ITHACA, NY – The Williams College wrestling team traveled to Ithaca College to take part in a quad meet organized there. Besides the Ephs and the hosting Ithaca College Bombers, the Wesleyan University Cardinals and the SUNY Oneonta Red Dragons also took part in competition.
With four strong wrestling programs present, all teams had a tough day ahead of them. The first matches began at 11:00 am, followed by another round at 1:00 pm, and finished with the final round at 3:00 pm. Each team got the opportunity to wrestle the other three.
With a record of 1-2 for the day against stiff competition, Eph head coach Scott Honecker was pleased with the team's performance: "This was a great event today. All top teams and everybody is getting close to their best with the qualifier right around the corner. Wesleyan was our only league opponent so we were focused on them out of the gate. All 10 guys contributed to the win as we won big in some places and didn't give up the bonus points in the losses. Sebastian [Dziadkiewicz] is going to be the star of the day winning the deciding match, but none of it happens without Bennett Caplin setting it up. We have been wrestling this kid out of weight class all season long to help the team, and he gives us 100% every time out. Bennett keeping his opponent from getting a tech or a fall made it all possible. We would have preferred to be in a position to send him out to go crazy for the win, but we sent him out there with a job to do and he executed for his brothers. Of course Sebastian came through with the clutch takedown to seal the deal, and it was a blast to watch the guys celebrate the most exciting moment of the season so far."
Williams began their Sunday against Wesleyan University. A prior encounter at the Budd Whitehill Duals earlier in the season ended in the Cardinal's favor. Coming in to today's duals Wesleyan was ranked well ahead of Williams.
Wesleyan went up early at 125 pounds with overtime 5-3 victory to take a 3-0 lead. Senior Ben Morton led the way for the Ephs first points at 133 pounds. His 12-6 decision victory set the tone and evened the score at 3-3.
Sophomore Joey Rossetti extended the lead in the following match with a decisive 4:45 pin to put Williams up six at 9-3. Another Cardinal decision victory at 149 pounds cut the lead down to three at 9-6.
Fellow sophomore Brendan Kiernan pushed the Ephs further ahead with an 8-4 decision victory. His success moved the score to 12-6. A Major Decision victory at 165 pounds gave Wesleyan four more points and moved the match score to 12-10 moving into 174 pounds.
First year Tariq Grissom started a minor streak for Williams with an 11-5 decision victory over his opponent at 174 pounds. Junior Luke Anslemi followed suit with an 11-6 decision victory in his match. Their success pushed the Ephs to a dominant eight-point lead at 18-10.
A final major decision victory at 197 pounds would be the last points scored by Wesleyan for the match. Senior Sebastian Dziadkiewicz sealed the deal with a final victory in the final heavy weight match to put the Ephs up seven.
The final score of the dual was 21-14 in favor of the Ephs.
Williams 21 – Wesleyan 14
125 LB: Zack Murillo (WESLEYAN) def. David Yeh (WILLIAMS) | SV-1: 5-3
133 LB: Ben Morton (WILLIAMS) def. Amir Daouk (Wesleyan) | DEC: 12-6
141 LB: Joseph Rossetti (WILLIAMS) def. Tristan Stetson (Wesleyan) | FALL: 4:45
149 LB: Shane Ross (Wesleyan) def. Alex Pankhurst (WILLIAMS) | DEC: 3-2
157 LB: Brendan Kiernan (WILLIAMS) def. Aaron Goldman (Wesleyan) | DEC: 8-4
165 LB: Roy Forys (WESLEYAN) def. Yo Akiyama (WILLIAMS) | MD: 10-2
174 LB: Tariq Grissom (WILLIAMS) def. Marco Gaita (WESLEYAN) | DEC: 11-5
184 LB: Luke Anselmi (WILLIAMS) def. Duncan Kreutter (WESLEYAN) | DEC: 11-6
197 LB: Simon Chee (WESLEYAN) def. Bennett Caplin (WILLIAMS) | MD: 14-3
285 LB: Sebastian Dziadkiewicz (WILLIAMS) def. Harrison Karp (WESLEYAN) | DEC: 3-1
For the second match of the day Williams College took on SUNY Oneonta College. The Red Dragons lost their first match to Ithaca College with a score of 27-12.
To start things off for the Ephs, first year David Yeh returned to his winning ways with a 5-3 decision victory over his opponent. His efforts put the Ephs up 3-0.
The Red Dragons returned quickly with a high scoring 15-13 decision victory at 133 pounds to even the match at 3-3. Rossetti extended his day's winning streak with a 4-2 decision victory to push the Ephs up three again.
Maintaining the head to head theme, SUNY Oneonta managed to capture the 149 weight class with a nail-biting 5-4 decision victory. The score was tied at 6-6 heading into the 157 pound match. Senior Brendon Seyfried earned a dominant 1:00 pin over his opponent to push the Ephs out to a six point lead at 12-6.
The Red Dragons cut into that lead in the following match with a decision victory at 165 pounds. Grissom joined his teammate Rossetti in winning his second of two matches at 174 pounds. The 8-5 decision victory made the score 15-9. Unfortunately, these would be the last points scored by Williams in this dual.
SUNY Oneonta competitors notched victories at 184 pounds and 197 pounds. A final forfeit in the heavyweight division meant the Red Dragons ended the match up seven points.
The final outcome was 22-15 for SUNY Oneonta.
SUNY Oneonta 22 – Williams 15
125 LBS: Yeh (WILLIAMS) def. Smith (ONEONTA) | DEC 5-3
133 LBS: Desousa (ONEONTA) def. Hartman (WILLIAMS) | DEC 15-13
141 LBS: Rossetti (WILLIAMS) def. Chu (ONEONTA) | DEC 4-2
149 LBS: Brazinski (ONEONTA) def. Pankhurst (WILLIAMS) | DEC 54
157 LBS: Seyfried (WILLIAMS) def. Murphy (ONEONTA) | FALL 1:00
165 LBS: Marrone (ONEONTA) def. Akiyama (WILLIAMS) | DEC 4-0
174 LBS: Grissom (WILLIAMS) def. Mansman (ONEONTA) | DEC 8-5
184 LBS: Marszal (ONEONTA) def. Anselmi (WILLIAMS) | DEC 11-0
197 LBS: Pjetri (ONEONTA) def. Dziadkie (WILLIAMS) | DEC 9-5
285 LBS: Bethel (ONEONTA) receives forfeit
For the final dual of the day, the Ephs took on the hosts Ithaca College. The Bombers entered the match 2-0 on the day after defeating Wesleyan University and SUNY Oneonta.
Ithaca College came out of the gate firing with back to back victories at 125 and 133 pounds to put them up 9-0. Senior Alex Pankhurst showed up strong in the 141-pound match. A dominant 17-7 major decision victory put the Ephs on the board to make the score 9-4.
Another Ithaca College victory at 149 pounds extended the Bombers lead to 15-4. Seyfried remained undefeated on the day with a well fought 6-4 decision victory in the following match to give the Ephs their second win of the dual.
Ithaca College returned at 165 pounds to extend their lead again. Entering the 174 pound match, the Bombers were up 22-7. Grissom continued, what has been a dominant season thus far, with a 6-5 decision victory to remain undefeated on the day. Unfortunately, Ithaca recorded wins in the remaining matches to eventually take the dual.
The final score of the match was 39-10 for the Ithaca College Bombers.
A series of exhibition matches occurred after conclusion of the final dual. Sophomore Jack Murphy led those with two dominant performances over Ithaca College representatives. His first match ended in a 9-2 decision victory, and his second ended similarly with a 10-3 decision victory.
#6 Ithaca 39 – Williams 10
125 LB: Ferdinand Mase (ITHACA) def. David Yeh (WILLIAMS) | MD: 12-0
133 LB: Tito Colom (ITHACA) def. Dietrich Hartman (WILLIAMS) | TF: 29-12
141 LB: Ben Brisman (ITHACA) def. Joseph Rossetti (WILLIAMS) | FALL: 1:30
149 LB: Alex Pankhurst (WILLIAMS) def. Joe Rorick (ITHACA) | MD: 18-7
157 LB: Brendon Seyfried (WILLIAMS) def. Greg Lee (ITHACA) | DEC: 6-4
165 LB: Austin Whitney (ITHACA) def. Nick Anselmi (WILLIAMS) | FALL: 0:20
174 LB: Tariq Grissom (WILLIAMS) def. Eze Chukwuezi (ITHACA) | DEC: 6-5
184 LB: Jake Ashcraft (ITHACA) def. Dylan Millson (WILLIAMS) | FALL: 1:11
197 LB: Dalton Elias (ITHACA) def. Bennett Caplin (WILLIAMS) | FALL: 5:51
285 LB: Jake O'Brien (ITHCA) receives forfeit
With just two weeks left in the regular season, the Williams College wrestling team are fast approaching a difficult postseason. Their next chance to compete will come in five day's time at the home dual meet against Castleton University on Friday, Feb. 8 at 7:00 PM in Lasell Gym..
Coach Honecker summed up today's events: "Ithaca and Oneonta are top caliber teams. We can come a long way in three weeks. Every year we use this event to set the table for regionals, helping us determine our final adjustments as we head down the stretch. Great effort and intensity have been what we have been focused on all year, and we have been delivering. Now it is time to shift the attention to our execution as our guys take on the last month of season."
The last dual meet of the season will also be the last opportunity for the five 2019 senior wrestlers to compete at home. Come out to Chandler Gymnasium at 7pm on Friday the 8th to cheer on Bennet Caplin, Sebastian Dziadkiewicz, Ben Morton, Alex Pankhurst, and Brendon Seyfried.