Ephs Split 1-1 Against WNE and Hunter College

Ephs Split 1-1 Against WNE and Hunter College

NEW YORK, NY – The Williams College Wrestling Team traveled to Manhattan today to take on Hunter College and Western New England University in a tri dual meet. After a 3-1 record at the NEWA Duals last weekend, the Ephs came into this weekend with the momentum of a two-match win streak. 

The duals rotate each year with each team getting the opportunity to host every third year. Western New England hosted last year's tri dual which means Williams will have the opportunity to host for the 2020-2021 season. A strong performance against both teams last go around was followed up with a 1-1 record today. 

Head Coach Scott Honecker had this to say about his team's performance: "This wasn't the result we wanted but it was the dual we needed.  We saw some obvious areas for improvement and now it's time to get to work.  Fortunately for us this is coming at just the right time to apply and train these adjustments so we will be stronger in certain positions in the postseason.". 

In their first match of the day, the Ephs took on Hunter College to begin the tri dual setup. Hunter entered the match after a 10-46 loss to Western New England University earlier in the day. An early back and forth eventually settled decidedly in the Ephs favor to give them the victory.

The Hunter College Hawks jumped out to a 6-0 lead at the 125-pound category with a pin in the first match of the head to head. Senior 133 pounder Dietrich Hartman fired back to even the score at 6-6 in the following match with a pin of his own in 3:24. 

Junior captain Joey Rossetti continued his multiple week long undefeated streak in the following match at 141 pounds with another pin in 6:29. The victory gave the Ephs their first lead of the day at 12-6. First year Albert Xing extended the lead further at 149 pounds with a 14-6 major decision victory which added another four team points to make the lead ten at 16-6. 

An injury of fellow captain, senior Yo Akiyama forced a forfeit at the 157-pound match which gave the Hawks another six points to make the score 16-12. Senior Nick Anselmi returned the team to their winning ways at 165 pounds with a pin in 1:05. First year Dante Gutbrod followed his teammates lead with another 2:29 pin which, in aggregate, pushed the Ephs up twelve points at 28-6.

First years Will Smith and Larry Adyeri delivered Williams Wrestling's final points of the match and effectively put the score out of the Hawks reach. A forfeit at both 184 and 197 pounds gave Smith and Adyeri the default victories and another twelve team points. Even a Hunter College victory at 285 could not overcome the lead and the Ephs finished the match in the lead at 40-18

 

Weight

Summary

HUNT

WICO

 

125

Paul Wehr (Hunter) over David Yeh (Williams College) (Fall 0:32)

6

0

 

133

Dietrich Hartman (Williams College) over Diego Perez (Hunter) (Fall 3:24)

0

6

 

141

Joseph Rossetti (Williams College) over Andrew Cota (Hunter) (Fall 6:29)

0

6

 

149

Albert Xing (Williams College) over Elliot Natanov (Hunter) (MD 14-6)

0

4

 

157

Shabab(returning S-A): Khan (Hunter) over Unknown (For.)

6

0

 

165

Nick Anselmi (Williams College) over Alexander Michelman (Hunter) (Fall 1:05)

0

6

 

174

Dante Gutbrod (Williams College) over Michael McCAbe (Hunter) (Fall 2:29)

0

6

 

184

William Smith (Williams College) over Unknown (For.)

0

6

 

197

Olamide Adeyeri (Williams College) over Unknown (For.)

0

6

 

285

Jacob Raboy (Hunter) over Dylan Millson (Williams College) (Fall 4:28)

6

0

Team Score:

18

40

With Hunter College competing in the first two matches of the day, Williams College and Western New England University were pushed to the final match of the day. Both were 1-0 on the day entering the final dual of the afternoon. A well fought battle on both sides ended in Western New England's favor. 

WNE jumped out to a quick lead with victories in the first two matches of the dual. The 125 pound weight division went back and forth before a decision victory gave the Golden Bears a three point lead. The 133 pound division followed a similar path with WNE taking a larger tech fall victory which boosted their lead to eight at 8-0.

Rossetti remained undefeated on the day with a strong performance at 141. His second pin of the day was recorded at 1:54 which put the Ephs on the board for the first time in the match. Entering the 149 weight category the match score stood at 8-6. Unfortunately, this would be the closest Williams Wrestling would come to the lead. 

The Golden Bears managed to record victories in the following five matches. One pin, a medical forfeit at 157 pounds, and three decision victories gave the Golden Bears the winning streak they needed to put the Ephs away entirely.

In a show of their grit, the heavyweights of the Williams Wrestling team bounced back in the final two matches to cut the deficit and end the tri-duals on a strong note. Adyeri won his first full match of the day with a 6-2 decision victory over Chase LaRusso which put another three points on the board. Senior Dylan Millson rounded the effort out with a 2:28 pin in the heavy weight match over Benjamin Fallvanie to make the final score 30-15 in favor of WNE. 

 

Weight

Summary

WNE

WICO

 

125

Nicholas Arborio (WNE) over David Yeh (Williams College) (Dec 7-2)

3

0

 

133

Corey Cope (WNE) over Dietrich Hartman (Williams College) (TF 16-1)

5

0

 

141

Joseph Rossetti (Williams College) over Jackson Archer (WNE) (Fall 1:54)

0

6

 

149

Alex Starr (WNE) over Albert Xing (Williams College)) (Fall 1:21)

6

0

 

157

Ryan Monteiro (WNE) over Unknown (For.)

6

0

 

165

Jeff Suschana (WNE) over Nick Anselmi (Williams College) (Dec 6-3)

3

0

 

174

Davey Goodall (WNE) over Dante Gutbrod (Williams College) (Dec 6-4)

3

0

 

184

John Boyle (WNE) over William Smith (Williams College) (MD 9-0)

4

0

 

197

Olamide Adeyeri (Williams College) over Chase LaRusso (WNE) (Dec 6-2)

0

3

 

285

Dylan Millson (Williams College) over Benjamin Falivene (WNE) (Fall 2:28)

0

6

Team Score:

30

15

Coach Honecker concluded: "It was nice to get out of there with a win, but the best part is getting out of there with the adjustments we needed.".

A well-rounded performance today adds another key building block for the most important stretch of competition of the Ephs season. In only a month's time Williams Wrestling will enter Regionals, at which point Coach Honecker and his team are aiming to peak. Before that weekend arrives, the Ephs still have a few opportunities to get out and compete. Their next chance will occur on February 1st when they travel to Bridgewater State University in Massachusetts. Williams will face off against both Bridgewater State and Plymouth State at their senior night.