Seven Eph Grapplers Earn Regional and/or National Honors

Seven Eph Grapplers Earn Regional and/or National Honors

WILLIAMSTOWN, MASS. – Seven members of the 2019-20 Williams College wrestling team that placed eighth at the NCAA Northeast Regional earned post-season honors this winter.

Sophomore Joey Rossetti (141) was named to the New England Wrestling Association (NEWA) Second Team, sophomore David Yeh (125), and senior Yo Akiyama (157) were named NEWA Honorable Mention.

All three of the above Ephs competed at the NCAA Northeast Regional. Rossetti finished second in the NCAA Northeast Regional and advanced to the NCAA Championships in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, but the NCAA cancelled the championships the day before competition was set to begin due to the outbreak of the coronavirus in the nation. David Yeh finished eighth at the NCAA Northeast Regional, while Yo Akiyama was eliminated in the consolation bracket.

Additionally this Eph trio was all accorded National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) Scholar All-American  honors for possessing at least a cumulative 3.2 GPA and competing in the NCAA Northeast Regional.

"These three guys were our most consistent competitors all year and were the cornerstones of our first winning dual record in a few seasons," stated Eph head coach Scott Honecker.  Yo's ability and leadership will be missed and I know Joey and David look to build on this recognition in the 2020-2021 campaign."

This season Yo Akiyama posted a record of 23-10 Rossetti went 38-4 and led NCAA DIII 141- pounders in falls with 22, while David Yeh went 28-13

Four first year members of the 2019-20 Eph team earned NEWA All-Rookie Team honors this season (record):

149 – Fr. Albert Xing – (21-19)

174 – Fr. Dante Gutbrod – (10-17)

184 – Fr. William Smith – (20-21)

197 – Fr. Olamide Adeyeri – (11-18)

"It is an unprecedented accomplishment for our freshmen to have 100% representation on the NEWA All-Rookie Team," Honecker noted. "This is a great start to their career trajectory and if they stay on the path they will lead the program well for the next three years."