History

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Since its inception in 1923, wrestling has enjoyed many successes. Most notably the three straight New England titles 1948-50.

In 1957 Bob Koster drove to the University of Pittsburgh without a coach and entered the NCAA Championships (all divisions) as an unseeded entrant. Koster came home with a 4th-place finish at 157 lbs. and as an All-American.

Since that time Williams wrestling has continued with its rich and revered tradition of commitment and excellence both on and off the mat, thus finding itself once again as one of the premiere New England programs in the 1990's.

Under the direction of head coach Scott Lewis the 1994-95 Ephs posted a regular season record of 11-0-0 and won the New England Collegiate Coaches Association title.

At the 2000 NECCWA Championships the Ephs finished second just behind Springfield. Seven wrestlers earned 2000 All-New England honors, highlighted by Conan Leary '02 winning the 184-pound championship. Head coach Mike Whalen was also awarded Coach of the Year in the New England College Conference.

Jorge Lopez '16 is the first Eph
to earn All-America honors
his first three years

In 2003 Williams wrestling finished tied for 17th place at the NCAA Division III Championships held at Ohio Northern University. It marked the first time in the program's history, an Eph squad finished the year ranked in the top 20 nationally. Sophomore, Tom Prairie, from Delran, NJ (PG, Blair Academy), led the way for the Ephs with an impressive 30-1 record and a national 3rd place finish at 125.

Assistant Coach Raf Vega was named the 2004 NECCWA Assistant Coach of the Year.

By virtue of their New England titles, both Prairie and Jacobs advanced to the NCAA Championships where Prairie garnered All-America honors for the second year in a row with a fourth place finish.

The 2005 Ephs finished fifth at New Englands with Prairie winning at 125 and Dolan at 165. Prairie and Dolan became the first Eph duo to finish as All-Americans in the same NCAA Championship meet when Prairie took second and Dolan was seventh. The Ephs posted their best NCAA finish coming in 12th.

Dan DiCenzo was named he NECCWA Assistant Coach of the Year in 2006 and Dolan captured his second New england title, winning at 174. The Ephs were fifth at New Englands and with Dolan's sixth place finish at 174 at the NCAAs the Ephs came in 35th.

Dolan again led the Ephs to fifth place at New Englands by winning his third straight New England title and his second straight at 174. His sixth place finish at the NCAAs gave him the distinction of becoming the first Eph to become an All-American in two weight classes and tied him with Tom Prairie for most All-American fiishes at three.


Program firsts established in 2008-09:


Seventh straight year scoring at NCAA Championships

Most wins one season 19 (19-4-1)

Most career wins 122 by Ethan Cohen '09

1st outright NEWA title

First top 10 national finish (10th/30 points)

Most Scholar All-Americans in one season: 5

Back-to-back Scholar All-American Wrestling Team National Champions

Corey Paulish most wins in a season 40 (40-9)

Ryan Malo '11

Ryan Malo set a Williams record with most pins in a season 24 – leading the nation (all divisions)

First time eight Eph wrestlers ranked in New England at season's end:
Ethan Cohen (125)
Josh Mattana (133)
Corey Paulish (141)
Dylan Rittenburg (149)
Carl Breitenstein (157)
Jon Foster (165)
Kyle Ayer (184)
Ryan Malo (197)

2009-10 Program Firsts

* First 1st Place finish at Doug Parker Tournament (Springfield College)

* First Dual Meet victory over TCNJ

* First twenty win season (20-3)

* First 1st place finish at the NEWA Dual Tournament

* Repeated as Division III NEWA Champions

* First time sending 3 competitors to the NCAA Tournament: Corey Paulish '11, Carl Breitenstein '10 and Ryan Malo '11

* Corey Paulish Won the Scholar All-American Wrestler Award                               

Corey Paulish '11

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2008-09 Highlights

A season of firsts for Eph wrestling ends with numerous prestigious academic and athletic honors.

5 Ephs named Scholar All-Americans/Ephs repeat as National Academic Team Champions

A year ago Williams wrestling had four wrestlers named Scholar All-Americans and this year the Ephs increased that total to a Williams best five wrestlers in one year.

This season's Eph honorees include: senor captain Ethan Cohen, junior Nathan Shippee and sophomores Jon Foster, Josh Mattana and Corey Paulish.

Cohen and Shippee earned the honor for the second year in a row.

To receive Scholar All-American honors from the National Wrestling coaches Association (NWCA) an athlete must be at least a sophomore and have a 3.2 cumulative GPA and meet one of the following wrestling performance standards.

The wrestler must be a national qualifier (Paulish)
or
be a conference place winner, with a minimum of a .500 record, and have competed in a minimum of 50 % of the team's regular season dates (Cohen, Mattana, Foster)
or
have a 67% winning percentage and have competed in a minimum of 50 % of the regular season dates (Shippee)

Williams won the Scholar All-American Wrestling Team National Championship for the second year in a row with a 3.54 team GPA. RIT was second with a 3.51 GPA. The Ephs' previous highest finish before winning in 2008 and 2009 was ninth place. Out of the 22 wrestlers on the Williams team, 18 have over a 3.0 cumulative GPA.

"As a former Williams student I know how challenging the academic life is at Williams and that makes me very proud of all the academic awards our team has been recognized for this year," commented co-head coach Dan DiCenzo.  "The professors at Williams are constantly challenging the students at Williams and making them be fully engaged in their education."

"What makes the Williams College experience special is the people at the college," DiCenzo stated. "So far this year I have emailed or called nine professors about meeting with prospective student-athletes or allowing a prospective student-athlete to sit in on a class and every time the professor was extremely helpful and supportive.  The student-athletes at Williams know when they come to Williams that their academics have to be their number one priority.  Fortunately, our wrestling team does an outstanding job of understanding this and they balance their academic and athletic commitments well."

"Coach Vega and I are very appreciative of the outstanding leadership provided by our three senior captains – Kyle, Ayer, Ethan Cohen and Mike Penza – who were responsible for instilling the proper work ethic and commitment to wrestling for the younger team members," said DiCenzo.

Eph notable performers this season:

Ethan Cohen '09

Ethan Cohen, senior captain (125) - 35-8 (Career: 122 - 36). Two-time Scholar All-American, Four-time All-NEWA (one of only four in the program), 2008 125 NEWA Champion and Outstanding Wrestler at 2008 NEWA Championships.

Mike Penza, senior and two-year captain - 13-11 (Career: 50-44).

Josh Mattana, sophomore (133) - 20-20 (Career: 51-7) 2009 All-NEWA, Placed 6th at NEWA Championships in a very competitive weight class.

Corey Paulish, sophomore (141) - 40-9 (Career: 63-17) two-time All-NEWA, 2nd in NEWA Championships as a freshman and was NEWA Rookie Wrestler of the year, NEWA champion as a sophomore and a national qualifier, finishing fourth and earning All-American honors.

Jon Foster, sophomore (165) - 18-14 (Career: 39-24) All-NEWA in 2009 with a 3rd place finish.  NEWA's 165 champion this season was Mike Morin of USM who finished 4th at NCAAs.  Foster lost to Morin three times this season by less than four points in each match. 

Nate Shippee, junior (184) - 14-7 (Career: 39-23) Two-time Scholar All-American.

Kyle Ayer, senior captain (184) - 20-13 (Career: 78-38) and was a three-time All-NEWA wrestler in his career.  Kyle placed 4th as a freshman and junior and took 2nd this year. 

Dylan Rittenburg, junior captain (149) - 39-14 (Career: 90-45) placing at NEWA Championships for the third time (6th as a freshman, 2nd as a sophomore (national qualifier), 3rd as a junior and a Scholar All-American in 2008. 

Carl Breitenstein, junior (157 37-11 - (Career: 88-33), placing at NEWA for the third time (5th as a freshman and sophomore and 3rd this year) Scholar All-American in 2008.

Ryan Malo, sophomore (197) was 39-2 - (Career: 39-2), a 2009 NEWA champion beating All-American Joe Silverman MIT (7th in the country) three times this year including twice at the NEWA Championships.  Ryan won the Ursinus Fall Brawl, Doug Parker Springfield Tournament and the prestigious Simpson Invitational. Malo earned All-American honors with his second place finish at the NCAA Championships, tying the best Eph finish set by Tom Prairie '05 (125) in 2005. Set Eph single season mark for pins in a season in 2009 with 24, leading all three NCAA divisions.

"I think what Corey [Paulish] and Ryan [Malo] did in their first trip to the NCAA Championships is a great accomplishment," said DiCenzo.  What makes both student-athletes such great wrestlers is neither of them is satisfied with how he placed. They both wanted to be national champions.  I feel they are happy with what they accomplished but know that they can still reach their goal of becoming national champions.  That constant competitiveness and drive is something that makes great athletes become elite athletes."

"Looking back on the season and all the accomplishments that our student-athletes achieved this year as a team is impressive, but we as a team expected it.  Raf [Vega, co-head coach] and I have a team that is willing to work hard and strive to get better every day in and out of the season, on the mat and in the classroom.  We are proud of how well they represent Williams College."


2009-10 Program Firsts

* First 1st Place finish at Doug Parker Tournament (Springfield College)

* First Dual Meet victory ove TCNJ

* First twenty win season (20-3)

* First 1st place finish at the NEWA Dual Tournament

* Repeated as Division III NEWA Champions

* First time sending 3 competitors to the NCAA Tournament: Corey Paulish '11, Carl Breitenstein '10 and Ryan Malo '11

* Corey Paulish Won the Scholar All-American Wrestler Award
Corey Paulish '11

 

2010-11 Team and Individual Records

2nd Place at New England Wresting Association (NEWA) Championships

7 ALL-NEWA Placers
Josh Mattana - 6th - 125
Cesare Antista - 1st - 141
Corey Paulish - 1st - 149
Kyle Martin - 6th - 165
Mike Lomio - 3rd - 184
Ryan Malo - 2nd - 197
Tom Foote - 2nd - HWT.

4 NEWA Finalists
Cesare Antista
Tom Foote
Corey Paulish
Ryan Malo 

2 NEWA Champions
Ces Antista
Corey Paulish

2011 NEWA Rookie of the Year

Mike Lomio

A Williams record 4 wrestlers earned berths in the 2011 NCAA Tournament
Ces Antista
Tom Foote
Corey Paulish
Ryan Malo

Corey Paulish won his second New England Championship and broke the all-time win record at Williams. He finished his career with a record 127-33 (.794)

Ryan Malo finished the season with a team leading 40-9 record. With his 16 pins this year, Ryan broke the all-time pin record in D3 with 82 pins. He placed 4th at the NCAAs, making him only the second Eph wrester to become a three-time All American.             

2011-12 Highlights

Finished 9th at NEWA Championships

3 ALL-NEWA Placers
Ces Antista - 1st -- 141
Tom Foote -- 2nd -- Heavyweight
Kaison Tanabe -- 5th -- 133

Ces Antista '13

NEWA Champion
Ces Antista -- 141

NCAA Qualifiers
Ces Antista
Tom Foote

3 Scholar All-Americans
Ces Antista
Nikola Mirkovic
Kaison Tanabe

Ces Antista - 141 - 7th
Jorge Lopez - 149 - 6th

Ephs finished 24th at NCAA Championship, third top 25 finish in program history. Second highest finish among New England teams.

 

2012-13 Highlights

Head coach Scott Honecker (l) recieves the National Rookie
Head Coach of the Year Award from Dave Mitchell, Pres.,
National Wrestling Coaches Association 


Finished 5th at NEWA Championships

Qualified three wrestlers for the 2013 NCAA Championship out of the first NCAA Northeast Regional

141- Ces Antista

149- Jorge Lopez

285 -- Tom Foote

 

2013-14 Team an Individual Records

The Ephs finished the regular season with a record of 11-8.

Seeded sixth headed into NEWA Championships the Ephs rallied to finish third.

Sophomore Jorge Lopez was named the NEWA Wrestler of the Year and freshman Chris Chorzepa '17 was named the NEWA Rookie of the Year.

At the 2014 NCAA Regionals, Williams placed 5th. In addition, Jorge Lopez '16 and Christopher Chorzepa '17 qualified for the NCAA Championships in their respective weight classes.

Both Lopez and Chorzepa reached the semifinals at the NCAA Championships.

For the first time in Eph history two Ephs advanced to the semifinals of the NCAA Tournament. Both Lopez and Chorzepa finsihed third to earn All-America honors and lfit the Ephs into 13th place.

Chris Chorzepa '17 became the 2nd
Eph freshmen to earn All-America honors

Lopez and Chorzepa are the only two Eph wrestlers to earn All-American laurels in their freshman year.

For just the third time in the history of the program two Ephs earned All-America honors at the NCAA Championship.

2014-15 Team and Individual Records

Williams turned in an outstanding 18-2 regular season dual meet record including an appearance in the finals of the Bud Whitehill National Duals and posted wins over traditional rivals Wesleyan and Springfield College.

The Ephs qualified four wrestlers for the 2015 NCAA Championships out of the NCAA Northeast Regional:

Junior Jorge Lopez won at 157 for the second year in a row, a first for an Eph..

Freshman Jake Savoca finished third at 141.

Junior Tim Garripoli finished third at 149

Sophomore Chris Chorzepa finished third at 184.

Freshman 125 Matthew Morris added at fourth place finish and the team recorded their highest finish of the regional era with a third place team finish overall.

At the NCAA Championships Lopez became a three-time All-American with a 3rd place finish at 157.

Chorzepa finished 4th to win his second All-America honors at 184.

Lopez and Chorzepa are the only two Ephs to earn All-America honors as freshmen.

As a team the Ephs finished in 10th place with the highest point total (30) in the 90-year history of Williams wrestling.