
  • Two Eph freshman won the NEWA Conference “Futures Tournament” (Brooks ’14 and Treadgold ‘14)

Awards

The following awards were distributed at the banquet:

  • NCAA All American:  Malo ’11, 4th     Malo is one of only three Williams’ wrestlers to be a three time All American.
  • NCAA Academic All American:  Antista ’13, Mattana ’11, Paulish ’11 and Tanabee ’13.  Paulish is one of only four Williams’ wrestlers to be a three time Academic All American.
  • All Academic NESCAC:  Henglin ‘13, Hanley ‘12, Levine ‘11, Mattana ‘11, Paulish ‘11 and Sanderson ‘13
  • Rookie of the Year- Lomio ‘14
  • Most Team Points- Malo ‘11
  • Unsung Hero- Antista ‘13
  • Bullock Award – Mattana ‘11 and Paulish ‘11

Seniors

This year’s seniors arguably compiled the best run of success in any four year span in Williams wrestling history.  They finished 3rd , 1st, 1st and 2nd in the NEWA year-end tournament, defeated many nationally ranked teams, consistently ranked in the top thirty each year, sent seven guys to nationals and brought back two All Americans.  Here is a brief run-down on each senior and their post graduation plans.

Zeb Levine.  Zeb battled many injuries over his four years missing most of his sophomore and junior years.  Being the warrior and team player that he is, Zeb wrestled through injuries this past year and wrestled up a couple of weight classes and scored several big wins.  Zeb will be attending graduate school on a fellowship in the UK for the next two years.

Ryan Malo:  Tri-captain.  Three time NCAA All American (2nd, 2nd, and 4th), three time All NEWA (two titles), and holds the NCAA D3 record for pins in a career.  Holds the Williams records for wins in a season (46) and pins in a season (38).  Scored the most pins in the 2009 Division 1 Midlands wrestling tournament.  Career record of 125-16.  Will be attending graduate school at the University of Virginia while completing his final year of eligibility wrestling D1 for the Cavaliers.

John Mattana:  Tri-captain.  Two time Academic All American, two time All NEWA, career record of 109-36, an iron man who never missed a weigh-in or match during his Williams career. Josh will be working on Wall Street.

Corey Paulish.  Tri-captain.  Three time NCAA qualifier and one time All American (4th), three time NCAA Academic All American, four time All NEWA (two titles), career record of 129-35 and holds the Williams record for wins in a career.  Took second in the 2009 Division 1 Wilkes Open.  Will be working as an analyst for a strategy consulting firm in Boston.  

George Sullivan.  George was unable to compete during his freshman, sophomore and senior years due to injury.  During his junior year George had much success on the mat and achieved  All NEWA.  George will be continuing his education with plans to enter medical school.

 Thank you for taking an interest in the wrestling team.  I hope to find a successor to keep the Eph Blog community up-to-date on the happenings of the wrestling team.. Stay well….Peace.

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