PROVIDENCE, RI -- In their opening match the Ephs squared off against host Johnson & Wales, the second ranked team in New England. Williams entered the weekend ranked 8th in New England.
JWU was in control throughout and defeated the Ephs 31-10.
The match started at 174 where Mir Henglin and JWU's Ken Doughetty battled three even rounds with Doughetty edging Henglin 6-5 to put JWU up 3-0.
Henglin's effort was the closest the Ephs came to a win in the first seven bouts.
Senior captain Ces Antista who went 3-0 on the day collected six points for the Ephs when he pinned Michael Ferinde at 6:29.
Kyle Gaffney's major decision – 15-2 at 165 – over Andrew Stack added the Ephs final four points.
Next up for the Ephs was a match with New England's sixth ranked team, WPI. The Ephs upset WPI 28-9, winning seven of the 10 bouts.
Highlights in the match included Dan Kurnick's pin of Bryan Barnash (157) at 2:57 and major decision victories by sophomore heavyweight Adam Datema and Ces Antista (141). "Dan Kurnick provided a pin at 197 lbs early that really got our momentum going," said Eph head coach Scott Honecker. "Kaison Tanabe looked very good coming off of the flu and Adam Datema stepped in on short notice in relief of Tom Foote who was out with a minor injury."
Datema downed Peter Salem 8-0 and Antista topped Tyler Tilber 9-0.
"Our guys were really up for WPI as they are in our wrestling conference and we felt we were the better team in spite of where we stood in the rankings," commented Honecker. "We wrestled well and were quite decisive in our victory. Unfortunately we did not bring that same fire to the Oneonta State dual, a dual I felt we were in position to win. The Red Dragons are coming to Lasell on February 9th and I know our guys will be training hard with excitement to reverse the outcome the second time we wrestle."
The Ephs lost to Oneonta State 24-13 in their final match of the day. Eph wins were recorded by Mir Henglin (174), Ces Antista (141), Jorge Lopez (149) and Tom Garripoli (157).
Antista recorded a major decision (13-2), while Lopez won 7-2 and Garripoli won 6-2.
Lopez went 2-0 on the day. "Ces and Jorge looked fantastic wrestling at a very high level all day," noted Honecker.
"Our guys came out the gate really hard this season and this break for the holidays is coming at just the right time," Honecker stated. "We have some minor injuries that will benefit from some rest and recuperation over these next three weeks. The coaching staff is looking forward to putting our best lineup on the mat in the second semester."
The Ephs will next be in action on January 5th when they head back to Rhode Island to comepte in the Roger Williams Invitational.
JWU 31, Williams 10
174 Ken Doughetthy (JWU) Def. Mir Henglin (WC) 6-5 3-0
197 Blake McNulty (JWU) Win By Pin Fall Dan Kurnick (WC) 4:10 12-0
285 Humphrey Swift (JWU) Win By forfeit ----- 18-0
149 Joey Gaccione (JWU) Def. Carson Brooks (WC) 6-0 27-6
157 Everet Desilets (JWU) Maj. Dec. Tim Garripoli (WC) 10-2 31-6
Williams 28, WPI 9
174 Duncan McKinnon (WPI) Def. John Berry (WC) 5-3 3-0
184 Anthony Brooks (WC) Def. Alex Freilich (WPI) 6-5 3-3
197 Dan Kurnick (WC) Win By Pin Fall Bryan Barnash (WPI) 2:57 3-9
285 Adam Datema (WC) Maj. Dec. Peter Salem (WPI) 8-0 3-12
125 Daniel Seidita (WC) Win By Forfeit ----- 3-18
133 Kaison Tanabe (WC) Def. Alex Potts (WPI) 7-2 3-21
141 Cesare Antista (WC) Maj. Dec. Tyler Tilbe (WPI) 9-0 2-25
149 Jorge Lopez (WC) Def. Mike Perruccio (WPI) 6-3 3-28
157 Andrew Tanner (WPI) Def. Tim Garripoli (WC) 4-2 6-28
165 Justin Marsh (WPI) Def. Kyle Gaffney (WC) 7-2 9-28
Oneonta State 24, Williams 13
174 Mir Henglin (WC) Def. Anthony Paratore (OS) 10-4 0-3
184 Greg DuVall (OS) Def. Anthony Brooks (WC) 10-8 3-3
197 Jake Smith (OS) Win By Pin Fall Dan Kurnick (WC) 1:45 9-3
285 Jacob Freudenberg (OS) Def. Adam Datema (WC) 3-1 (OT) 12-3
125 Alex Pugh (OS) Maj. Dec. Daniel Seidita (WC) 13-0 16-3
133 Ben Mikac (OS) Maj. Dec. Kaison Tanabe (WC) 15-6 20-3
141 Cesare Antista (WC) Maj. Dec. (OS) 13-2 20-7
149 Jorge Lopez (WC) Def. Kyle Wierzbicki (OS) 7-2 20-10
157 Tim Garripoli (WC) Def. Vincent Provenzano (OS) 6-2 20-13
165 Shaun Gillen (OS) Maj. Dec. Kyle Gaffney (WC) 13-4 24-13