WILLIAMSPORT, PA – The Williams College Wrestling team completed the second and final day of the 32nd annual Budd Whitehill Duals hosted at Lycoming College. A difficult day of competition yesterday put the Ephs into the 13th‑16th place bracket along with Wesleyan University, Oswego State, and Wilkes University.
Today's wrestling featured two duals to determine who would take the top spot in the bracket. While the Ephs were banged up from the day prior, they bounced back with two strong victories to go undefeated on the day.
Head Coach Scott Honecker had predicted success and was pleased with his team's performance. He stated: "We had a great team performance today. It's hard to single anyone out, because everybody stepped up. Yesterday was a tough day at the office for sure. These guys kept believing in each other and rallied as a group for two dominating team wins. Oswego and Wilkes are quality programs, and it took a balanced effort out of our guys to get the victories. We need to stay this course of teamwork and positivity as we prepare for next Sunday's NEWA duals.".
The Ephs first match of the day pitted them against Oswego State. Sophomore 125 pounder David Yeh started off strong with an 18-2 tech fall victory which put the Ephs up 5-0 early on. Oswego state fired back with a tech fall victory of their own at 133 pounds to tie things up at 5-5.
Junior captain and 141 pounder Joey Rossetti delivered in the following match with a quick 1:37 pin to give the Ephs a six point lead at 11-5. A decision victory at 149 pounds cut the lead to two at 11-9 but kept Williams in the lead. Fellow captain and senior 157 pounder Yo Akiyama extended the lead again with a dominant 18-3 tech fall victory over Caleb Beach which made the score 16-8.
The next two matches featured wins for Oswego State. The 174-pound match was decided by a margin of only two points, but the effort was enough to tie the score once again at 16-16. While initially a back and forth, the Ephs ran away with the remaining matches to seize their first victory of the day.
First year Will Smith led off the anchoring effort with an 18-8 major decision victory over Colby Harblin to jump back into the lead with a score of 20-16. Senior Dylan MIllson also delivered at 197 with a well matched 4-2 decision victory which gave the Ephs another three points to make the score 23-16. The final effort came from first year Larry Adyeri who stepped up for the heavyweight match and pinned his opponent in 1:11 to make the final score 29-16 in the Ephs favor.
Williams defeated Oswego 29-16
- 125 - David Yeh (Williams) over Dan Fishman (Oswego) TF 18-2
- 133 - William Hardin (Oswego) over Dietrich Hartman (Williams) TF 16-0
- 141 - Joseph Rossetti (Williams) over Nicolai Celestain (Oswego) Fall 1:37
- 149 - Joshua Bressette (Oswego) over Albert Xing (Williams) Maj 9-1
- 157 - Yo Akiyama (Williams) over Caleb Beach (Oswego) TF 18-3
- 165 - Charlie Grygas (Oswego) over Nick Anselmi (Williams) Maj 12-3
- 174 - Isaac Mathews (Oswego) over Dante Gutbrod (Williams) Dec 6-4
- 184 - William Smith (Williams) over Colby Harblin (Oswego) Maj 18-8
- 197 - Dylan Millson (Williams) over Aidan Mathews (Oswego) Dec 4-2
- 285 - Olamide Adeyeri (Williams) over Toryan Jones (Oswego) Fall 1:11
The success of their first dual today put the Ephs into position to compete for their bracket's championship spot. Wilkes University had defeated Wesleyan University 35-15 for the same opportunity. A similar back and forth match up ultimately ended in Williams Wrestling's favor.
At 125 pounds, Yeh was the only representative on either team. Wilkes was forced to forfeit which gave the Ephs a painless 6-0 victory. Wilkes went on to cut the lead to one shortly after with an 16-0 tech fall victory at 133 pounds.
Rossetti widened the gap further with a 9-1 major decision victory to complete his undefeated streak on the weekend and make the score 10-5. First year Albert Xing joined the fray with a major decision victory of his own over Cody Dix at 149 pounds. His effort pushed the lead to nine at 14-5. Akiyama added another key six points in his 157 pounds match with Kyle Tino where he managed to pin Tino in a short 2:05. Entering junior Brendan Kiernan's 165 pound match the Ephs were up a strong 20-5. Kiernan went back and forth with Wilkes' Xavier Barber and ultimately overcame him with a 10-8 decision victory which made the score 23-5.
Wilkes managed to capture the following match to cut the lead slightly, but the gap would prove too large to overcome. Smith sealed the victory at 184 pounds with a 2:58 pin to give the Ephs their final six points of the day. While Wilkes won both the 197 and the heavyweight matches, the Ephs won the championship spot with a score of 29-17.
Williams defeated Wilkes 29-17
- 125 –David Yeh (Williams) over Unknown (Unattached) Forf
- 133 - Jack Bauer (Wilkes) over Dietrich Hartman (Williams) TF 16-0
- 141 - Joseph Rossetti (Williams) over Dylan O`Connor (Wilkes) Maj 9-1
- 149 - Albert Xing (Williams) over Cody Dix (Wilkes) Maj 10-1
- 157 – Yo Akiyama (Williams) over Kyle Tino (Wilkes) Fall 2:05
- 165 - Brendan Kiernan (Williams) over Xavier Barber (Wilkes) Dec 10-8
- 174 - John DeVito (Wilkes) over Nick Anselmi (Williams) Dec 9-7
- 184 - William Smith (Williams) over Dawson Tallant (Wilkes) Fall 2:58
- 197 - Moustafa Almeky (Wilkes) over Dylan Millson (Williams) Fall 1:39
- 285 - Roger Horton (Wilkes) over Olamide Adeyeri (Williams) Dec 13-6
Two strong matches today were punctuated by a few stand out performances. Joey Rossetti's undefeated streak today earned him All Tournament Team Honors. All-Tournament Team honors are awarded after the tournament at each weight to the undefeated wrestler that earned the most team points per match, not including wins by default, injury default or disqualification. Additionally, Will Smith was a standout from the first year class with three pins this weekend amidst very difficult competition.
A resilient effort today ensured Williams completed the Budd Whitehill Duals on the back of two team wins. The Ephs will have the chance to compete in more duals shortly as they travel to Providence Rhode Island to take part in the NEWA Duals on Sunday January 19th. The week in between will be a chance to nurse bumps and bruises from this weekend and game plan the upcoming matches.