FORT LAUDERDALE, FL – Day 2 of the Citrus Invitational saw the Williams College wrestling team claim four place-winning medals and the Ephs finished eighth in the 13-team field.
"I think everyone is a little disappointed with their results today," said Eph head coach Scott Honecker. "I am happy with the effort and attitude, and we have two months to turn that in to more wins. This group needs to trust our process. We hit a high level of competition and learned some areas where we can improve and correct mistakes."
"Coming out with four place-winners, I think we could have punched a few more guys through to the medal stand and the guys who did place can all look at what kept them from the tournament title as we make our adjustments over Winter Study.
125 – David Yeh faced Nick Daggett from UNC Pembroke in the semifinal round of the championship bracket with the winner advancing to the title place match.
Daggett posted a tech fall 16-0 win sending Yeh into the consolation bracket, where he faced Carl Cramma of Ferrum College for the right to wrestle for third place. Yeh shook off the opening match result and went on to post a 6-4 win over Cramma to advance to the third place match and a battle with Collin Wickramaratna from Ursinus.
In the third place bout Yeh and Wickramaratna went to sudden victory, where Wickramaratna prevailed 3-1 by securing a takedown. Yeh's efforts yielded a fourth place medal.
"David Yeh is still learning so much every match," stated Honecker. "He has more tools than I realized when we recruited him, and he is just scratching his potential. On this outstanding trajectory it is difficult to predict how far he will go"
133 – Ben Morton was defeated in his first match by Spencer Dusi from John Carroll University who had hung a tech fall on Morton on Day 1. However, today was much different as Morton gave Dusi all he could handle. Morton scored no points versus Dusi in their first match-up, but today Morton scored 11 points, but lost 14-11.
With the loss to Dusi Morton was placed in the seventh place match where he met
Kyle Burns from Ferrum College. Burns' 6-0 decision made Morton an eighth place finisher
"I was happy to see Ben Morton leave no doubt in his match to place," said Honecker. "He also closed distance in the medal rounds, coming close to knocking off the guy who beat him soundly yesterday. He only has a little over two months left in his wrestling career. He's enjoying his wrestling and when he's out there having fun he is dynamic and dangerous."
141 – Joey Rossetti took on Jonathan Miller from UNC Pembroke for the right to advance to the finals of the championship bracket. In a tight match Rossetti was nipped 6-5 and advanced to the consolation bracket.
In his first bout in the consolation bracket Rossetti won by a fall 2:22, defeating Javiaughn Basnight of Ferrum College.
In the third place match Rossetti squared off against Mario Vazquez also from Ferrum College. Rossetti outscored Vazquez 8-6 to medal with a third place finish.
"Joey made a mistake and it cost him a match and a spot in the finals, said Honecker. "We were really lucky, as he was presented with the identical situation in his match for 3rd. It takes a smart wrestler to make adjustments mid-tournament, and Joey did just that turning what could have been a close match into a dominant win. He needs to keep moving ahead and making gains."
174 – Nasir Grissom was matched up with RIT's John Donohue in the semifinal round of the championship bracket.
A 10-5 win over Donohue sent Grissom into the championship match where he met Jacob Rosenbaum from Ferrum College
Grissom took second place when Rosenbaum won via fall at 1:46.
"Nasir had a dominant semifinal performance and dropped a tough one in the final," noted Honecker. "He is in the mix with the competition around the country. If we can tighten up a few things he will have great success in the weeks to come."
Next up for the Ephs is their Williams Open that will be an all-day affair in Lasell Gym on Saturday January 5th beginning at 10:00 AM.