2015 New England collegiate wrestling, week 3
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Coaches poll, week 3
Johnson & Wales keeps top spot in poll
New England Division III college wrestling poll for week 3, ending Nov. 18. First place votes in parentheses.
Week 3, Nov. 25, 2014
                                  Rec.   Pts    LW
1. Johnson & Wales (13)  0-0    148    1
2. Roger Williams (2)       1-0    137    2
3. Williams                       1-0   117     4
4. Springfield                   0-0     98     3
5. Rhode Island College  2-1     96     5
6. Coast Guard                 2-0     74     7
7. Wesleyan                     0-0     59     6
8. WPI                              2-0     50     8
9. Southern Maine           5-2     25     9
10. Plymouth State          1-0     12    nr
Others receiving votes: Norwich University 4

NEWA Wrestler of Week
Nate Giorgio (Leesport, PA), senior, 133 pounds, Coast Guard
Nate is one of two wrestlers that has won both the Roger Williams Invitational and the Doug Parker Invitational this season. Nate was dominant for the second week in a row and is wrestling at a very high level. He was 5-0 at the Parker and improved to 11-0 on the season. He had a first period pin over Evangelakos ranked No. 3 in NEWA and beat Paul Sughrue of Bridgewater State for the second week in a row in the finals. Giorgio beat Sughrue at the Parker Tournament, 7-3.

Eric Hamrick (Collingswood NJ), senior, 165 pounds, Springfield
Eric beat two nationally ranked wrestlers including the No. 1 ranked wrestler in the country – his teammate Dylan Foley. Hamrick went 6. 0 with 3 pins to win the Doug Parker at a loaded 165 pounds. He beat nationally ranked Frankie Colom in the semifinals, 2-1 and went on to beat Foley, 5-2 in the finals.  Hamrick takes over the No. 1 ranking in New England.

NEWA Rookie Wrestler of Week
Jake Savoca (Madison CT), freshman, 149 pounds, Williams
Jake went 4-1 in his first college tournament on way to a second place finish at the Doug Parker Invitational.  His efforts helped the Ephs take second place as a team.  Savoca started the day with two pins and then opened some eyes with beating nationally ranked Zach Joseph of Springfield, 12-5 in the quarterfinals. He followed that up with a 6. 5 win over Mike Giorgio of Coast Guard who was a NCAA Division III region place winner two years ago. Savoca, who wrestled at Hand, is now ranked 4th in New England

Key results

Doug Parker Invitational
At Springfield, Mass.
Team results – 1. Roger Williams 164, 2. Williams 134, 3. Stevens Institute of Technology 116, 4. Rhode Island College 111½, 5. Coast Guard 111, 6. Springfield 105, 7. Wesleyan 90, 8. Plymouth State 60, 9, American International College 53½, 10. Centenary 53 ½, 11. East Stroudsburg 45½, 12. Bridgewater State 43, 13. Western New England University 37, 14. John Hopkins 31, 15. Trinity 31, 16. Springfield Technical CC 25½, 17. Daniel Webster 9½, 18. MIT 7

Individual results
Final: Zachary Bridson (Springfield) dec. Rob Murray (Stevens Institue of Technology), 16-9
3. Nick Barbaria (Roger Williams) dec. Matt Morris (Williams), 11-4
5. Dominick Summers (Coast Guard) dec, over Earl Roberts (Coast Guard), 8-6 OT
Final: Nathaniel Giorgio (Coast Guard) dec. Paul Sughrue (Bridgewater St.), 7-3
3. Dan Evangelakos (Williams) medical forfeit over Carter Merecki (Roger Williams)
5. Christian Vallis (John Hopkins) dec. Mac Hamilton (Trinity), 4-2
Final: Jonathan Costa (Rhode Island College) dec. Greg McCrystal (Western New England), 7-5 OT
3. Ricondo Cole (Rhode Island College) dec. Justin Cochran (Roger Williams), 3-1
5. Collin Farley (Centenary) dec. Ryan Wilson (Stevens Institute of Technology), 7-6
Final: Shawn Giblin (Rhode Island College) pin Jake Savoca (Williams), 2:49
3. Daniel Downes (Roger Williams) dec. Edward Pierce (Wesleyan), 9-4
5. Simeon Everett (AIC) dec. Michael Giorgio (Coast Guard), 10-3
Final: Jorge Lopez (Williams) dec. Mike Polizzi (Stevens Institue of Technology), 12-6
3. Tyler Herzog (Roger Williams) dec. Ray Welch (Plymouth State), 12-9
5. Christopher Sullivan (Coast Guard) pin Christopher Siracusa (Wesleyan), 2:37
Final: Eric Hamrick (Springfield) dec. Dylan Foley (Springfield), 5-2
3. Francisco Colom (Roger Williams) dec. Timothy Garripoli (Williams), 3-2
5. Cj Caserta (Stevens IT) dec. Conner Bass (Stevens IT), 7-4
Final: Dan Ressler (Roger Williams) dec. Alec Golner (Roger Williams), 8-4
3. Dan Fiorvanti (Coast Guard) dec. Will Henson (Springfield), 5-3
5. Kalen Gans (Stevens IT) pin Victor Zabalu (Rhode Island College) 4:16
Final: Christoper Chorzepa (Williams) pin Christopher Perreault (Plymouth State), 2:45
3. Joshua Sibblies (Centenary) dec. Joe Albina (Roger Williams), 8-2
5. Simon Levin (Wesleyan) dec. Brad Drover (AIC), 12-2
Final: David Welch (Roger Williams) dec. Isaiah Bellamy (Wesleyan), 11-8
3. Tyler Richardson (East Stroudsburg Univ.) pin Phil Azzari (Coast Guard), 4:33
5. Anthony Brooks (Williams) dec. Brian Donovan (Western New England), 5-3
Final: Terrance Jean-Jacques (Rhode Island College) dec. Kyle Foster (Roger Williams), 9-3
3. Kyle McGuire (Trinity) medical forfeit over Tyson Searer (East Stroudsburg Univ.)
5. Chris Florek (Stevens IT) dec. Mark Howard (Coast Guard), 6-3

New England Wrestling Association (NEWA)
Individual rankings
Nov. 25, 2014

125 Pounds
1. Brian Amato, WPI
2. Zach Bridson, Springfield
3. Mike Arangio, Southern Maine
4. Bobby Jordan, Johnson & Wales
5. Nick Barbaria, Roger Williams
6. Matt Morris, Williams
133 Pounds-
1. Nate Giorgio, Coast Guard
2. Paul Sughrue , Bridgewater State
3. Dan Evangelakos, Williams College
4. Carter Merecki , Roger Williams
5. DJ Tirelli, Johnson & Wales
6. James Hamilton, Wesleyan
141 Pounds
1. Mike Ferinde , Johnson & Wales
2. Greg McCrystal Western New England
3. Ricando Cole  Rhode Island College
4. Justin Cochran , Roger Williams
5. Matt Pelton, Wesleyan
6. Matt McAllister, Coast Guard
149 Pounds
1. Joey Gaccione , Johnson & Wales
2. Shawn Giblin Rhode Island College
3. Dan Del Gallo, Southern Maine
4. Jake Savoca , Williams
5. Dan Downes  , Roger Williams
6. Zach Joseph  Springfield-
157 Pounds
1. Jorge Lopez , Williams
2. Ty Herzog  , Roger Williams
3. Tanner Burke, WPI
4. CJ Luth, Southern Maine
5. Ray Welch, Plymouth State-
6. Andrew Stock , Johnson & Wales

165 Pounds
1. Eric Hamrick  Springfield
2. Francisco Colom, Roger Williams
3. Tim Garripoli  Williams College
4. Sean Prell , Johnson & Wales
5. Matthew Libby, Rhode Island College
6. Taran Carr, Wesleyan
174 Pounds
1. Will Burns, Norwich University
2. Danny Ressler, Roger Williams
3. Ryan Sblendorio, Wesleyan
4. Dan Fiorvanti, Coast Guard
5. Kenny Dougherty, Johnson & Wales
6. Justin Marsh  WPI
184 Pounds
1. Chris Chorzepa  Williams College
2. Jon Deupree, Southern Maine
3. Mike Labell, Johnson & Wales
4. Chris Perreault  Plymouth State
5. Joe Albina, Roger Williams
6. Marc Wagner, Coast Guard
197 Pounds
1. David Welch, Roger Williams
2. Hunter Ayen,  Springfield
3. Sean Fagan, Southern Maine
4. Isaiah Bellamy, Wesleyan
5. Anthony Brooks,  Williams College
6. Andrew Cavanna, Johnson & Wales
285 Pounds
1. Terrance Jean-Jacques, Rhode Island College
2. Kyle Foster, Roger Williams
3. Kyle McGuire, Trinity
4. Marc Howard, Coast Guard
5. Steven Dwight, Daniel Webster
6. Irakli Kakauridze, Springfield

Franklin & Marshall spoil Sacred Heart's home opener, 21-13
FAIRFIELD, Nov. 23 -- South Windsor’s Casey Mitchell (157) and Xavier graduate Elliot Antler (184) each won matches but Franklin & Marshall (Lancaster, Pa.) beat Sacred Heart, 21-13 before more than 2,000 fans at the William Pitt Center in Fairfield Sunday. The visiting Diplomats took control of the bout by winning the first three matches to grab a 12-point lead. The Hearts (0-1) cut the lead to six thanks to victories from Brendan Goldup (149) and Mitchell. But Franklin & Marshall ‘s Jacob Conners (165) beat Johnny Vrasidas in overtime, 4-2 with a key takedown to put the Diplomats back in control.

Franklin & Marshall 21, Sacred Heart 13
At Fairfield
125: Dan Martoccio (F&M) dec. Tim Johnson, 4-3; 133: Patrick Quinlan (F&M) pin Bobby O'Neill, 6:21; 141: Robert Ruiz (F&M) dec. Kyle Brady, 10-3; 149: Brendan Goldup (SHU) dec. Michael Marano, 5-0; 157: Casey Mitchell (SHU) dec. Rob King, 8-5; 165: Jacob Conners (F&M) dec. Johnny Vrasidas, 4-2 OT; 174: Gordon Bolig (F&M) dec. Domenico Cell, 5-2; 184: Elliott Antler (SHU) dec. Anthony Mancini, 12-4; 197: Sasha Oliinyk (SHU) dec. Charles Kerkesner, 10-6; HWT: Alex Henry (F&M) dec. Dan Hayden, 6-2
Records: Sacred Heart 0-1, Franklin & Marshall 1-1

NCAA Division III roundup
Roger Williams wins Doug Parker with a solid performance
New England Wrestling Association
SPRINGFIELD – Roger Williams had two individual champions and 11 wrestlers win medals as they captured the Doug Parker Invitational at Springfield College. Eleven New England Wrestling Association teams were in the field of 17 teams. Roger Williams won the tournament for the first time with 164½ points with Williams taking second with 134, followed by Rhode Island College (111½) in fourth place and Coast Guard (111) taking fifth. Springfield (105), Wesleyan (90) and Plymouth State (60) were sixth, seventh and eighth, respectively.

Roger Williams was led by Danny Ressler at 174 and David Welch at 197 whom both won individual titles.  Ressler was dominate all day only allowing seven points and recording a pin in the quarterfinals and a 8-0 major decision over Will Henson who is ranked in the region.  Welch went 5-0 to earn his second title in consecutive weeks.  Welch was won of two wrestlers to win championships at the Doug Parker and Roger Williams tournaments.  Welch again beat talented freshmen Isaiah Bellamy of Wesleyan in the Doug Parker finals, 11-8.

The Hawks got great performances from Alec Golner at 174 and Kyle Foster at 285 both of which took second place.  Golner went 4-1 and advanced to the final with a 10-6 semifinal victory over Dan Fiorvanti of Coast Guard.  Foster pinned his first two opponents then beat nationally ranked and returning NCAA Division III region champion Kyle McGuire, 4-1.  McGuire is fresh out of football and has proven he gets better as the year continues, but Foster after placing at the region as a freshman has definitely looked like he is ready to be a top contender at 285.  The Hawks had a total of 11 place winners and had four wrestlers come back and take 3rd in Nicholas Barbaria at 125, Danny Downes at 149, Ty Herzog at 157, and Frank Colom at 165.    Barbaria knocked off talented Williams freshman Matt Morris, 11-4 to take third.  Downes beat Eddie Pierce of Wesleyan, 9-4 in the third place match.  Herzog and Colom both had to knock of ranked New England wrestlers in Welch and Garripoli to secure third.  Carter Merecki at 133, Justin Cochran at 141, and Joe Albina at 184 all took fourth for the Hawks.

Bridgewater State was again led by Paul Sughrue (133), who went 4-1 and made the finals for the second weekend in a row before falling to Coast Guard’s Nate Giorgio at the Doug Parker tournament. Sughrue pinned Christian Vallis of Johns Hopkins in the semifinals and won two other matches by major decision…Western New England had a good weekend and were led by Greg McCrystal at 141 and Brian Donovan at 197.  McCrystal went 4-1 and took second place at the Parker.  He had a huge win in the quarterfinal over previously ranked No. 2 Ricondo Cole of Rhode Island College, 12-7.  McCrystal then beat Justin Cochran of Roger Williams, 4-3 to make the finals.  Bryan Donovan won his first two matches to make the semifinals at 197.  After losing to eventual champ Welch, he then lost a very close match to returning region placer Anthony Brooks 5-3 to finish in sixth.

Plymouth State was led by Ray Welch at 157 and Chris Perreault at 184.  Welch won his first 3 matches including a 13-7 win over Geovanni Medina (New Britain, CT) in the quarterfinal.  Welch beat Chris Siracusa of Wesleyan, 3-1 in the consolation semifinals and then dropped a close match 12-9 to Herzog of RWU to take fourth.  His teammate Chris Perreault made the finals with four straight wins on his way to a second place finish.  Perreault had a good win with an 11-0 victory over Marc Wagner of Coast Guard and then won 3-2 in the semifinals over Sibblies of Centenary.  Perreault is now ranked No. 4 in New England and Welch is fifth.

Senior All-American Nate Giorgio won five matches on his way to a first place finish at 133 pounds propelling Coast Guard to a fifth place finish at the Doug Parker Invitational. Giorgio sealed his first place beating Paul Sughrue 7-3 of Bridgewater State in the championship. It was the highest tournament finish for Coast Guard in over 10 years.

Sophomore Dan Fiorvanti (174) finished third at registering five wins and beating Will Henson of Springfield 5-3 in the third place bout.  Fiorvanti is now ranked No. 3 in New England. Sophomore Phil Azzari (197) recorded five wins on his way to a fourth place finish at 197 pounds. Senior Mike Giorgio and sophomore Matthew Vieira both tallied four wins a piece at the 149 pound weight class. Girorgio eventually lost in the fifth place match to Simeon Everett from American International.

Williams’ Jake Savoca, a freshman from Hand in Madison, finished second at 149 pounds at the Doug Parker Invitational with a strong performance for the Ephs in his first college tournament. “"Wrestling in his first college event, he knocked off the No. 6 ranked kid in the country. Making the finals in this tournament as a freshman is a huge accomplishment," Williams coach Scott Honecker said.

Williams was second at the Doug Parker Invitational, placing seven wrestlers. They definitely have a team that is built to challenge for spots at the NCAA’s.  The Ephs like most teams will need to stay healthy but they looked good in their true opening weekend.  Williams is led by its pair of returning All Americans Jorge Lopez (157) and Chris Chorzepa (184), who both won titles and both made it look easy.  Lopez went 4-0 on the day, beating Welch of Plymouth State, 10-1 in the semifinal and Mike Polizzi of Stevens, 12-6 in the finals.  Polizzi just came off an 18-3 win in the semifinal over Herzog, who is ranked second in New England.  Lopez has continued to stretch the gap between him and the competition.  Chorzepa, not to be outdone, looked as impressive.  He beat Albina of RWU 13-0 in the semifinal and pinned Perreault of PSU in 2:45 in the finals.  He looks to be ready for another run at the NCAA’s.  Freshman Matt Morris (125) went 4-2 and took fourth.  Dan Evangelokos (133) was third, Tim Garripoli (165) was fourth and Anthony Brooks (197) was fifth. Garripoli and Evangelokos each won five matches and Brooks won a good 5-3 match over Donovan of Bridgewater for fifth.

Trinity College had more guys in their lineup this weekend and had two wrestlers place in the top 6.  Returning NCAA Division III region champion Kyle McGuire was third in his first tournament since football season.  McGuire who is a notoriously slow starter looked good over the weekend going 4-1.  Freshman Mac Hamilton (133) went 4-3 and took sixth.  Hamilton lost his first match but then won four in a row, including a win over Dan Sedita of Williams, a region place winner a year ago.

Springfield College was without two starters and only placed four wrestlers at the Doug Parker tournament.  Top seeded Joseph got upset at 149 in the quarterfinal to McCrystal and then defaulted out of the tournament and the Pride didn’t seem to have the depth they have shown in years past at the Parker.  They also have an interesting situation at 165 with two outstanding wrestlers in Hamrick and Foley.  One would assume one of them will drop down to 157 or go up to 174 for second semester.  Hamrick was able to win over the weekend and was a non-qualifier at 149 last year, but Foley was an All American at the weight last year and seems to get stronger as the season continues.  It is a good problem to have and once they have them both in the lineup Springfield has a real problem for teams when they get to the middle of their order.  Will Henson had a good weekend placing 4th at 174.  Henson went 4-2 and had a good win over Kalen Gans of Stevens in the Consi-Semi’s.  Gans only other loss was to Ressler the weight class champion 7-3 and Henson beat him 11-7 to move on and take 4th.  The Pride also welcomed transfer Zach Bridson at 125.  Bridson had a great opening weekend going 4-0 with 2 pins winning the championship at 125.  Bridson was impressive pinning Elias of RWU in 1:28, beating Roberts of Coast Guard, 21-4 and winning in the finals 16-9 over Murray of Stevens.

Wesleyan University took seventh place and finished with four place winners while being without senior captain Ryan Sblendorio who was out of the lineup.  Frehman Isaiah Bellamy continues to impress finishing second for the second week in a row.  This time he dropped a much closer 11-8 finals match to returning All-American Welch of RWU.  Bellamy was able to get a few takedowns and it was a much more competitive match the second time around.  It will be interesting to see these two battle if they see each other again in duals before the Region tournament.  Bellamy had three wins leading up to the final including a win 11-3 over Anthony Brooks a region placewinner last year.  Ed Pierce was 4th at 149, Chris Siracusa was 6th at 157, and Simon Levin was 5th at 184.  Pierce went 7-2 to take 4th place.  He had 4 pins and beat Strohman of Springfield 5-2 and also had one of pins over Mike Giorgio of  Coast Guard in the consolation semifinals.  Simon Levin went 5-2 with 3 pins to take 5th.  After losing his first match he rattled off  four straight wins and finished his day with a 12-2 win over Brad Dover of AIC for 5th place.

Rhode Island College finished 4th as a team at Doug Parker and had 3 individual champions on the day.  Terrance Jean-Jacques a transfer from Iowa won the 285 pound weight class.  Jean-Jacques went 5-0 with 3 falls and won in the finals 9-3 over Kyle Foster of RWU.  Jean-Jacques also had a 3-0 win over East Stroudsburg’s Tyson Searer in the semifinals.   Terrance is now ranked No. 1 in New England.  The Anchormen welcomed Shawn Giblin back to their lineup after a 2 year absence.  Giblin went 5-0 and won one of the more competitive and deep weight classes at the tournament.  Giblin beat Danny Downes of RWU by major decision 10-2 in the semifinals and then pinned Jake Savoca of Williams in the first period with a fall of 2:49 in the finals.  With the addition of Giblin and Jean-Jacques the Anchormen are definitely a top team to contend for a NEWA championship.  Victor Zabalu took 6th at 174.  He got tech falled 17-0 in his opening match but recovered winning 4 in a row to make the placing round and take 6th.

RIC, like Springfield at 165, have an interesting situation at 141.  Ricondo Cole is ranked No. 3 in New England but took 3rd this weekend as his teammate Jonathan Costa won the weight.  Costa had good wins over Wilson of Stevens, Farley of Centennary, and McCrystal of WNEU in the finals to win the tournament.  Cole went 6-1 on the day and came back and took third after dropping an early round match.  It will be another interesting situation to see if one of these wrestlers drops to 133 for the second semester, a move that could get another RIC wrestler potentially to the NCAA’s…

Connecticut natives Brian Amato (Newington) and Lucas Muntz (West Hartford) each had two wins as WPI kicked off their dual meet schedule Saturday in Worcester with victories over Southern Maine, 33-13, and Norwich University, 26-12. In a battle of two of the top three ranked wrestlers in New England, top ranked Brian Amato (125) beat No. 3 Michael Arangio of Southern Maine, 12-6. WPI (2-0) picked up wins from Farmington’s Ryan Rigney (149) and Jonathan Law’s Teddy Kostopoulos (197) in the victory over Southern Maine.

Southern Maine beat Norwich 23-18.  WPI’s Tanner Burke (157) went 2-0 with a pin over CJ Luth of USM and won a tough 8-7 match over Ben Swanson of Norwich. Southern Maine was led by Sean Fagan at 197 and Daniel Del Gallo who both went 2-0.  Fagan won two close decisions while Del Gallo had 2 major decisions and outscored his two opponents 21-3.  Steve Maldonado at 285 and David Rogers at 165 both went 2-0 for Norwich University. Rogers impressed with a 4-2 win over Andy Tanner of WPI.  Norwich Standout Will Burns bumped up to 184 against regional champion Jon Deupree but Deupree made easy work of Burns winning 18-3.
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