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Coaches poll, week 6
Roger Williams takes over top spot in poll
New England Division III college wrestling poll for week 6, ending Jan. 12. First place votes in parentheses.
Week 6, Jan. 12, 2015
Rec. Pts LW
1. Roger Williams (9) 5-1 144 2
2. Johnson & Wales (6) 9-4 138 1
3. Williams 6-1 116 5
3. Coast Guard 4-4 100 3
5. Rhode Island College 5-4 85 4
6. Springfield 2-2 79 6
7. Wesleyan 2-3 68 7
8. WPI 5-4 50 8
9. Southern Maine 10-4 19 9
10. Plymouth State 1-3 14 10
Others receiving votes: WNEU, Norwich
NEWA Wrestler of Week
Eric Hamrick (Collinswood, N.J.), senior, Springfield (157 pounds)
Hamrick led the way for Springfield over the weekend going 4-0. He started the day with a 20-6 major decision over Jeff Reimel of Delaware Valley, and then followed with three pins over Nicholas Wilkie (Hunter), Derek Hull (Waynesburg) and Nick Watson (USMMA). Hamrick is currently ranked No. 2 in New England at 157.
Joao went 4-0 at the NWCA National Duals helping JWU to a 2-2 record. He beat Gould of Augustana 4-1, McCarthy of Concordia-Moorehead 11- 8, Costa of RIC 5-3, and Case of Alma 8-5. Vicente is currently ranked No. 2 in New England at 133.
Scott Viera Invitational
At Bristol, R.I.
Team results – 1. Roger Williams 197, 2. Western New England 78, 3. Plymouth State 74, 4. AIC 72½, 5. Johnson & Wales 66, 6. Southern Maine 52, 7. Springfield 30, 8. Trinity 15½, 9. Daniel Webster 5½, 10. Brown 0
125: Nick Barbaria (Roger Williams) dec. Chris Cuccolo (Western New England), 3-1 OT; 3. Tim McLinden (Western New England) pin Anthony Donofrio (Johnson & Wales), 2:03
133: Mizam Tamaradze (Springfield Tech) dec. Austin Sisco (Western New England), 15-3: 3. Matt Elias (Roger Williams) dec. Zachary Ziobro (American International College), 5-4
141: Carter Merecki (Roger Williams) pin Tyler Hrycak (Roger Williams), 1:29; 3. Justin Cochran (Roger Williams) pin Anthony Milano (American International College), 2:03
149: Daniel Downes (Roger Williams) dec. Daniel Del Gallo (Southern Maine), 9-5; 3. Brandon Walsh (American International College) dec. Gideon Yim (Johnson & Wales), 8-3
EVANSTON, Ill, Jan. 6 -- Fresh off a seventh-place performance at the 52nd Ken Kraft Midlands Championships where he won six matches, Granby’s Dominick Malone (133) of Northwestern University has earned a spot in the national rankings. Malone is ranked No. 20 in the nation by InterMat.
At the Midlands, Malone beat then No. 17 Danny Sabatello of Purdue and had three first period victories by pin in his march through the bracket. Malone is 15-8 overall this season and has won 9 of his last 11 matches.
Four other Wildcats claim spots in their respective weight classes. Jason Tsirtsis continues to hold the top spot at 149 lbs. Tsirtsis is undefeated at 21-0 and captured the Midlands title at 149. Mike McMullan (285) is ranked No. 2 while teammate Pierce Harger (165) is No. 7.
Winless Hearts fall
to Army, Princeton
FAIRFIELD, Conn., Jan. 11 – The Sacred Heart wrestling team got off to a strong start but couldn’t sustain it in a 30-7 loss to Army on Sunday. The Hearts won two of the first three matches with Tim Johnson (133) picking up a 9-0 decision and Brendan Goldup (149) earning an 8-7 victory. The Hearts fall to 0-7 on the season. The Pioneers are back in action on Saturday, Jan. 17 when Sacred Heart travels to Lewisburg, Pa. to face Bucknell and George Mason
Army 34, Sacred Heart 7
125: S. Badua (A) dec. Patrick Skinner (SH) 12-5; 133: Tim Johnson (SH) dec. C. Doyle (A) 9-0 ; 141: L. Everett (A) tech fall Jay Oakes (SH) 20-5 ; 149: Brendan Goldup (SH) dec. A. Mendel (A) 8-4; 157: R. Parsons (A) dec. Casey Mitchell (SH) 8-3; 165: C. Gracey (A) tech fall Johnny Vrasidas (SH) 15-0 ; 174: B. Harvey (A) dec. Conan Schuster (SH) 4-0; 184: S. Imonode (A) dec. Elliot Antler (SH) 6-5; 197: B. Barnes (A) pin S. Oliinyk (SH) 5:19; HWT: T. McLees (A) over D. Hayden (SH) injury
Princeton tops Sacred Heart
PRINCETON, N.J. Jan. 9 – Patrick Skinner and Brendan Goldup each earned major decision victories Friday as the Sacred Heart wrestling team fell 30-8 to Princeton at Dillon Gym. "Our guys fought hard against a very good Princeton team," said head coach Andy Lausier. "Goldup did a great job to open the score up in the third period to get the major decision. Skinner continued his strong start as a Pioneer."
Princeton 30, Sacred Heart 8
At Princeton, N.J.
125: Patrick Skinner (SHU) maj. dec. Jake Intrator (P) 12-4; 133: Jordan Reich (P) maj. dec. Timothy Johnson (SHU) 15-2; 141: Jordan Laster (P) maj. dec. Jay Oakes (SHU) 17-7; 149: Brendan Goldup (SHU) maj. dec. Max Rogers (P) 9-1; 157: Francesco Fabozzi (P) dec. Casey Mitchell (SHU) 11-4; 165: Jonathan Schleifer (P) dec. Johnny Vrasidas 13-6; 174: Judd Ziegler (P) dec. Conan Schuster (SHU) 8-4; 184: Brett Harner (P) wbf. Elliot Antler (SHU) 0:59; 197: Abram Ayala (P) maj. dec. Sasha Oliinyk (SHU) 17-5; 285: Ray O'Donnell (P) dec. Dan Hayden (SHU) 11-4
Division III roundup
Three wrestlers with state ties ranked No. 1 in New England
New England Wrestling Association
Three wrestlers with Connecticut ties are ranked No. 1 in New England in Division III in the latest individual rankings released by the New England Wrestling Association. Newington High graduates Brian Amato (125) of WPI and Chris Chorzepa (184) of Williams are ranked No. 1 along with Coast Guard’s Nate Giorgio (133).
Roger Williams University turned in an impressive performance on New Year’s Eve to win the Scott Viera Invitational in Bristol, R.I., a nine-team tournament named after one of the greatest and well-respected assistant coaches in New England Wrestling Association (NEWA) history.
The Hawks had 197 points blowing away the field. Western New England University was second with 78 points, followed by Plymouth State (74). Southern Maine was sixth and Trinity was eighth. The Hawks had eight champions in Nick Barbaria (125), Carter Merecki (141), Daniel Downes (149), Tyler Herzog (157), Francisco Colom (165), Dan Ressler (174), David Welch (197), and Kyle Foster (285). They had four other finalists with Tyler Hrycak (141), Zach Marcoulier (157), Joseph Russo (174) and Joe Albina (184). They also had five other wrestlers take third.
At 125, Barbaria, ranked No. 3 in NEWA, beat No. 6 Chris Cuccolo of WNEU in the finals, 3-1 in overtime. At 149, Daniel Downes had a big win in 9-5 win in the final over Daniel Del Gallo of USM, who had beaten Downes earlier in the season. At 157, Roger Williams’ Ty Herzog beat No. 5 ranked Ray Welch of Plymouth State, 7-5 in overtime in the semifinals on the way to a championship. Herzog is currently ranked third in New England. At 197, Roger Williams’ David Welch was challenged twice on the way to winning his weight class. Welch beat Cody Carrillo of PSU 9-6 in the semifinal and then beat Sean Fagan of USM 5-4 in the final.
Western New England University finished second place at the Scott Viera Invitational with their highest finish at a tournament in a few years. The Bears were led by finalists Chris Cuccolo (125) and Austin Sisco (133), who were each second. They also had Tim McLinden at 125 and Bryan Burnette at 157 finish third. Two of their best wrestlers, Greg McCrystal at 141 (withdrew in the semifinals) and Sean McAllister (pulled after semis), were not able to finish the tournament. Still, the Bears were still able to hold off Plymouth State.
Plymouth State was led by four wrestlers who finished in the top 3 at the Scott Viera Invitational. Chris Perreault (184) won the tournament beating a tough Joe Albina of Roger Williams in the final. Perreault continues to have a great season leading the Panthers. Clay Callahan was second at 165, Cody Carrillo was third at 197, and Kevin Ell was also third at 285.
Southern Maine was led by their two finalists Daniel Del Gallo (149) and Sean Fagan (197) at the Scott Viera Invitational. Both finished second. The Huskies were without four wrestlers and pulled a few others during the tournament. They hope to be back to full strength soon as the second semester gets underway. … Trinity College was led by Joe Gerish (174), who was fourth for the Bantams at the Scott Viera tournament.
Norwich University went up to Brockport for their tournament and finished third out of six teams. The tournament featured a pair of top 30 teams in Baldwin Wallace and Brockport. The Cadets placed seven wresters in the top six of their respective weight classes led by Girolamo (285), who finished second with a 3-1 record. He fell to Ian James of Division I Buffalo in the final. … Bridgewater State won a six-team tournament down at Mt. St. Vincent’s. The Bears placed nine wrestlers in the top three including second place finishes from Andrew Gauthier at 125, Paul Sughrue at 141, and Casey Enderlin at 197. They also had six wrestlers take third.
Three teams went down to the Budd Whitehill Duals down at Lycoming, Pa. Williams went 4-1 and took second. Wesleyan went 2-3 and took 10th while Coast Guard was 2-3 to finish 11th. Coast Guard wrestled tough and came close to knocking off some top teams in the country.
Coast Guard beat Case Western 31- 6, and then lost a close match to nationally ranked Wisconsin Stevens Point, 22-14, and No. 3 Lycoming 18-17. They actually tied the dual but lost on criteria. The next day, Coast Guard dropped a tough match to Ohio Northern 18-16 but finished the day off with a 40-3 win over Oswego University. Nate Giorgio (133) went 5-0 to lead the Bears. Giorgio had four tech falls, making short work of his opponents and scoring over 17 points in all four of those matches. Marc Wagner went 4-1 at 184, Mike Shermot was 3-0 at 174, Mark Howard was 3-2 at 285, Mike Giorgio was 2-1 at 149 and Joel Wyman was 2-0 at 197. The Bears showed great depth at 149, 157, 174, and 197 wrestling two wrestlers at both weights throughout the weekend and their lineup looks really strong.
Wesleyan wrestled well but had to give up six points to start every dual with no 125 pound wrestler in their lineup this weekend. The Cardinals dropped a close opener to Cortland, 22-19. They then lost to the Duals champion Messiah, before beating Alfred St., 40-9. The Cardinals then beat Oswego, 36-12 and then lost on criteria in their last dual to Ohio Northern, 23-22. Frank Crippen led Wesleyan (133) going 4-1. Crippen’s lone loss came to last year’s national champ at 125 Lucas Malmberg of Messiah, 5-2. Malmberg bumped up to wrestle Crippen at 133. Ed Pierce (149) Ryan Sblendorio (174) and Simon Levin (184) each went 4-1. Levin had three pins and Sblendorio had two pins and a technical fall win.
Williams had a great weekend going 4-1 and taking second at the Budd Whitehill Duals. The Ephs went 3-0 the first day to win Group D. They beat Ohio Northern, 24-18,beat nationally ranked York 21-17, and finished off the day with a 31-15 win over RIT. On Sunday, Williams beat Lycoming in the semifinals, 21-12, before dropping a 34-6 match in the finals to nationally ranked Messiah.
The Ephs had some great performances up and down their lineup. Not surprisingly, the Ephs were led by their two all American Jorge Lopez (157) and Chris Chorzepa (184). Coming off an injury that has held him out since November, Lopez went 3-0 with two pins. Chorzepa was 5-0 and had three pins. Both wrestlers won tight matches and knocked off York opponents to help lead their team past a very good York team. Freshmen Jake Savoka (149) went 4-1 and Matt Morris (125) went 3-1 with his only loss coming to the No. 1 ranked wrestler in the country Malmberg of Messiah. Dan Evangelakos went 2-2 at 133 coming up with two big wins for the Ephs.
Springfield and WPI were at the North/South Duals down at Ursinus, PA. Springfield went 2-2 beating Hunter and USMMA and dropping duals to nationally ranked Waynesburg and Del Val.
Springfield was led by wrestler of the week Eric Hamrick who went 4-0 at 157. Hamrick had 3 Pins and a 20-6 MD win over Jeff Reimel of Delaware Valley. Hamrick, a returning national qualifier, is having a great season. Now wrestling at 157, he is a top national contender and the Springfield lineup is even stronger. The Pride also welcomed back Zach Joseph at 149. Joseph went 3-1 and had a pin, a tech fall and a major decision. Hunter Ayen was also back in action at 197. Ayen had a tough weekend going 1-3 but dropped two matches to nationally ranked wrestlers and but got a good win over his Waynesburg opponent. Jacob Strohman was 2-2 at 141. Expect the Pride to continue to get stronger as their lineup settles in second semester.
WPI went 2-2 with wins over Elizabethtown and USMMA and losses to Stevens and Ursinus. WPI was led by Justin Marsh (174) and Ted Kostopoulos (197), who each 4-0 to lead the Engineers. Kostopoulos had two pins including an OT pin in 7:49 over Dominick Acevedo, which helped WPI beat USMMA,22-15. Brian Amato at 125 continues his strong season going 3-1 with his only loss coming in double OT to Rob Murray of Stevens. Amato also beat nationally ranked Mike Mui, 10-5, of USMMA another win that helped in a tight dual win. Tanner Burke went 2-0 at 157 and the Engineers welcomed back Tyler Tilbe, who was out first semester. Tilbe went 2-1 wrestling at 141 and 149.
RIC and JWU went to the NWCA National Duals out in Illinois. JWU went 2-2 including a win over Rhode Island College. The Wildcats beat Augustana in their opening round, and then dropped a match to No. 4 Concordia. After beating RIC and winning 7 of 10 bouts, JWU lost to Alma to make the top 8. JWU has been a staple at the National Duals and every year for over ten years have at least won 1 dual. They were led by Justin Colon who went 3-0 at 141. Colon filled in for All American Mike Ferinde who got banged up in his first match. Colon had a good win beating Ricondo Cole of RIC 3-1. Joey Gaccione went 2-2 with a pin. Both of his loses came up a weight losing once at 157 and once all the way up at 165. Joao Vicente went 4-0 and continues his impressive season. Going 4-0 at the national duals will continue to get him noticed on the national level. Phil Kelly went 2-1 at 285 with two first period pins…Rhode Island College competed at the national duals a little short handed. They had three starters not make the trip and had a few others fighting some sickness. The Anchormen went 0-3 losing to 3 top teams in the country. They did get great performances from Brandon Conrad at 174 and Terrance Jean-Jacques at 285. Jean-Jacques went 3-0 with a pin and Conrad was 2-1 with two wins by decision.