New England coaches poll, preseason
Results of the New England Wrestling Association (NEWA) Division III coaches poll. Record and First Place Votes in Parentheses.
Week 3, Nov. 21
Team Rec Pts. LW
1. Roger Williams (10) 4-0 154 1
2. Johnson & Wales (6) 0-0 150 2
3. Springfield 0-0 114 7
4. Coast Guard 1-0 112 3
5. WPI 3-0 109 4
6. Southern Maine 2-1 83 8
7. Wesleyan 0-0 70 5
8. Williams 0-0 49 6
10. W. New England 0-0 14 nr
NEWA Wrestler of the Week
Zach Joseph (157), Sr., (Clifton Park, NY) Springfield: Joseph went 5-0 and won the Doug Parker Tournament. Joseph won two matches by tech fall and two more by major decision. In the semifinals, Joseph beat Northeast Region placewinner C.J. Luth (Milford) of Southern Maine, 11-1. In the finals, Joseph beat nationally ranked and last week’s wrestler of the week Coast Guard’s Chris Sullivan, 11-5
NEWA Rookie of the Week
Tyler Marsh (157), Fr. (Upper Black Eddy, PA), WPI: Marsh went 2-0 leading WPI to a 3-0 last weekend. Marsh beat Ben Swanson of Norwich by major decision 15-4 and he beat Derek Arnold of Ursinus by fall in 2:09. Arnold was ranked No. 3 in the country.
NEWA Wrestler of the Week
Chris Sullivan (157), Jr. (Canton, MA), Coast Guard: Sullivan went 5-0 on his way to winning the Roger Williams Invitational. He won two matches by pin and another by tech fall 18-1. In the semifinals, he beat Ty Herzog of RWU who is ranked No. 6 nationally, 8-4. In the finals he took on Jeff Hojnacki of Messiah who was ranked No. 4 in the country. Sullivan won 8-2 to win the 157-pound championship. Sullivan also beat C.J. Luth of Southern Maine 5-2, in a dual meet earlier in the week.
NEWA Rookie of the Week
Malik Rasheed (149), Fr., (Coram, NY), Johnson and Wales: Rasheed went 4-1 and took second place at the Roger Williams Invitational. Rasheed won his first match by major decision and followed it up with a win by fall. In the semifinals, he beat Roger Williams’ Tyler Gazaway of RWU, 7-3. Gazaway was the NEWA Rookie of the week earlier in November. In the finals, Rasheed, lost 8-6 in overtime to Zach Wilhelm who is ranked No. 4 in the country.
1. Bobby Jordan, Johnson & Wales
2. Matt Morris, Williams
3. Brian Amato, WPI
4. Nicholas Barbaria, Roger Williams
5. Earl Roberts, Coast Guard
6. Zack Murrill,o Wesleyan
1. Jay Albis, Johnson & Wales
2. Jacob Forsman, Norwich University
3. Joe Aumann, Plymouth State-
4. Ben Morton Williams
5. Steve Jendritz WPI
6. Steve Masi, Rhode Island College
1. Zak Hale, Castleton
2. Joe Ferinde, Johnson & Wales
3. Justin Cochran, Roger Williams
4. Pete Nash WPI
5. Brendan Weir, Southern Maine
6. Matt McAllister Coast Guard
1. Danny Downes-Roger Williams
2. Dan Del Gallo, Southern Maine
3. Brendan Seyfried Williams
4. Jack Nigro WPI
5. Matt Vieira Coast Guard
6. Carter Armendarez, Wesleyan
1. Ty Herzog Roger Williams
2. Chris Sullivan Coast Guard
3. Zach Joseph Springfield
4. CJ Luth Southern Maine
5. Dan McBrinn Johnson & Wales
6. Robert Rosenberg Wesleyan
1. Alec Golner Roger Williams
2. Mike Gargano Johnson & Wales
3. Mike Palomba Coast Guard
4. Geovanni Medina Springfield
5. Roy Forys Wesleyan
6. Pat McCurdy Norwich University
1. Steve Jarrell Johnson & Wales
2. Dan Fiorvanti Coast Guard
3. Lucas Muntz WPI
4. Dominic Pirraglia Wesleyan
5. Andrew Cole Western New England
6. Carl Sangree Williams
1. Joe Albina Roger Williams
2. Chris Perreault Plymouth State
3. Mike Labell Johnson & Wales
4. Dan Wensley WPI
5. Mike Gallagher Rhode Island College
6. David Rogers Norwich University
1. Devon Carrillo Wesleyan
2. Khamri Thomas Johnson & Wales
3. Phil Azzari Coast Guard
4. Martin Strenk Williams
5. Mike Curtis WPI
6. Victor Zabalu Rhode Island College
1. Kyle Foster Roger Williams
2. Austin Shrewsbury WPI
3. Frankie Girolamo Norwich University
4. Jonah Aurelio Johnson & Wales
5. Isaiah Bellamy Wesleyan
6. Mike Risti Southern Maine
Tough opening weeks for Pioneers
PHILADELPHIA – The Sacred Heart University wrestling team competed in the Keystone Classic at Penn with three wrestlers coming home with victories. Tim Johnson (125), Gerard Daly (133) and Kyle Brady (149) each posting records of 1-2.
The Pioneers (1-2) dropped their first home match of the season earlier in the month in a 36-9 loss to Drexel University. Elliott Antler picked up a 9-4 decision at 184 pounds while Sasha Oliinyk (197) won by pin in 1:30. Sacred Heart earned their first win of the season a day earlier in a 30-15 win over Shippensburg with pins from Johnson, Daly, Brady and Casey Mitchell (South Windsor).
Freshman Alec Opsal (New Fairfield) is 11-5 with seven pins wrestling at 125 pounds for Air Force. ... Somers' Doug Vollaro is 5-1 on the season at 285 for Lehigh. ... Junior Kevin Jack (141) of Danbury is 10-1 for No. 9 North Carolina State.
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There are freshmen who are looking sharp in the first weeks of the season. Southern Maine’s Peter Del Gallo (125) won the Doug Parker Tournament. He went 4-0 with two pins, a major decision win, and an impressive 10-3 win over two-time Northeast Region placewinner Matt Morris of Williams, 10-3. Norwich’s Joe Hennessey (184) was in the finals of Ithaca, he was fourth at the RWU invitational and he went 3-0 over the weekend, beating NCAA regional placewinner Joe Albina of Roger Williams 6-2 and pinning Lucas Muntz (Conard-West Hartford) of WPI in 5:34. Roger Williams’ Tyler Gazaway (149) beat Alex Kramer of Ursinus 11-0, who ranked No. 10 in the nation in Division III.
Vermont now has two college wrestling programs with the addition of Castleton University this season. Norwich and Castleton wrestled in the Battle for the Green Mountain Championship. The dual was tied 20-20 but Norwich would prevail 21-20, on the third criteria. Jared Costa at 165 got a pin for Castleton and Zak Hale at 141 won by tech fall.
Norwich got a first period pin by Frank Girolamo and major decision wins by Jacob Forsman at 133 and Hennessey at 184.
WPI, Roger Williams, Norwich and Castleton all wrestled at WPI over the weekend along with Kings College and Ursinus. Roger WIlliams went 4-0 while WPI went 3-0 with wins over Kings, Ursinus, and Norwich. Norwich was 1-2 with a win over Kings, and Castleton was 0-3 losing three tight dual meets.
Roger Williams had a bunch of different lineups showing their depth in their four dominating wins. Kyle Foster (Somers) at 285 beat two-time national qualifier Matan Peleg of Ursinus 5-1. Chris Francis at 197 went 4-0 for the Hawks to lead the way. Roger Williams moved up to fifth in the NCAA Division III national rankings.
WPI went 3-0 with Michael Curtis at 197 led the way for the Engineers going 3-0. Curtis’s win against Ursinus brought the dual within a point where Austin Shrewsbury at 285 sealed the dual with an 8-2 win over Peleg of Ursinus. Shrewsbury was 2-0 on the day and continues his impressive season. Stephen Jendritz was also 3-0 at 133. Jendritz won by tech fall twice and beat region placewinner Forsman of Norwich 8-3.
Norwich had a big win over Kings, 25-23. Hennessey led the way for the cadets going 3-0 with some big wins. Ben Swanson at 157 won by fall in 4:43 and Zach Gibson at 174 beat Zach Smith of Kings 8-1. Those two wins were crucial for the Cadets to win the dual.
Castleton lost tight in their three duals and it seemed like they were a match away all day. Nicholas Camacho at 133 went 2-0 with wins over Ursinus and King’s. Tyreek Staton at 125 and Mitch LaFlam at 184 both went 1-1 on the day. At 157 Cam Milliken had a nice over Ty Herzog of Roger Williams by fall in 3:23. Miliken went 2-1 to led Castleton.
Springfield College hosted the Doug Parker Tournament this past weekend. Springfield won the tournament scoring 157.5 points. Coast Guard was second with 148, the University of Southern Maine was fourth, Wesleyan was fifth with 89 points, Williams was sixth with 87.5, Western New England was seventh with 79, Plymouth State was eighth with 73, RIC was 10th with 54, Bridgewater was 11th with 51, Trinity was 13th with 34.5, and NEC was 16th with 9 points.
Springfield had 11 place winners and five finalists. Zack Joseph at 157, this weeks wrestler of the week, Andrew Mastrangelo at 133 and Geovanni Medina (New Britain) at 174 all won the tournament. Mastrangelo went 5-0 with 1 pin. He pinned Andrew Nirchio of Springfield by fall in 3:35 in the semifinals and then beat Tim McLinden of Western New England in the finals 3-1. Medina went 5-0 to win the championship. He beat Coast Guard’s Dan Fiorvanti 5-3 in overtime in the semifinals and beat freshmen Max Odell (South Windsor) of Williams 9-4 in the finals. Jacob Strohman at 149 and Joe Fusco at 285 both finished second. Strohman went 4-1 with two wins by major decision. He beat Christian Silva of East Stroudsburg 10-8 in the semifinals. Joe Fusco went 3-1 with one win by fall to make the finals. Fusco beat the Doug Parker champ from last year Jenard Rosemund of AIC 8-6 in the semi-finals. Ian Tolloti was 3rd at 133 going 6-1 and Drew Nirchio at 133 and Pat Ferzoco at 141 were both 4th
Coast Guard was led by Nick Remke and A.J. Aeberli who were the co-champs at 165. Remke went 4-0 to reach the finals with two wins by major decision. He beat Anthony Cote of Bridgewater State, 6-3 in the semifinals. Aeberli went 3-0 and beat Aarin Feliz of Springfield in the semifinals 10-3. Chris Sullivan was second at 157. Sullivan went 4-1 with two wins by tech fall. Sullivan beat Alec Donovan of Centenary 2-0 in the semifinals. Dan Fiorvanti at 174 and Phil Azzari at 197 were both 3rd and Matt Viera at 149 was 4th. Fiorvanti went 4-1 with three wins by pin. He pinned Malik Settles of STCC for 3rd. Azzari went 4-1 and beat Dom Liquori of WNEU 8-3 for third. Viera went 4-2 and took 4th. He beat Chris Muce of Centenary in the Quarters but then lost to him in the third place match.
University of Southern Maine had two champions and both of their last names were Del Gallo. Peter won the 125-pound championship and Dan won the 149-pound championship. Dan went 4-0 with all four wins coming by major decision. He beat Vieira of Coast Guard 12-3 in the semis and then beat Strohman of Springfield 12-2 in the finals. CJ Luth (Milford) at 157 and Josh Smith at 165 both took fourth. Luth went 4-1 and defaulted to fourth place. He won two matches by tech fall before falling to Joseph in the Semis. Josh Smith lost his first match to Aeberli of the Coast Guard who won the weight class and then won 5 in a row to reach the third place match. He beat Aarin Feliz of Springfield 8-5 in the Consi-semifinals.
Wesleyan continues to be led by James Matiace who made his second finals in as many weeks. Matiace went 4-1 at 141 with two pins. He pinned Pat Ferzoco of Springfield in the semifinals in 2:58. In the finals he fell to Dylan Nace of East Stroudsburg 3-2 in overtime. Isaiah Bellamy (Bozrah) was third at 285. Bellamy went 5-1 with two wins by fall to take third. He pinned John Georges of Rhode Island College in the quarterfinals in 6:13 before falling to Donavan Lozada of STCC who won the weight 4-2 in overtime. Bellamy then won his next two matches to take third including a first period pin over Risti of Southern Maine and a 2-1 win of Rosemund of AIC. Tristan Stetson was fourth at 125 going 4-2. Stetson lost his first match and then 4 in a row to reach the third place match.
Williams College was led by their three finalists. Martin Strenk at 197 won the championship. Strenk went 4-0 beating Phil Azzari of the Coast Guard in the semifinals 3-2 and then beat Etiini Udot of Centenary 8-5 in the finals. Matt Morris was 2nd at 125. Morris went 4-1 with a win by fall and two tech fall wins before falling to Peter Del Gallo in the finals. Freshmen Max Odell (South Windsor) was second at 174. Odell went 4-1 with three wins by fall. He pinned Vito of RIC in 2:13 in the quarters and Settles of STCC in 4:43 in the semifinals.
Western New England University had two finalists in Tim McLinden at 133 and John Boyle at 184. Boyle went 4-1 on his way to second place. He beat Tyler Richardson of East Stroudsburg 12-8 in SV-1 before falling to Chris Perreault of PSU in the finals. McLinden went 4-1 and took second at 133. He beat Dylan Jones of Wesleyan 4-3 in the semifinals before falling to Mastrangelo of Springfield in the finals. Don Liquori went 4-2 and took fourth at 197.
Plymouth State had four place winners and were led by Chris Perreault at 184 who won the championship. Perreault went 5-0 with two wins by pins. He pinned Protogeropoulos of Centenary in the semifinals in 1:47 and beat Boyle of WNEU in the finals 9-4. Joey Aumann went 4-1 and took 3rd at 125. Aumann beat Tristan Stetson of Wesleyan 6-2 in the 3rd place match…Rhode Island College had two place winners in John Georges at 285 and Mike Gallagher at 184 who both took 5th place…Bridgewater State had two place winners in Eric Kerr who was sixth at 157 and Anthony Cote (Danbury) who was third at 165. Cote went 5-1 and beat Josh Smith of Southern Maine 12-2 in the third place match.