Ephs Finish Night Strong Against Tough Castleton Team

Ephs Finish Night Strong Against Tough Castleton Team

CASTLETON, VT – The Williams College Wrestling team traveled to Castleton University today to take part in their final dual of the 2019-2020 season. After a strong tridual performance last weekend, in which the Ephs earned a victory over the Wesleyan University Cardinals to maintain an undefeated NESCAC record, they came into today's match looking to compete evenly at each weight category.

This is one of many times that Williams Wrestling has had the chance to face off against Castleton University opponents. The Vermont team was entered in the Williams Open and the Budd Whitehill Duals, amongst others. A strong program with a very deep bench means the dual always provides stiff competition for Ephs Wrestling. After making the two-hour trek up North, the match kicked off at 7:00 pm and ran through all categories from 125 pounds through 285. Some success in the final three matches cut a Castleton lead, but the Spartys eventually took the victory with a score of 23-11.

Head Coach Scott Honecker had this to say about his team's performance today: "I was proud of our fight tonight.  We approached this match as a data point as we head into regionals.  We have identified adjustments and I am excited to get all ten guys back in the room to make some final improvements before the qualifier.".

A switch up in the typical low to high weight lineup put the 165 pounders up to compete first. Castleton University was able to earn a decision win to start off which put them up 3-0 moving forward. With a huge team and the home turf advantage, Castleton maintained a strong start through much of the middleweight and heavier parts of the ladder.

The Spartys managed to record major decision victories at both 184 pounds and 194 pounds. Aside from these, the Ephs did not let their Castleton University opponents open much of a lead. Many of the matches came down to only a few points which happened to fall in favor of the home team. Notably, senior Dylan Millson maintained a strong performance over his last two matches. After clinching the win on senior night against the Wesleyan Cardinals, he was just barely edged out by experienced Castleton heavy weight Joseph Galusha. Millson has continued to improve after stepping up into a key vacant spot during the 2019-2020 season.

Similarly, sophomore David Yeh continued a strong show of effort throughout his second season with a close decision loss decided by a small point margin.

Late in the match, the Ephs turned it on to record key victories in the core of their lineup which was rearranged to ensure they competed last. Junior captain Joey Rossetti continued what has been a dominating season thus far with a nail-biting 3-2 decision victory over a strong 141-pound opponent in Max Tempei. Tempei was the wrestler who kept Rossetti from taking the championship at the Williams Open last season. Rossetti's victory today shows the improvements Joey has made in the offseason and his competitive drive throughout tough matches this year.

First year Albert Xing improved upon what has been a standout performance in his rookie season at 149 pounds with a wider decision victory of his own. He opened up a seven-point lead over the three rounds of competition against Cqari Bacote to finish with a 12-5 victory. Rossetti's and Xing's contributions gave the Ephs their first points of the night and moved the score to 23-6.

While the dual victory had been put away by Castleton University by the final match, senior captain Yo Akiyama put the punctuation on a statement final three matches for the Ephs at 157 pounds. Akiyama took control of Cooper Fleming early and continued to score points while giving up few. His eventual 19-3 tech fall victory fell right in line with the consistently strong string of performances the captain has had in his final season. The victory gave the Ephs another five points and completed the match with a score of 23-11. 

 

Weight

Summary

CAST

WICO

 

165

Michael Angers (Castleton) over Nick Anselmi (Williams College) (Dec 6-0)

3

0

 

174

Chance LaPier (Castleton) over Brendan Kiernan (Williams College) (Dec 8-3)

3

0

 

184

Jason Hoffman (Castleton) over William Smith (Williams College) (MD 13-1)

4

0

 

197

Mitchell LaFlam (Castleton) over Olamide Adeyeri (Williams College) (MD 15-4)

4

0

 

285

Joseph Galusha (Castleton) over Dylan Millson (Williams College) (Dec 5-4)

3

0

 

125

Joseph Valentino (Castleton) over David Yeh (Williams College) (Dec 4-1)

3

0

 

133

Nicholas Camacho (Castleton) over Dietrich Hartman (Williams College) (Dec 14-9)

3

0

 

141

Joseph Rossetti (Williams College) over Max Tempel (Castleton) (Dec 3-2)

0

3

 

149

Albert Xing (Williams College) over Cqari Bacote (Castleton) (Dec 12-5)

0

3

 

157

Yo Akiyama (Williams College) over Cooper Fleming (Castleton) (TF 19-3 4:54)

0

5

Team Score:

23

11

With the Castleton dual complete, Williams Wrestling only has two more assured weekends of competition remaining. On February 23rd a portion of the team will compete at the Future's tournament hosted at Western New England University. The following weekend is the final proving ground for the season with the other portion of the team getting the chance to compete at the NCAA Northeast Regionals. Eph competitors at each weight category will go head to head to try and advance to higher levels of competition.