EWA Wrestler of the Week
Wednesday, January 25
Senior Mike Labell (Stanhope, NJ), Johnson & Wales (174 pounds). Mike led the way for Johnson & Wales at the recent NEWA Duals, going 3-0 with three pins to help the Wildcats win their fifth NEWA Duals title. In the quarterfinals, he pinned No. 4 Dominic Pirraglia of Wesleyan in 1:26. In the semifinals, he pinned Anthon Libsch of WPI in 5:52. In the final, he pinned No. 3 Taylor Shea of Roger Williams in 6:00
Rookie Wrestler of the Week
Wednesday, January 25
Freshman Justin Stacy (Dover, NH), Southern Maine (174) Stacy went 3-0 and led Southern Maine to a fifth place finish at the NEWA Duals. In the first round Stacy beat Zach Allen of Castleton 6-4 to help USM win the dual. In the consolation semifinals, Stacy beat Ryan Ward of Springfield 8-3 and in the fifth place match he beat No. 4 Dominic Pirraglia of Wesleyan by major decision 16-6.
George Mason 26, Sacred Heart 17
At George Mason
125: Ibrahim Bunduka (GM) by forfeit
133: Gerard Daly (SHU) dec. Lio Quezada (GM), 12-8
141: Paul Klee (SHU) pin Tejon Anthony (GM), 0:29
149: Sahid Kargbo (GM) dec. Alex Harnsberger (SHU), 22-10
157: Matthew Raines (GM) dec. Casey Mitchell (SHU), 6-4
165: Matt Fisher (SHU) dec. Daniel Mika (GM), 8-5
174: Ryan Forrest (GM) dec. Dom Celli (SHU), 15-3
184: Elliott Antler (SHU) tech fall Andrew Thomas (GM), 22-7
197: Matt Meadows (GM) dec. Mark Boyle (SHU), 5-2
285: Matthew Voss (GM) pin John Hartnett (SHU), 2:03
Records: Sacred Heart 2-13
NEWA Div. III rankings,
February 20, 2017
1-Bobby Jordan, Johnson & Wales
2 Peter Del Gallo, Southern Maine
3 Brian Amato, WPI (Newington)
4 Tyreek Staton, Castleton
5 Joey Aumann, Plymouth State
6 Matt Morris, Williams
1 Jay Albis, Johnson & Wales
2 Steve Jendritz, WPI
3 Jason Jacobi, Roger Williams
4 Ian Tolotti, Springfield
5 Jacob Forsman, Norwich University
6 Dylan Jones, Wesleyan
1 Zak Hale, Castleton
2 Justin Cochran, Roger Williams
3 Joe Ferinde, Johnson & Wales
4 Brendan Seyfried, Williams
5 Matt McAllister, Coast Guard (Colchester)
6 James Matias, Wesleyan
1 Dan Del Gallo, Southern Maine
2 Tyler Gazaway Roger Williams
3 Tyler Marsh, WPI
4 Matt Vieira, Coast Guard
5 Carter Armendarez, Wesleyan
6 Kearney Gutierrez, Springfield
1 Zach Joseph, Springfield
2 Chris Sullivan, Coast Guard
3 Ty Herzog, Roger Williams
4 CJ Luth, Southern Maine (Milford)
5 Dan McBrinn, Johnson & Wales
6 Ben Swanson, Norwich University
1 Steve Jarrell, Johnson & Wales
2 Nick Remke, Coast Guard
3 Alec Golner, Roger Williams
4 Jared Costa, Castleton
5 Anthony Cote, Bridgewater State
6 Josh Smith Southern Maine
1 Geovanni Medina, Springfield (New Britain)
2 Mike Labell, Johnson & Wales
3 Taylor Shay, Roger Williams (New Fairfield)
4 Mike Palomba, Coast Guard
5 Dominic Pirraglia, Wesleyan
6 Lucas Muntz WPI (West Hartford)
1 Chris Chorzepa, Williams (Newington)
2 Joe Hennessey, Norwich University
3 Joe Albina, Roger Williams
4 Mike Gallagher, Rhode Island College
5 Dan Wensley, WPI
6 Dan Fiorvanti, Coast Guard
1 Devon Carrillo, Wesleyan (Middletown)
2 Khamari Thomas, Johnson & Wales (Windsor Locks)
3 Hunter Ayen Springfield
4 Martin Strenk, Williams
5 Phil Azzari, Coast Guard
6 Chris Francis, Roger Williams
1 Kyle Foster, Roger Williams (Somers)
2 Isaiah Bellamy, Wesleyan (Bozrah)
3 Joe Fusco, Springfield
4 Austin Shrewsbury, WPI
5 John Georges, Rhode Island College
6 Mike Risti, Southern Maine
2017 NEWA Duals
Bridgewater State: Eric Kerr – 157 lbs.
Castleton: Zach Hale – 141 lbs.
Coast Guard: Nick Remke – 165 lbs.
Johnson & Wales: Stephen Jarrell – 165 lbs.
New England College: Ryan Pro – 125 lbs.
Norwich: Ben Swanson - 157 lbs.
Plymouth State: Joey Aumann - 125 lbs.
Rhode Island College: Michael Gallagher – 184 lbs.
Roger Williams: Justin Cochran - 141 lbs.
Springfield: Zach Joseph – 157 lbs.
Southern Maine: Justin Stacy – 174 lbs.
Trinity: Grant Sorensen – 141 lbs.
Wesleyan Devon Carrillo – 197 lbs.
Western New England: Brian Donovan – 197 lbs.
Williams Christoper Chorzepa – 184 lbs.
WPI Dan Wensley – 184 lbs.
Most Outstanding Wrestler: Stephen Jarrell – Johnson & Wales
College roundup, February 21
George Mason spoils dual meet finale for Sacred Heart
A win by technical fall from Xavier graduate Elliott Antler (184) tied the match with two matches remaining but George Mason won the final two bouts to beat Sacred Heart, 26-17, in the dual meet finale for the Pioneers on Sunday.
Antler, who has been wrestling strong down the stretch, won 22-7 to tie the match at 17-17 but Mark Boyle (197) dropped a 5-2 decision and Sacred Heart’s John Hartnett (285) was pinned to give host George Mason the victory. Paul Klee (141) had a pin in 29 seconds for the Hearts while Gerard Daly (133) and Matt Fisher (165) also won for Sacred Heart.
The Pioneers, who finished with a 2-13 dual meet record, will be wrestling in the Eastern Intercollegiate championship tournament on March 3-4 at Bucknell.
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After falling behind 10-0 after the first three matches, No. 7 North Carolina State won six of the final seven bouts and defeated visiting No. 16 Michigan 23-15 Friday night in the NCWA Nationals Duals in Reynolds Coliseum.
Winning for North Carolina State was junior Kevin Jack (141), who is ranked No. 2 in the country. Jack won his 25th straight match – the sixth longest streak in Wolfpack history. Five of his last 10 wins have been against ranked opponents, including four wins against top 10 opponents.
Jack went 5-0 in ACC competition this winter and was the the second-most dominate wrestler in the ACC this season, racking up 21 team points in outscoring his conference foes 76-17 without giving up a single takedown.
North Carolina State returns to the mat on Saturday, March 4 for the ACC championships in Raleigh, North Carolina.
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Four Connecticut wrestlers are ranked No. 1 in New England among Division III wrestlers in the latest New England Wrestling Association rankings. Springfield’s Geovanni Medina (New Britain) is ranked No. 1 at 174 pounds, Williams’ Chris Chorzepa (Newington) is the top wrestler at 184 pounds, Wesleyan’s Devon Carrillo (Middletown) is ranked No. 1 at 197 and Roger Williams’ Kyle Foster (Somers) is the top ranked wrestler at 285 pounds.
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For the third straight year No. 14 Coast Guard topped arch-rival Merchant Marine by a score of 31-10 earning another point for the Bears in the battle for the Superintendent's Trophy.
With the win Coast Guard wraps up their third winning season in a row with a record of 11-5 while the Mariners drop to 5-10 overall.
Coast Guard is back in action on February 25, when they compete at the NCAA Division III Northeast Championship in Providence, Rhode Island.
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Wesleyan’s Zack Murillo (125) and Zach Turner (197) each won their respective weight classes at the NEWA Futures tournament at Johnson and Wales on Saturday. Murillo went 4-0 and beat Chris Gural of Roger Williams in the final, 8-6. Turner went 3-0 to win the title with a 4-3 decision over Springfield’s Ronnie Caudill in the final.
Wesleyan closed out their dual meet campaign with five consecutive wins that included victories over WPI, 23-15; Norwich University, 32-12 and a 24-15 win over No. 19 Centenary. Senior Devon Carrillo (Middletown) went 3-0 on the day and has yet to lose this season. Isaiah Bellamy went 2-1 for Wesleyan (9-7).
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Johnson & Wales, the No. 3 ranked Division III team in the nation beat No. 6 Roger Williams, 28-14 to win the recent NEWA Duals. Johnson and Wales grabbed a record fifth NEWA Duals title and their first championship since 2009. Roger Williams was trying to win their fifth straight NEWA Duals championship.
JWU was dominant all day going 33-7 in varsity bouts and they went 27-3 before the finals. In the semifinals, Johnson & Wales beat WPI, 43-3. In the consolation final, Coast Guard beat WPI, 31-10.