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Final Wrestling Update

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) Read more
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D3 Wrestling Nationals Preview

Ryan Malo '11

The NCAA D3 Wrestling Nationals will be held on March 10th and 11th hosted by the University of Wisconsin at La Crosse.  Williams will be sending a school record four wrestlers to the tournament.

Ces Antista, ’13, 141 (first trip)

Corey Paulish, ’11, 149 (third trip, All American in 2009 at 141)

Ryan Malo, ’11, 197 (third trip, All American and finalist in 2009 and 2010)

Tom Foote, ’13, HWT (first trip)

There will be 59 teams represented which approximates 66% of the schools sponsoring D3 wrestling programs.  Of the 59 schools, 23 are sending one competitor and 18 are sending four or more.  Wartburg qualified their entire ten man line-up (in the Iowa Conference, the top three place finishers at each weight qualify).

The brackets were released yesterday and to be blunt, Williams did not get favorable draws.  The seeding committee ranks the top eight wrestlers at each weight and randomly draws in the remaining wrestlers.  This is a double elimination tournament and you need to finish in the top eight to make All American. In a few weight classes there are more than 16 wrestlers.  In those situations there are one or two “rat tail” matches to get to an even 16 man bracket.  The unfortunate wrestlers who were randomly assigned a rate tail match will have to win three matches to make All American.  Paulish and Foote have rat tail matches. 

Here is an overview of the first round. Read more

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Eph’s Take Second at NEWAs – Four Qualify for Nationals

Coach Hausenfus and team celebrating with the second place trophy

The Williams College wrestling team had a fantastic performance at this weekend’s New England Wrestling Association tournament taking second place to Springfield College.   At the conclusion of day one, it was a three way horse race for second among Williams, Wesleyan and Johnson and Wales, where one point separate the three teams.  The Eph’s really stepped it up on day two and clinched their second place finish at the conclusion of the consolation finals.  This group of seniors has enjoyed much success at the NEWA’s with place finishes of 3rd, 1st, 1st and 2nd over their careers.

Williams had seven of its wrestlers achieve “All England” status. 

Josh Mattana ’11 was 6th at 125

Ces Antista, ’13 was 1st at 141

Corey Paulish, ’11 was 1st at 149

Kyle Martin, ’12 was 6th at 165

Mike Lomio, ’14 was 3rd at 184

Ryan Malo, ’11 was 2nd at 197

Tom Foote, ’13 was 2nd at 285

More importantly, Williams qualified four wrestlers to the NCAA Nationals to be held at the University of Wisconsin at La Crosse on March 11th and 12th – a school record.  Antista and Paulish received automatic bids due to their first place finishes, while Malo and Foote received wild card bids that are awarded by the coaches at the conclusion of the tournament.

Other notable achievements at the tournament included Josh Mattana recording his 100th career win, Corey Paulish breaking Carl Breitenstein’s record for career wins with 127 and Mike Lomio being named conference Co-Rookie Wrestler of the Year.

It was a great tournament and I’m sure our guys will represent Williams College and the New England conference extremely well at Nationals.  I’ll provide an overview of nationals next week.

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New England Wrestling Association Overview

 

Corey Paulish, '11

This weekend the New England Wrestling Associating championships will be held on February 26th and 27th at Trinity College.  Williams won this tournament the past two years and is looking for a three-peat.  The team title will be closely contested with Williams, Wesleyan, Springfield, Johnson and Wales and Rhode Island College all vying for the championship.  What’s at stake for the individual wrestlers is a trip to the NCAA Nationals that will be hosted by the University of Wisconsin at Lacrosse on March 11th and 12th.

Winners of each weight class receive an automatic berth to nationals.  In addition, the conference has four “wild card” selections that the coaches will select at the conclusion of the tournament.

d3wrestle.com prepared a detailed overview of the tournament by weight class and it can be viewed at the following link. 

http://www.d3wrestle.com/?p=3833

The team has taken the last two weeks to get healthy and prepare for NEWAs.  Read more

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Wrestling: Mid-Season Update

Josh Mattana (’11)

I hope everyone is enjoying their holiday season.  Given that we are at the end of the fall semester wrestling competition, I thought I would provide a brief overview of the season to date.

The Eph’s are a very talented wrestling team as evidenced by the pre-season coaches’ polls where they were ranked 1st in the New England Wrestling Association (NEWA) and 13th in the National Wrestling Coaches Association (NMCA) polls. However, because of lingering injuries and illnesses, the Eph’s never had a chance to put their projected starting line-up on the mat at the same time.  Based on the latest polls, the Eph’s are 4th in the NEWA and have dropped out of the NWCA.

Williams has two projected starters who have yet to wrestler due to injuries.  Both have been medically cleared to begin competition when the team regroups on January 2nd. Three other starters have been in and out of the line-up due to a variety of injuries and are using this time off to get healthy.  It should be noted that teammates have stepped up and several guys have been wrestling up a weight class (or two) to do whatever is necessary to help the team.  Special recognition goes to Carson Brooks (’14), Darius Charles (’14), Scott Sanderson (’13), Kyle Martin (’12) and Mir Henglin (’13).

In dual meet competition, the Eph’s are 3-2 with a program first win over Luther College of Iowa.  In the first half, Ces Antisa (’13) and Ryan Malo (’11) have carried the team and are wrestling extremely well.  In the national polls, Antista is ranked 5th and Malo 2nd. In the NEWA, the Ephs have three wrestlers ranked 1st (Antista, Paulish and Malo), one 3rd (Foote) two 6th (Tanabe and Lomio) and one 7th (Mattana).    

Over the holidays’, the Eph’s competed in the Wilkes Open and at the Midlands.  Both are highly competitive Division 1 tournaments.  Injuries and the weather limited the Eph’s to six participants in the Wilkes Open.  Team results were highlighted by tri-captain Josh Mattana’s (’11) fourth place finish at 125.  Heavyweight Colin Curzi (’12) wrestled well and went 2-2, just missing out on placing in the tournament.  The Midlands is hosted by Northeastern University and it is an invitation only event.  This year Ryan Malo (’11) and Corey Paulish (’11) were invited to attend.   Paulish had to withdraw due to injury and Ces Antista (’13) replaced him.  Unfortunately, weather conditions in the Northeast prevented Antista from getting to Chicago in a timely manner and he had to withdraw.  Malo wrestled well and went 1-2 in the tournament against nationally ranked Division 1 competition.

Upcoming key January events include the following:

  1. Bud Whitehill duals at Lycoming College on January 13th and 14th.  This is a twenty team dual meet tournament with teams from across the country.  To the best of my knowledge, this will be the first time Williams competes in this event.
  2. NEWA Dual meet tournament at Bridgewater State on January 23rd.  Williams won this tournament for the first time ever last year and will be looking to defend its title.
  3. NEWA/Metro Conference Duals at The College of New Jersey on January 29th.  Williams will wrestle Hunter College, NYU and TCNJ.  Last year Williams defeated TCNJ for the first time ever and they will be posed for revenge.

The second semester is what separates the men for the boys, and with a little luck in the “health” department, the Eph’s should achieve its pre-season potential and peek for the conference tournament and the NCAAs. 

I’ll be back in touch after the Bud Whitehill duals with a brief update.

Have a safe and Happy New Year!

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Wrestling Rankings

Corey Paulish ’11

Today’s wrestling update is on the national and conference rankings.

Team Rankings

There is one national and one conference ranking.

1. The Brute/Adidas National Wrestling Coaches Association.  This national ranking is conducted on a bi-weekly basis throughout the season, and is based on the input of six coaches (including Coach Hasenfus of Williams) that cover the nine D3 wrestling conferences. In the October 22nd pre-season edition, Williams was ranked 13th—the highest of any New England Wrestling Association (NEWA) team (Springfield College is ranked 19th). The ranking can be found at this link: http://www.d3wrestle.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/NWCA-Teaml-Rankings-1-20101022.pdf

2. NEWA Conference.  This ranking is generally published on a weekly basis and in the November 8th pre-season coaches poll, Williams is ranked 1st, receiving 10 of 12 first place votes.  The ranking can be found at this link:  http://www.d3wrestle.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/NEWA-Coaches-Poll-1-11.8.10.pdf.

Individual Rankings

On an individual basis, there are two national and one conference ranking.

1. Brute/Adidas National Wrestling Coaches Association. This national ranking publishes the top ten wrestlers in each weight class. The ranking can be found at this link:  http://www.d3wrestle.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/NWCA-Individual-Rankings-1-20101022.pdf.

2. d3wrestle.com. This national ranking is published periodically throughout the season by the head coach at Gettysburg College (who started and manages the website that is a fantastic source of information for all things D3 Wrestling). For each weight class he publishes the top ten along with “The Contenders” (guys who are on the brink of breaking into the top ten) and “Honorable Mention”. If a wrestler is in one of these three categories, he is ranked in the top 25 in the nation. It can be found at this link: http://www.d3wrestle.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/Ranking_Prelim_20100920.pdf.

3. NEWA Conference.  The coaches rank the top eight wrestlers by weight class.  Williams has a wrestler ranked in nine of ten weight classes.  The ranking can be found at this link:    http://www.d3wrestle.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/NEWA-Individual-Rankings-Pre-season-10.29.pdf

Summary

Here is a summary of where the Eph’s stand on an individual and team basis in the conference and national rankings.

    Conference National
Weight Wrestler NEWA D3Wrestle NWCA
125 Matanna ‘11 5th
133 Tanabe ‘13 6th
141 Antista ‘13 2nd 17th
149 Paulish ‘11 2nd 8th 7th
157 Brackup ‘13 6th
165 Foster ‘11 5th
174 Sullivan ‘11 3rd
197 Malo ‘11 1st 2nd 2nd
HWT Foote ‘13 2nd 22nd
         
Team 1st Does Not Rank 13th

Later this week, I’ll preview the upcoming schedule and this Saturday’s Doug Parker Tournament at Springfield College.

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Williams 2010-11 Wrestling Team Introduction

In this pre-season installment, I would like to introduce the members of the 2010-11 Williams College wrestling team. 

This is a veteran group that will return seven starters from last year’s team that took first in the New England Wrestling Association (“NEWA”).  The team will be lead by senior tri-captains Josh Mattana (125), Corey Paulish (149) and Ryan Malo (197–pictured above).  Other returning starters include seniors Jon Foster (165) and George Sullivan (174) and sophomores Ces Antista (141) and Tom Foote (285).  This group will be joined by other talented returning wrestlers and an impressive freshman class that includes state qualifiers from NJ, NY, OH and PA. 

In presenting the team by weight class, my ordering convention is as follows:  if there is a returning varsity wrestler they are listed first, next are others in the weight class in grade descending order and if there are multiple wrestlers in a grade, they are alphabetized. 

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Josh Mattana (’11), senior tri-captain, 3 year varsity wrestler, 29-14 last season, 6th in NEWA in 2009, 2 x Academic All American

Taylor Trendgold, (’14), Voorheesville HS, NY state qualifier Read more

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First Day of Wrestling Practice!

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 Read more

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Williams Club in NY is Closing 5/31/10

Below is an email that was distributed to all Club members earlier today.  I am staying in one of their hotel rooms this evening and its sad to think that it will be for the last time.  I for one will miss it.

Dear Williams Club Members,
 
After nearly a century of serving our extended New York City community from our location on East 39th Street, the Williams Club will cease its own clubhouse and hospitality operations and move its membership program and related activities to the Princeton Club of New York on June 1, 2010.

Through a special arrangement reached with the Princeton Club, all Williams Club members who renew their annual memberships in the coming weeks will have the full rights of regular members of the Princeton Club, located on West 43rd Street between 5th and 6th Avenues,  including full access to its membership facilities and services. The Princeton Club, which already is a base for clubs of Columbia and NYU alumni, has newly remodeled hotel, dining, meeting and athletic facilities. We hope to see a bust or image of President James A. Garfield, an 1856 graduate of Williams College, join those of Presidents Woodrow Wilson and Dwight D. Eisenhower in the Princeton Club’s members lounge.   Read more

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Urgent: Support Coach Dan DiCenzo!

With the recent announcement of football coach Mike Whalen moving to Wesleyan, there is a possibility that Coach DiCenzo, who has been an assistant football coach and head wrestling coach for several years, may leave as well. 

Coach DiCenzo leaving Williams would be a serious blow to the football and wrestling programs.   Below is an email that was distributed to football team parents.  It was subsequently circulated to the wrestling team parents.  PLEASE take a moment to write or call the Athletic Director with your support of Coach DiCenzo. 

Thank you!

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“You all know that Coach Whalen is leaving for Wesleyan. That will be a significant loss to the football program and all of us personally. However, there is a very strong likelihood that Coach Dan DiCenzo will go with Mike to Wesleyan unless we all take immediate steps to let Williams know how we feel.

If Mike was the brains and backbone of Williams football, Dan DiCenzo is the heart of the team. If you haven’t seen it for yourself, ask your son.

The entire Williams coaching staff is exemplary, but Dan has distinguished himself by what he’s done over the last six years at Williams and deserves to be the head football coach. Dan’s resume includes stints with Trinity, Brown, and the Kansas City Chiefs, but Williams is his alma mater and that is where he has had his biggest impact. He is the best motivator on the team and knows each player personally and what makes them tick. He has a consummate knowledge of the game. Dan was a standout player at Williams and knows the system as both a player and a coach. He is the best recruiter in the NESCAC. His organizational skills are unparalleled. But most important is the emotion that he brings—he inspires his players; they love him and
want to play for him.

Dan is also the head wrestling coach and has done a phenomenal job with that program as well. If Williams loses Dan, they will have to hire two people to replace him.

If WE lose Dan DiCenzo, we lose more than a coach, we lose the foundation of our football program.

Dan has a definite offer at Wesleyan, but he wants to stay and be the head coach at Williams. In all likelihood, Williams will conduct an extensive national search. Dan will put himself through that process if he knows he is the top internal candidate.

Please contact the Athletic Director, Harry Sheehy, as soon as possible to let him know that he should do everything possible to retain Dan DiCenzo and consider him a top candidate to replace Mike Whalen as the head football coach at Williams.  If you have personal stories of what Dan has done for your son or your family make sure to share them.

Coach Sheehy’s number is: 413-597-2366
His email is: hsheehy at williams dot edu

Also, reach out to Dan DiCenzo and let him know how much he means to this team.
Dan’s number is: cell 860-463-8868  office: 413-597-3573
His email is: Dan.DiCenzo-II at williams dot edu

If you know of any alumni, former players or parents or anyone who could influence this process, please share this email with them. Encourage them to contact college administration or trustees as well.

Please do everything you can to make sure that Dan DiCenzo is walking our sideline (and wrestling mats) next season as head coach.”

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NCAA Wrestling: 197 Pound Overview

Ryan Malo ’11, a returning All American, is seeded second and is looking to bring home a national championship.  Malo’s season record stands at 43-4 with an incredible 38 of his wins coming by pin. Malo leads the NCAA (at all divisions) in the pin category. Malo has been ranked second nationally behind Augsburg’s junior Jared Massey, who defeated Malo in last year’s NCAA finals.  As the second seed, Malo is on the other side of the bracket and has the 3rd place finisher from the Iowa conference Brian Broll of Buena Vista in his first match.

The smart money has Malo and Massey again meeting in the finals.  Last year’s match was won by Massey on his feet.  Malo has greatly improved his game in neutral and I anticipate a very competitive and entertaining match.  

The d3wrestle.com preview of the 197 pound weight class will be posted this morning and can be found at this link.

http://www.d3wrestle.com/

Note: All photographs used in the NCAA Wrestling overviews were taken by Kris Dufour.  Great shots Kris!

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NCAA Wrestling: 157 Pound Preview

 

Below is the d3wrestle.com analysis of the 157 pound bracket.  While Carl Breitenstein ’10 did not get seeded, he pulled a favorable draw with the seven seed in the first round and the two seed in the second round.  While Breitenstein has not competed against any of these wrestlers this year, he has favorable results against common opponents.   I like his chances to place and become an All American!

Qualifiers at 157
Returning qualifiers in italics, All-Americans in bold, any year: Read more

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NCAA Wrestling Preview: 149 Pound Class

Picture taken by Kris Dufour

The NCAA Division 3 National Wrestling Championships will take place in Cedar Rapids, Iowa this Friday and Saturday.  Williams will be sending three of it’s wrestlers to the big dance:  Corey Paulish ’11 at 149, Carl Breitenstein ’10 at 157 and Ryan Malo ’11 at 197. 

The brackets were released today and can be found at the following link:  http://www.ncaa.com/auto_pdf/p_hotos/s_chools/ncaa/sports/m-wrestl/auto_pdf/Wres-D3-2010Brackets

Paulish did not get seeded and through a random draw, was paired with the number one seed, Blaine Woszczak , of Ithaca in the first round.  Paulish and Woszczak met at the finals of the York Invitational in December with Woszczak winning a 5-4 nail biter.  Based on the brackets, there is a good likelihood that Paulish and Sutherland of Rhode Island College will meet in the second round (could be championship or consolation).

d3wrestle.com is doing an overview of each weight classes through Thursday.  Here is their take on the 149 pound class.  The 157 pound class will be published tomorrow and 197 on Wednesday. Read more

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Wrestling Update: NEWA Tournament Overview

 

Below is an overview of this weekend’s NEWA Wrestling tournament that was prepared by Coach Andy Vogel of Gettysburg College and published on his website www.d3wrestle.com.  Should be a great tournament as the Eph’s look to repeat as conference champions and qualify several of their wrestlers for NCAA nationals.

New England Wrestling Association – 14 qualifiers – Saturday, February 20th at WNEC (concludes Sunday)
Predicted Team Champion – Williams

Top Individual – Ryan Malo, Williams, 197

Returning NCAA Qualifiers: Dan Bloom (Wesleyan 125), Nick Cucciniello (Johnson & Wales 133), Dylan Rittenburg (Williams 141, 2008), John Marsh (Bridgewater St. 149, 2007 @ 141), Corey Paulish (Williams 149), Kevin Sutherland (Rhode Island 149), Frank Cammisa (Bridgewater St. 157), Michael Morin (Southern Maine 165), Gregory Hurd (Wesleyan 174), Ryan Malo (Williams 197)

Williams looks to repeat, and they will bring another strong team to the tournament led by All-Americans Ryan Malo and Corey Paulish.  Malo is the NCAA falls leader with 33, and Paulish has handled the move from 141 to 149 nicely.  Those two will be bolstered by 10th ranked Carl Breitenstein.  Johnson & Wales will be the main challenger for the title with a solid blend of newcomers and veterans.  The last remaining returning All-American is Michael Morin from Southern Maine.  He began the year ranked first, but has slipped to third.  He should be right in the mix for an NCAA title.

Predicted qualifiers in bold

125: Josh Huber, Plymouth State
Top Challengers: Dan Bloom, Wesleyan; Michael Rose, Springfield; Josh Mattana, Williams; Carl Anderson, WPI

133: Nick Cucciniello, JWU
Top Challengers: Joe Grippi, Springfield; Ces Antista, Williams; Billy Cole, Southern Maine; Frederick Wilkinson, Plymouth State

141: Matt Ulrich, Southern Maine
Top Challengers: Dylan Rittenburg, Williams; Michael Trasso, Rhode Island; Jacob Gire, Trinity

149: John Marsh, Bridgewater State
Top Challengers: Corey Paulish, Williams; Kevin Sutherland, Rhode Island; Ryan McGilvray, Springfield

157: Carl Breitenstein, Williams
Top Challengers: Frank Cammisa, Bridgewater St., Mike Willey, Plymouth St., John Archambeau, Springfield

165: Michael Morin, Southern Maine
Top Challengers: Josh Berkovic, Wesleyan; Kyle Rodgers, Roger Williams; Ethan Raymond, Bridgewater St.

174: Colin Lenhardt, JWU
Top Challengers: Gregory Hurd, Wesleyan; Zach Bates, Bridgewater St., Joe Manley, Rhode Island

184: Brennan Ward, JWU
Top Challengers: Nate Shippee, Williams; Philip Ernst, Roger Williams; Raymond Moore, Rhode Island

197: Ryan Malo, Williams
Top  Challengers: Nick Cambi, Roger Williams; Eric Larcomb, Plymouth St., Patrick McCrohan, JWU

285: Jamison Sacco, WNEC
Top Challengers: Greg Vaughan, Trinity; Jacob Gagnon, Plymouth St., Tom Foote, Williams; Humphrey Swift, JWU

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Wrestling Update: JV NEWA Results

Good morning wrestling fans. Today’s topic is the results of the New England Wrestling Association’s (NEWAs) JV tournament that was held on Sunday February 14th at Springfield College.

Before we get to the results, let me first congratulate all of the JV wrestlers. The JV wrestlers are the unsung heroes of the team. Theirs is a difficult task: they go to practice each day and work as hard as the varsity athlete, pushing themselves and their practice partners to improve and to get their shot at varsity status in “wrestle offs” (i.e., matches between wrestlers at the same weight class for purposes of selecting the varsity wrestler). JV wrestlers have to manage their weight and go through the same physical and mental preparation to be ready to compete on match day (e.g., in case the coach wants to manipulate the lineup to create favorable match ups between select wrestlers, or to step in should an injury occur). In dual meets, JV wrestlers often compete in “exhibitions” (a match where the outcome does not accumulate toward the team score) against the opponents JV wrestlers.

Williams sent twelve of its wrestlers to complete in the tournament. Overall, they had a very successful tournament with half of the team placing (1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and two 5th place finishes).

At Heavyweight, it was an all Williams’ final pitting teammates Nikola Mirkovic against Colin Curzi. Mirkovic won an exciting 7-4 decision to take 1st with Curzi taking 2nd. At 133, Kiason Tanabe went 3-1 to take 3rd place. Kyle Martin went 2-2 and took 4th place at 157. Taking 5th place was Scott Sanderson at 157 (going 3-2) and Rob Brackup (going 4-2) at 165. The following wrestlers went 2-2 on the day and just missed placing; Anthony Miceli at 141 and Sam Brinkley at 149. Also competing for Williams but falling in closely contested matches included Brian Kim at 149, Paul Fraulo and Zeb Levine at 165 and Mir Henglin at 174.

Guys, congratulations on a great tournament and thank you for all you do for the team!

My next post will preview this weekend’s NEWA Tournament that qualifies wrestlers for NCAA Nationals.

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Wrestling Update: National and Conference Polls

Hello—I am the parent of a Williams’ wrestler and have agreed to provide periodic wrestling updates on EphBlog. The coaches and sports information folks do a great job at detailing the results of matches, tournaments, etc. and as such, I will try and limit my postings to information that is largely supplemental. I hope you enjoy it.

Today’s topic is the national and conference polls.

The Brute/Adidas National Wrestling Coaches Association poll is conducted on a bi-weekly basis throughout the season, and is based on the input of six coaches that cover the nine D3 wrestling conferences. In the February 9th edition, Williams jumped from 17th to 11th by virtue of its six victories since the last poll—including a first time win over the then 11th ranked College of New Jersey. The poll can be found at this link: http://www.oswego.edu/athletics/teams/wrestling/coaches_poll.html

On an individual basis, there are two national polls.
1. Brute/Adidas National Wrestling Coaches Association Poll. This national poll publishes the top ten wrestlers in each weight class. Three Ephs’ are ranked in this week’s poll: Ryan Malo is 2nd at 197, Corey Paulish is 5th at 149 and Carl Britenstein is 10th at 157. The poll can be found at the same link as the team poll above.

2. d3wrestle.com poll. This national poll is published by the head coach at Gettysburg College (who started and manages the website that is a fantastic source of information for all things D3 Wrestling). For each weight class he publishes the top ten along with “The Contenders” (guys who are on the brink of breaking into the top ten) and “Honorable Mention”. If a wrestler is in one of these three categories, he is ranked in the top 25 in the nation.

The following Ephs (with their weight class) are ranked in the most recent poll: Josh Mattana, 125, C: Cesare Antista, 133, HM: Dylan Rittenburg, 141, HM: Corey Paulish, 149, 10th: Carl Britenstein, 157, 9th: Nate Shippee, 184, HM: Ryan Malo, 197, 2nd.
The poll can be found at this link: http://www.d3wrestle.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/d3wrestleRankings20100202.pdf

The coaches of the New England Wrestling Association (NEWA) publish a weekly team and individual conference poll. In the team poll, Williams has been ranked first from “wire to wire.”

On an individual basis, the conference publishes the top eight by weight class (that includes 14 teams). In the most recent poll, the Ephs’s had a ranked wrestler in every weight class: Dylan Rittenburg (141), Carl Britenstein (157) and Ryan Malo (197) were ranked 1st; Corey Paulish (149) and George Sullivan (174) were ranked 2nd; Cesare Antista (133) was ranked 3rd; Josh Mattana (125) was ranked 4th; Andrew Gatewood (184) was ranked 6th; and Jon Foster (165) and Tom Foote (285) were ranked 7th.

The poll can be found at this link (I could only find it on the Plymouth State website). http://athletics.plymouth.edu/sports/wrest/2009-10/polls/NEWA_Individual_Rankings_-8-Final_2.9.10.pdf

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