Last Saturday, wrestling (11-8) competed in its final dual match of the season. The men won both of their matches to sweep the duals, including a thrilling win over perennial powerhouse Springfield 22-19, and a victory over American International College 26-15.
Although Springfield won a majority of the individual matches, the men won the team match as two of their three wins were pins, accumulating more points than decision victories. Jorge Lopez ’16 at 157 continued his excellent run this season by pinning his opponent six minutes into the match. Martin Strenk ’17 at 174 won his match in what may have been the most important individual win for the Ephs all season. Strenk’s match was the last of the meet and the men could only beat Springfield if Strenk won with a major decision. “Martin unselfishly attempted a high-risk throw and secured the pin
with just seconds on the clock,” Head Coach Scott Honecker said. The Ephs’ bench went crazy as they celebrated a massive win for the program.
Chris Chorzepa ’17 at 184 also won his match, defeating his opponent 9-0. Daniel Evangelakos ’15 at 133 and Ben Wertz ’17 at 285 both lost close decisions. The Ephs ultimately prevailed over the Pride by a score of 22-19.
Against AIC, Williams prevailed 26-15 to cap off an important weekend for the wrestling program.
Six Eph wrestlers won their matches against Yellow Jackets. Lopez, Strenk and Chorzepa all pinned their opponents to finish the weekend undefeated. After an early slip up, Carson Brooks ’14, wrestling at 149, came from behind to win his match 6-5. Evangelakos at 133 and Tim Garripoli ’16 at 149 easily won their matches.
Next weekend, the men will travel to Roger Williams for the annual Futures Tournament, which is their last competition before the Northeast Regional Championships on March 1.