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DiCenzo to Wesleyan?

From has learned that Dan DiCenzo, head coach at Williams College, has resigned his position to become the Associate Head Coach for Wesleyan University football. DiCenzo was at Williams for six years and was Head Coach for three. In the last three seasons, Williams has compiled a 50-16-1 record and sent seven wrestlers to the NCAA championships, with three earning All-American honors. Williams won the 2009 and 2010 NEWA Championships and was the NWCA Scholar Team champion in each of the last three seasons.

No official announcement has been made, but will link to it as soon as it is posted.

Mike Whalen left for Wesleyan last month.


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

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


NCAA Wrestling: 157 Pound Preview


Below is the 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


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:

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). 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


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.


Calling PTC, Come In PTC . . .

I think we all ought to pause and recognize that several members of the Williams wrestling team have faced off against Division I competition of late and competed very well, winning a number of matches.


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