Hartford, Conn. – In a back and forth battle between New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) wrestling programs, it was the Williams College Ephs who came away with the dual-meet victory by a score of 26-20 on Friday night in Hartford. Trinity, who was shut out, 53-0, a year ago against Williams, won five of the ten matches on the evening in an impressive showing.
Trinity Sophomore Ian Moritz (Pittsburgh, Pa.) dominated at 141 pounds, earning nearly a double-digit point advantage before pinning his counterpart, Williams first-year Dietrich Hartman (Clifton Park, N.Y.), to cut the early deficit to six. Sophomore captain Grant Sorensen (Moore, Okla.) followed that match up with a thriller at 149 pounds. Sorensen and Yo Akiyama (Houston, Texas) battled for the full three rounds but neither could break away with the match tied 3-3. Then, with less than ten seconds to go, Sorensen buried Akiyama into the mat to earn two points on the takedown and clinch the victory, good for three points towards Trinity's team total. Classmate Jack Reilly (Andover, Mass.) cruised to a 15-1 victory at 157 pounds to give Trinity a 13-12 lead over Williams, its first of the evening.
After a 13-2 win by Eph first-year Luke Anselmi (Morristown, N.J.) at 165-pounds, Bantam rookie Stephen Cerrone (Quechee, Vt.) battled Williams junior Carl Sangree (Ashford, Conn.) in the 174-pound matchup where Cerrone pulled away thanks to riding time to earn a major decision and put Trinity up 17-16 with just three matches to go. Two-time All-American Chris Chorzepa (Newington, Conn.) earned a 10-1 win at 184-pounds over Bantam sophomore John Davis III (Princeton Junction, N.J.), who performed admirably in his second match of the day after an earlier exhibition, to give the Ephs a 20-17 lead. A pin at 197-pounds by Martin Strenk (Delaware Valley, Pa.) extended the lead to 26-17 and clinched the win for Williams despite a gutsy, 9-5, decision in the heavyweight matchup by Trinity sophomore Mason Sangillo (Florham Park, N.J.).
Despite the loss, Head Coach Marques Gales was encouraged by the overall performance by the Bantams. "We've been talking about measurable performances and how they help build a program. We had a young lineup tonight and there were some great efforts in individual matches that really set the tone," said Gales. "The theme of the week has been performing past expectations and I think that happened tonight. We won't be going into break with a bad taste in our mouths. We wrestled hard and put up a better effort than lasts year [against Williams] and we're starting to really gel as a team. With finals going on, the focus right now is on academics but hopefully tonight acts as a catalyst for when we return and we continue to perform past expectations."
Trinity returns to action after the holiday break, when they compete in the Scott Vieira Invitational at Roger Williams University.
125: W – Matt Morris won by forfeit (6-0)
133: W – Ben Morton d. Matthew Siems, WBF at 5:25 (12-0)
141: TC – Ian Moritz d. Dietrich Hartman, WBF at 2:23 (12-6)
149: TC – Grant Sorensen d. Yo Akiyama, 5-3 (12-9)
157: TC – Jack Reilly d. Nick Anselmi, 15-1 (12-13)
165: W – Luke Anselmi d. Francis Corvino, 13-2 (16-13)
174: TC – Stephen Cerrone d. Carl Sangree, 13-5 (16-17)
184: W – Chris Chorzepa d. John Davis III, 10-1 (20-17)
197: W – Martin Strenk d. Ian Steckel, WBF (5:28) (26-17)
HWT: TC – Mason Sangillo d. Sebastian Dziadkiewicz, 8-5 (26-20)
Williams 26, Trinity (Conn.) 20