Wrestling (4-3) sent seven wrestlers to the Mount Saint Vincent Invitational last weekend. While resting some of their starters for the New England Wrestling Associations (NEWA) duals next week, five of the men’s seven wrestlers still placed. Earlier this month, the men went 1-3 at the Budd Whitehill Duals after taking fourth at their own Williams College Invitational. They beat Southern Maine and Simpson the day before the home invite. Before the break, the men took ninth and seventh at the York Invitational and the Doug Parker Invite, respectively.
The Ephs recently moved up to fifth from sixth in the NEWA coaches poll and earned their second straight rookie of the week honors as Chris Chorzepa ’17 went 3-0 in the 184-lb. weight class at the Budd Whitehill Duals on Jan. 10 and 11.
Last weekend, Daniel Seidita ’16 at 125 lbs. and Martin Strenk ’17 at 174 lbs. led the charge for the Ephs as they both went 4-1 and placed third in their respective weight classes. Although Seidita lost his first match to the top seed in his group, he rebounded strongly, forcing his next two opponents to fall and winning his final two matches by decision, with wins of 6-5 and 9-2. Strenk won his first two matches to reach the semifinals of his weight class. Unfortunately, he fell late
in the final match, but rebounded to easily take his next two matches by fall and major decision, respectively.
Co-captain Kyle Gaffney ’15 wrestling at 164 lbs. and Ben Wertz ’17 wrestling at 184 lbs. also had solid tournaments, taking fourth in their respective weight classes. Gaffney finished 4-2, winning one match 17-2 and another 18-2. His two losses came to the same wrestler, third-place finisher C.J. Caserta from Stevens Institute of Technology. Wertz went 3-2 on the day with his two losses also coming to the third place finisher in his weight class.
Anthony Brooks ’16 in the 197-lb. weight class also had a solid day, going 2-2 and finishing fifth in his weight class. His two victories were also major decisions. Austin Wruble ’17 at 149 lbs. finished 1-2 on the day and Dan Kurnick ’15 at 184 lbs. went 0-2.
Head Coach Scott Honecker was proud of his wrestlers. “Seidita and Gaffey really turned it up,” Honecker said. “Ben Wertz again proved that he can be competitive with anyone. Martin Strenk [looked] sharp in his third-place match.”
On Jan. 10 and 11, the men competed at the Budd Whitehill Duals. They lost to Ohio Northern, Thiel and Cortland State after an opening win over University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point. At the men’s home invitational, the grapplers fought hard, ultimately losing some tough matches to fall to fourth place. On Jan. 3, the men came away with two wins, a 38-6 win over Southern Maine and a 34-11 decision over Simpson. Before the break, the men competed at the York Invitational on Dec. 7 and the Doug Parker Invite on Nov. 23, posting ninth-place and seventh-place finishes, respectively.
On the season, four Ephs are currently ranked in the top six of their respective weight classes according to the NEWA coaches poll. Tim Garripoli ’16 and Jorge Lopez ’16 are both ranked second at 149 lbs. and 157 lbs., respectively. Dan Evangelakos ’15 is ranked fifth at 133 lbs. and co-captain Carson Brooks ’14 is ranked sixth at 141 lbs.
The Ephs travel to Bridgewater State this weekend for a NEWA duals meet that Coach Honecker calls “the most important dual event of the year.”