Williams senior captain Ces Antista is ranked second in New England at 141 and has moved up to second in the National Wrestling Coaches Association's (NWCA) latest individual rankings.
|Ces Antista is a 3-time
New England finalist
As a sophomore and junior Antista captured the New England
Ranked just ahead of Antista is Springfield College's Joe Grippi who also tops Antista in the New England individual rankings.
Antista and Grippi may face each other in the final regular season match of the season on February 16 in Lasell Gym when Springfield and the Ephs participate in a dual match.
Antista finished second at 141 in New England as a first year and was named as an alternate for an NCAA Tournament berth, which never materialized.
As a sophomore and junior Antista captured the New England 141 title and advanced to the NCAA Tournament.
This weekend when the Ephs travel to New York City to compete at Hunter College against Hunter, The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) and Roger Williams Antista may face another wrestler ranked in the national top 10. TCNJ's Dylan Thomas, a freshman, is ranked 10th.
"Ces has worked as hard as anyone on the team all year long, which has been evidenced by his success on the mat and his ascent through the national rankings," noted Eph head coach Scott Honecker. "He will likely put another note in the Williams Wrestling record books this weekend as he looks to notch his 100th career victory at Hunter College. If Ces is able to maintain his level of focus he will be a strong favorite to make All-American at the NCAA tournament in March, with the ultimate goal of being a National Champion."
Antista needs one win this weekend at the Metro NY/New England Duals at Hunter College to reach the coveted 100-win plateau. When Antista reaches 100 career wins he will become the 9th Eph to achieve that distinction since Jamall Pollock first did it in 1996.