HARTFORT, CT – The Williams College wrestling team traveled to Trinity College today to take on the Bantams in their first Dual Match of the season. After edging out Trinity 22-20 last season, the Ephs looked to repeat their success this year.
A deceptively close final score of 25-19 for the Ephs would seem to indicate there was a good deal of back and forth. In reality, the Ephs took a commanding 22-0 lead in their first four matches before conceding some ground later on. A win in one of the few duals of the 2017-2018 season bodes well for a successful string of competitions down the road.
Head coach Scott Honecker was very pleased with how the team performed: "This is a special group of guys. I asked four of them to wrestle out of weight class tonight to win this dual, in some cases causing them to be overmatched in weight and strength. There wasn't a single complaint as every team member is all in on helping their brothers win. "
A Trinity College forfeit at 125 pounds got the ball rolling for the Ephs with a 6-0 lead. Senior Ben Morton kept the momentum with a dominant 10-3 decision victory over his opponent at the 133-pound weight division. With the score now at 10-0, another Bantam forfeit opened the lead to 16. Senior Alex Pankhurst delivered with an important 2:59 pin at 144 pounds to push the Ephs to a 22-0 lead. Not to be kept out for long, Trinity recorded their first points at 157 pounds. Veteran Bantam Grant Sorensen delivered a 22-11 decision victory to make the match score 22-5. In the following matchup, Trinity junior Jack Reilly cut the deficit to 14 with a 7-3 decision victory. Moving into the 174-pound division, the score sat at 22-8. First year Tariq Grissom cut the Trinity rally short with a 9-3 decision victory over sophomore Stephen Cerrone. Grissom's points were the last the Ephs would score on the day, but were enough to keep a final Bantam surge at bay. Three more Trinity College victories landed the final score of 25-19.
Coach Honecker singled out a few of his wrestlers for particular praise: "Alex Pankhurst was the big dog tonight, coming up with a huge fall. Ben Morton opened with a big win and Alex pumped up the volume immediately after that. Nasir Grissom provided the win that really extended our lead. I was impressed with his conditioning has he pushed his opponent for all 7 minutes in a dominating win."
He continued: "It's good to end the semester on a win, now we can regroup, recover, ace final exams and set our sights on the winter ahead."
With the semester wrapping up and winter break beginning immediately after, the Ephs will be taking a few well-deserved weeks off from competition. Action will return late in December with the Ephs' last chance to compete in 2018 at the annual Citrus Invitational in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The multi-day tournament will span the entirety of December 29th and the 30th and feature single match elimination with a chance to wrestle back in the consolation bracket.
Trinity v. Williams
125: W - David Yeh won by forfeit (6-0)
133: W - Ben Morton d. Finn McGovern, 10-3 (10-0)
141: W - Joe Rossetti won by forfeit (16-0)
149: W - Alex Pankhurst d. Joe Penna WBF at 3:59 (22-0)
157: T - Grant Sorensen d. Brendan Kiernan, 27-11 (22-5)
165: T - Jack Reilly d. Brendon Seyfried, 7-3 (22-8)
174: W- Tariq Grissom d. Stephen Cerrone, 9-3 (25-8)
184: T - Evan Frank d. Luke Anselmi, 6-1 (25-11)
197: T - Mason Sangillo d. Bennett Caplin, 18-3 (25-16)
HWT: T - Anders Klass d. Ian Darling, 9-4 (25-19)
EXH: T - Lukas Kaminski d. Dylan Millson, 5-2
Williams 25, Trinity (Conn.) 19