2012-13 Team and Individual Records
Finished 5th at NEWA Championships
Qualified three wrestlers for the
2013 NCAA Championship
out of the first NCAA Northeast Regional
141- Ces Antista
149- Jorge Lopez
285 -- Tom Foote
Championships (l. to r.): Ces Antista,
Nikola Mirkovic, Jorge Lopez, Tom Foote, Carl
Breitenstein & head coach Scott Honecker
For just the third time in the
history of the program
two Ephs earned All-America honors at the NCAA Championship:
Ces Antista - 141 - 7th
Jorge Lopez - 149 - 6th
Ephs finished 24th at NCAA
Championship, third top 25 finish in
program history. Second highest finish among New England teams
Eph head coach Scott Honecker was
named the National Rookie Head Coach
of the Year Award winner at the NCAA Championship
Honecker recieves his National Rookie Head Coach
of the Year Award from NWCA President, Dave Mitchell
Finished 9th at NEWA Championships
Ces Antista - 1st -- 141
Tom Foote -- 2nd -- Heavyweight
Kaison Tanabe -- 5th -- 133
Ces Antista -- 141
2nd Place at New England Wresting Association (NEWA) Championships
7 ALL-NEWA Placers
Josh Mattana - 6th - 125
Cesare Antista - 1st - 141
Corey Paulish - 1st - 149
Kyle Martin - 6th - 165
Mike Lomio - 3rd - 184
Ryan Malo - 2nd - 197
Tom Foote - 2nd - HWT.
2011 NEWA Rookie of the Year
A Williams record 4
wrestlers earned berths in the 2011 NCAA Tournament
Corey Paulish won
his second New England Championship
and broke the all-time win record at Williams.
He finished his carer with a record 127-33 (.794)
Ryan Malo finished
the season with a team leading
40-9 record. With his 16 pins this year, Ryan
broke the all-time pin record in D3 with 82 pins.
He placed 4th at the NCAAs, making him only
the second Eph wrester to become a three-time
|Corey Paulish '11||Ryan Malo '11|
* First 1st Place finish at Doug Parker Tournament (Springfield College)
* First Dual Meet victory over TCNJ
* First twenty win season (20-3)
* First 1st place finish at the NEWA Dual Tournament
Division III NEWA Champions
* First time sending 3 competitors to the NCAA Tournament:
Corey Paulish ‘11, Carl Breitenstein ‘10 and Ryan Malo '11
Won the Scholar
All-American Wrestling Team National
Championship with the highest team GPA – 3.54 – 3rd year in a row
A season of firsts for Eph wrestling ends with numerous prestigious academic and athletic honors.
|Eph contingent at 2009 NCAA
Championships (l. to r.):
Carl Breitenstein, Ethan Cohen, Raf Vega, Corey Paulish,
Ryan Malo, Dan DiCenzo & Dylan Rittenburg
5 Ephs named Scholar All-Americans/Ephs repeat as National Academic Team Champions
A year ago Williams wrestling had four wrestlers named Scholar All-Americans and this year the Ephs increased that total to a Williams best five wrestlers in one year.
This season's Eph honorees include: senor captain Ethan Cohen, junior Nathan Shippee and sophomores Jon Foster, Josh Mattana and Corey Paulish.
Cohen and Shippee earned the honor for the second year in a row.
To receive Scholar All-American honors from the National Wrestling coaches Association (NWCA) an athlete must be at least a sophomore and have a 3.2 cumulative GPA and meet one of the following wrestling performance standards.
The wrestler must be a national qualifier (Paulish)
be a conference place winner, with a minimum of a .500 record, and have competed in a minimum of 50 % of the team's regular season dates (Cohen, Mattana, Foster)
have a 67% winning percentage and have competed in a minimum of 50 % of the regular season dates (Shippee)
Williams won the Scholar All-American Wrestling Team National Championship for the second year in a row with a 3.54 team GPA. RIT was second with a 3.51 GPA. The Ephs' previous highest finish before winning in 2008 and 2009 was ninth place. Out of the 22 wrestlers on the Williams team, 18 have over a 3.0 cumulative GPA.
"As a former Williams student I know how challenging the academic life is at Williams and that makes me very proud of all the academic awards our team has been recognized for this year," commented co-head coach Dan DiCenzo. "The professors at Williams are constantly challenging the students at Williams and making them be fully engaged in their education."
"What makes the Williams College experience special is the people at the college," DiCenzo stated. "So far this year I have emailed or called nine professors about meeting with prospective student-athletes or allowing a prospective student-athlete to sit in on a class and every time the professor was extremely helpful and supportive. The student-athletes at Williams know when they come to Williams that their academics have to be their number one priority. Fortunately, our wrestling team does an outstanding job of understanding this and they balance their academic and athletic commitments well."
"Coach Vega and I are very appreciative of the outstanding leadership provided by our three senior captains – Kyle, Ayer, Ethan Cohen and Mike Penza – who were responsible for instilling the proper work ethic and commitment to wrestling for the younger team members," said DiCenzo.
Eph notable performers this season:
Ethan Cohen, senior captain (125) - 35-8 (Career: 122 - 36). Two-time Scholar All-American, Four-time All-NEWA (one of only four in the program), 2008 125 NEWA Champion and Outstanding Wrestler at 2008 NEWA Championships.
Mike Penza, senior and two-year captain - 13-11 (Career: 50-44).
Josh Mattana, sophomore (133) - 20-20 (Career: 51-7) 2009 All-NEWA, Placed 6th at NEWA Championships in a very competitive weight class.
Corey Paulish, sophomore (141) - 40-9 (Career: 63-17) two-time All-NEWA, 2nd in NEWA Championships as a freshman and was NEWA Rookie Wrestler of the year, NEWA champion as a sophomore and a national qualifier, finishing fourth and earning All-American honors.
Jon Foster, sophomore (165) - 18-14 (Career: 39-24) All-NEWA in 2009 with a 3rd place finish. NEWA's 165 champion this season was Mike Morin of USM who finished 4th at NCAAs. Foster lost to Morin three times this season by less than four points in each match.
Nate Shippee, junior (184) - 14-7 (Career: 39-23) Two-time Scholar All-American.
Kyle Ayer, senior captain (184) - 20-13 (Career: 78-38) and was a three-time All-NEWA wrestler in his career. Kyle placed 4th as a freshman and junior and took 2nd this year.
Dylan Rittenburg, junior captain (149) - 39-14 (Career: 90-45) placing at NEWA Championships for the third time (6th as a freshman, 2nd as a sophomore (national qualifier), 3rd as a junior and a Scholar All-American in 2008.
Carl Breitenstein, junior (157 37-11 - (Career: 88-33), placing at NEWA for the third time (5th as a freshman and sophomore and 3rd this year) Scholar All-American in 2008.
Ryan Malo, sophomore (197) was 39-2 - (Career: 39-2), a 2009 NEWA champion beating All-American Joe Silverman MIT (7th in the country) three times this year including twice at the NEWA Championships. Ryan won the Ursinus Fall Brawl, Doug Parker Springfield Tournament and the prestigious Simpson Invitational. Malo earned All-American honors with his second place finish at the NCAA Championships, tying the best Eph finish set by Tom Prairie '05 (125) in 2005. Set Eph single season mark for pins in a season in 2009 with 24, leading all three NCAA divisions.
"I think what Corey [Paulish] and Ryan [Malo] did in their first trip to the NCAA Championships is a great accomplishment," said DiCenzo. What makes both student-athletes such great wrestlers is neither of them is satisfied with how he placed. They both wanted to be national champions. I feel they are happy with what they accomplished but know that they can still reach their goal of becoming national champions. That constant competitiveness and drive is something that makes great athletes become elite athletes."
"Looking back on the season and all the accomplishments that our student-athletes achieved this year as a team is impressive, but we as a team expected it. Raf [Vega, co-head coach] and I have a team that is willing to work hard and strive to get better every day in and out of the season, on the mat and in the classroom. We are proud of how well they represent Williams College."
Program firsts established in 2008-09:
Seventh straight year scoring at NCAA Championships
Most wins one season 19 (19-4-1)
Most career wins 122 by Ethan Cohen '09
1st outright NEWA title
First top 10 national finish (10th)
Most Scholar All-Americans in one season: 5
Back-to-back Scholar All-American Wrestling Team National Champions
Corey Paulish most wins in a season 40 (40-9)
Ryan Malo set a Williams record with most pins in a season 24 – leading the nation (all divisions)
First time eight Eph wrestlers ranked in New England at season's end:
Ethan Cohen (125)
Josh Mattana (133)
Corey Paulish (141)
Dylan Rittenburg (149)
Carl Breitenstein (157)
Jon Foster (165)
Kyle Ayer (184)
Ryan Malo (197)
|Corey Paulish '11||2008-11||129-35 (.787)|
|Carl Breitenstein '10
|Ryan Malo '11||2009-11||125-16 (.887)*|
|Ethan Cohen '09
|Dylan Rittenburg '10||2007-10||120-53 (.694)|
|Josh Mattana '11||2008-09||109-36 (.752)|
|Tom Prairie '05||2002-05||106-8 (.930)|
|Jamall Pollock '96||1993-96||104-14 (.881)|
|*only wrestled 3 seasons|
|Ryan Malo '11
|Ryan Malo '11||2009-10||38|
|Ryan Malo '11||2009-11||82*|
|*Williams & NCAA Div. III
accomplished in just 3 years
|Tom Prairie '05 (125)||2005 -- 2nd|
|Ryan Malo '11 (197)||2009 -- 2nd|
|Ryan Malo '11||2010 -- 2nd|
Jon Dolan '07
Losing weight and keeping it off is
all well and good, but just doing that won't work for the Ephs' Jon
Dolan. Dolan, a starting linebacker for the Ephs last fall and a
captain-elect for 2006, plays football at one weight and then drops
his weight to be nationally competitive in wrestling in the very
next season on the calendar.
Dolan, an All-American at 165 (seventh place) last year, claims that it is not difficult for him to lose weight, but the key for Dolan is to maintain his strength while taking off the pounds.
Dolan loves to compete, so losing to win would not seem to fit his personality and yet that is exactly what the two-sport standout has done for eight consecutive years. Through four years at Lowell [MA] High School, a post-graduate year at Phillips Exeter Academy and for three years at Williams, Dolan has fought the battle to lose weight and maintain strength. You don’t get voted a co-captain of the wrestling team as a junior if you don't love to compete.
Football is a demanding sport that punishes the body and following it up with another sport that may be the most demanding sport in college athletics is a tough task. Football ends on the second Saturday in November every year at Williams and wrestling practice begins November 1st. So Dolan is a good three weeks behind most of his teammates when he finally gets on the mat, as are four other Ephs who double up in football and wrestling. He is also five weeks behind the rest of the Div. 3 wrestlers who do not compete in football because they can begin practice on October 15th.
Dolan takes almost 48 hours off between seasons. "I usually have that Sunday [after the Amherst game] and Monday to myself and then I start running and working out outside the wrestling room with the other football/wrestlers," said Dolan. "I usually don’t get into the actual wrestling room until a week after the football season."
Dolan reported to football practice in August weighing just under 195. "Throughout the football season I usually drop about 7-10 pounds and once November first comes I start working on getting my weight down so I know I will be on target for my weight for wrestling in January."
For Dolan to compete at the levels he desires he has to walk a fine line between being a tad on the small side for his position in football and being as strong as he can at his best weight in wrestling.
| Dolan vs. Amherst in 2006
"I would categorize Jon as a classic
'tweener'," said Eph linebacker coach George McCormack. "He could
be classified as a bigger safety or a smaller LB as far as his
weight is concerned. As far as his play is concerned, he is very
instinctual and is a good tackler. His greatest strengths in
football are quickness, intensity and toughness, which help him
overcome any weight disadvantage he may face from the opposition.
Offensive linemen are routinely in the high 200's or low 300's as
far as weight is concerned, and if you let them get into you it's
not a pretty sight. “Jon has done an excellent job of either
beating their blocks or staying low and shocking them with his
hands or shoulders to give himself the separation necessary to make
Compounding the task to lose weight and maintain strength is the fact that the Williams academic calendar is not very forgiving. Less than four weeks after football ends and right at the beginning of the competitive wrestling season final exams arrive to complete the fall semester.
"It is both mentally and physically tough to lose the weight," said Dolan. "Physically the weight fluctuation can be harsh. It is mentally tough especially at a school like Williams because balancing academics and athletics is not easy. Usually after a season you will get some time to catch up on work but when you have back-to-back seasons you don’t get that opportunity and you really have to stay on top of things. Wrestling is also a very mentally draining sport along with being physically demanding. A lot of wrestlers will tell you that wrestling is 50 percent mental. From experience I would definitely say this is true. As a wrestler you build expectations for yourself and it is often mentally draining living up to these expectations. Staying mentally tough is a key aspect of the sport of wrestling."
The NCAA has strict guidelines about athletes losing weight to compete in wrestling, all geared to the safety of the athlete. "The NCAA calculates body weight, body fat and hydration levels and puts them into a formula that tells you how much weight you are allowed to lose,” Dolan said. “Once they determine your minimum weight you are allowed to lose no more than 2 pounds a week.”
Last winter Dolan competed at 165 and won the New England title, earning a berth in the NCAA Championships. He finished seventh at the NCAAs and earned All-America honors. This season Dolan will be competing at 174.
Under NCAA rules Dolan needs to be down to his competition weight by January 18th and he cannot lose more than two pounds a week. That leaves 10 weeks to lose 12-14 pounds, maintain strength and keep up with the studies to prepare for the final exams of the fall semester.
|Dolan at 2005 NCAA Championship|
After exams there are no academic demands until January, but that still means you have to make it through the holiday season in December and New Year's when most families have plenty of food around for celebrating. Assuming, of course, you did not gorge yourself over Thanksgiving break. For Dolan the answer is to stay active and eat healthy. "I jog a lot!, " he said. "It’s not all that bad. I just try not to do what everyone else does…. stuff myself all in one sitting. I just eat healthy meals and in moderation."
"Since I started cutting weight it has
become a little easier each year," Dolan claims. "Well maybe not
easier but as the years pass I have learn how to do it more
efficiently and in a healthier manner."
Back in high school Dolan tried some of the products advertised on TV as quick weight loss products and found that while he could lose weight quickly it did not really help, because he could not maintain his strength. "I remember trying things like low carb diets, high protein diets and even diet pills. As time goes on I have come to learn that none of these things work that efficiently. They worked for a quick 10 or 15 pounds but did not help me retain the energy and strength levels I needed to compete in wrestling.
“Basically what I have figured out is that the best way to go about it is to just eat balanced meals with smaller portions. Between the vigorous workouts and the reduction in caloric intake I'm usually able to make it down to my desired weight while remaining healthy and strong."
Former Olympic gold medal wrestler Kendall Cross gave Dolan a weight loss trick that he now fully subscribes to. "I eat five meals a day," Dolan says. "The trick is to split your three meals up into five small meals. By doing this you can keep your metabolism going and burn a greater amount of fat."
"Losing weight is not exactly a competition in itself but it is definitely a large part of competing in the sport of wrestling right after you've completed a football season," said Dolan. Wrestling is a one on one sport and that is why it is so competitive. Wrestlers go to great lengths just to get the slightest advantage over their opponents and if it means losing 5 or 10 more pounds then any wrestler with a passion for winning will make the sacrifice."
Eating a balanced diet for Dolan means eating the kinds of foods that will help his body be at it's best. " I avoid all junk food, said Dolan. "Once you start to eat healthy for a long period of time you have no desire to pollute your body with useless sugars and fats. Most of my meals consist of a good lean source of protein, some carbohydrates to replenish my muscles, and some fruits or veggies."
Throughout the football and wrestling seasons Dolan is also very mindful of what he drinks as well and he keeps his liquid intake simple. "I avoid soda and I consume mostly water and some Gatorade after practice or a match."
Every Wednesday throughout the wrestling season Eph head coach Raf Vega weighs his athletes to keep track of possible weight variances that could indicate potential problems. Wrestlers typically lose a lot of water weight in a single workout and sometimes those losses are not replace properly and problems can sneak up on a wrestler. "Jon is very strict with himself on his eating and conditioning and he is always on top of his weight," said Vega.
Dolan is off to a 3-0 start this season at 174 and is ranked No. 1 in New England, but his progress on the mat was curtailed one week due to an injury, so he is not expected to be a full strength for another week or so. No one at Williams doubts that Dolan will be ready to put his best efforts forward at the New England Championships Feb. 18 –19 in his quest to earn a berth in the NCAA Div. 3 championships for a second year in a row.
Vega said he expects that when Dolan gets over his current slight injury he will again be a force to be reckoned with in New England and nationally at 174. "He's an all-around wrestler: good on his feet, has great takedowns which he always capitalizes on and is an excellent rider with a lot of pinning combinations," said Vega. "He has all the tools to be an All-American at 174."
Those who know Jon Dolan know that he is not 'losing to win' just to get on the mat – his goal is to compete and to win.
Sunday, January 27, 2013 Jon Dolan will become the fourth Eph wrestler inducted into the New England Wrestling Association (NEWA) Hall of Fame at ceremonies being held in conjunction with the NEWA Duals at Johnson & Wales University in Providence, RI.
Dolan, who competed at 165 and 174, joins Bill Sullivan '93, Jamall Pollock '06, and Tom Prairie '06 in the NEWA Hall of Fame.
A Massachusetts' all-state champ in 2002 for coaches Tim O'Keefe and George Bossi at Lowell High School, Dolan chose to attend Williams after securing a national runner-up finish for Phillips Exeter Academy in his post-graduate year in 2003.
Dolan then proceeded to fashion one of the most impressive careers in the history of both Williams and the NEWA. His freshman season at Williams was lost to injury, but as a sophomore he turned in a 7th place finish at the NCAA tournament at 165 lbs.
For both his junior and senior seasons he competed at 174 where he produced a 6th place finish at the NCAAs as a junior and then capped his career with a fourth place finish in his final year.
Under co-head coaches Raphael Vega and Dan Dicenzo, Dolan won the NEWA championship his final three years at Williams, qualifying him for the NCAA tournament, where he posted three top seven finishes to secure All-American recognition.
Dolan was also a standout on the gridiron for the Ephs. A three-year starter at linebacker, Dolan captained the undefeated Williams squad his senior year in 2006 and was second on the team in tackles with 21 solos and 15 assists.
Each year Dolan had to drop from his football weight of 195 to his wrestling weights of 164 and 179. Not only did Dolan have to lose weight, but also it was critical that he also maintain his strength. See "Losing to Win," below which chronicles Dolan's Williams career during his senior year making the transition from football to wrestling losing weight, but not strength.
Currently Dolan is a Product Manager for Suffolk Construction, one of the nation's largest contracting firms.
Dolan resides in Boston with his wife Meghan.
|L to R: Eph
head coach Scott Honecker, Jon Dolan &
2013 NEWA President Joe Pistone (USM)
|3-Time All-American Tom Prairie|
WILLIAMSTOWN, MA -- Three is a significant
number in Tommy Prairie’s Williams wrestling career.
Three times Prairie was a New England champion at 125. Three times he finished fourth or higher at the NCAA Championships earning him All-America honors, three times. He is the first Eph wrestler to earn All-America honors three consecutive years.
Another three is now being entered onto Tommy Prairie’s wrestling resume at Williams as he will become the third Eph inducted into the New England Wrestling Association (NEWA) Hall of Fame at the 2010 NEWA Championships being held at Western New England College Springfield, MA), February 20-21.
Prairie came to Williams College from Delran [HS] NJ and after a post-graduate year at Blair Academy. His second place finish nationally in 2005 was the first appearance in an NCAA final by an Eph. Prairie’s second place finish, best by an Eph, was equaled last winter by junior Ryan Malo (197).
In 114 matches at Williams Prairie registered a glittering record of 106-8 (.930), giving him the highest winning percentage among Ephs with 100 career wins.
“It’s great to see him in the profession,” said former Eph wrestling head coach and current head football coach, Mike Whalen. “I’m not sure he came to Williams with the idea of becoming a coach, but once he thought about it and mentioned an interest he was highly sought after. Head coaches looking for assistants in wrestling want a guy who can get in the room and compete.”
Upon graduating from Williams Prairie took an assistant’s position at Cumberland University in Lebanon, Tennessee where he spent a year and also earned a master’s degree in business with honors. From there Prairie accepted the head coaching position at Plymouth State University three years ago.
In his second season at Plymouth State Prairie led the Panthers to a record of 10-8, marking the first time since 1998-99 that Plymouth had won 10 matches in a season. The 2008-09 season was also the first winning season for the Panthers since 2001-02.
Prairie, in fact, did not intend to become a wrestling coach when he enrolled at Williams. “I really had no idea what I wanted to do when I entered and when I graduated,” said Prairie. “I used wrestling to help me get in [to Williams] and then get a free Master’s [Cumberland University]. I just tried to use the sport to get as far as I could to set myself up for success.”
“In graduate school I really enjoyed coaching, but never really thought I would be able to do it long term,” noted Prairie. “I always really enjoyed that aspect of the sport, but there exist very few full-time positions so it was difficult to break into the sport.”
“Tommy was the most talented wrestler I coached here,” stated Whalen. “He had the ability to score a lot of points in a short amount of time – he was just explosive. He loved the sport and was always looking to improve.”
His first season at Williams ended with a concussion, after having finished his last two high school seasons with a concussion. Prairie, Whalen is quick to point out might have become the first Eph to compete at the NCAAs every year. “He had an unfortunate late season injury his first year or he might have been the first Williams wrestler to go to the NCAAs four years in a row.”
While Prairie had a sensational career at Williams, losing just 8 times in 114 matches, he almost ended his career before his sophomore year. “I worried about the long term effects,” he stated. “I had post-concussion syndrome my entire senior spring and summer of high school where I could not run or do any contact and I worried about repeating that.”
Prairie did return to competition his sophomore year and as it would turn out it was the most challenging and yet most rewarding year of his career.
“Tommy went out to nationals and he just expected to win,” recalled Whalen. “He was up 9-1 in his first match and the next thing you know he got pinned and that was a real fork in the road for him. He had a decision to make and fortunately he made the right one. At first he did not want to wrestle any more, but after talking about it he decided to enter the wrestle backs and he basically pinned his way back to a 3rd place finish.”
Prairie calls his sophomore year at Williams his personal Eph highlight. “It was wrestling back for third my sophomore year,” Prairie stated. “That was the only season in my 17 years of competing that I finished a season with a win. I really proved to myself that I could compete at the national level.”
“That experience really helped Tommy mature and become a true leader on the team,” Whalen declared. “He went on to captain the team both his junior and senior years and won two more New England titles and had two more All-American finishes.”
The victory Prairie claimed over himself at nationals, as a sophomore was pivotal in his career and his life. “I think my time at Williams showed me that if I set a goal, work towards the goal, I can achieve anything,” commented Prairie.
Although my goals have changed I think that really sticks true to all aspects of my life now.”
"Tommy Prairie had one of the most impressive careers of any Williams athlete in the school’s history, noted current Eph head wrestling coach Dan DiCenzo. “He competed on the national level through out his career and had total of 106 wins and 8 losses. That is an unbelievable accomplishment. Tommy helped put Williams wrestling on the national scene and he is going to do a great job with the wrestling program at Plymouth State University. He is the best clinician in the New England area and one of the best Division III wrestlers ever."
|Jamall Pollock '96|
Jamall Pollock '96 was inducted into
the New England Collegiate Conference Wrestling Association (NCCWA)
Hall of Fame in February of 2007. Pollock was a three-time New
England champion and earned All-America honors twice. He is the
first Eph to be named to the NECCWA Hall of Fame.
A four-year letterman, Pollock, graduated as one of the most prolific wrestlers in Williams history. He was a four-time All-New England performer as well as a four-time New England finalist. He posted a career mark of 104-14. Pollock was the first Williams wrestler to reach the 100 win milestone.
As a freshman Pollock recorded an individual record of 23-4 and finished Ephs' second at the NECCWA championships at 158 pounds. The Ephs finished with a 12-1 regular season record good for a second place team finish in the conference. The Ephs also received their first national team ranking (20th).
Pollock's sophomore season he posted an unblemished record -- 25-0 -- including a first place finish at the NECCWA championships at 150 pounds.
In his junior year Pollock went 27-5 and again won at the NECCWA conference championships, but this time at 158 pounds. He went on to place eighth at the NCAA Div. 3 championships to earn All-American honors. The Eph team finished with a dual meet record of 13-0. It was the first undefeated season at Williams since 1949. The Ephs won the New England Championships for the first time in school history and were ranked as high as 16th nationally.
In his final year Pollock compiled a record of 29-5. He again won at the NECCWA conference championships, this time at 167 pounds. Pollock then went on to earn his second All-American honor with a fifth place finish at the NCAA Div. 3 championships.
Pollock was elected captain of the Eph wrestling team in both his junior and senior years and was also chosen to tour in the Ukraine as a Division 3 All-Star upon graduation.
In addition to being an outstanding wrestler, Pollock was also a four-year letterman in football and he still holds the Eph single season rushing record of 1,293 yards. As a senior Pollock was named the ECAC New England Football Player of the Year, the NESCAC Offensive Football Player of the year, a New England Football Writers' Division II/III All-Star and was named to the Hewlett-Packard Division III All-America Team.
After College Pollock served as a high school teacher and coach in New Jersey and he currently works as a curriculum coordinator for a non-profit after school program for students of color in the New York City area.
Sullivan was a 3-time All NEWA Wrestler and a 3-time conference
finalist. After being injured his freshman year he went on
take second in the NEWA Championships as a sophomore (134), first
as a junior at 126, and second his senior season at 134.
Sullivan was a two-year captain for the Ephs as a junior and
senior, a 2-time NCAA Qualifier, earning All-American honors as a
senior with an eighth place finish at 134.
During his sophomore year Sullivan finished second at the NEWAs to 4-time New England Champion Brian Allen of RIC. Sullivan defeated Allen during the season in the dual meet between the two schools and was the #1 seed at the NEWA Tournament. At the time the NEWA only sent the 10 champions and one wild card to the NCAA Tournament and Sullivan did not receive the wild card from the NEWA coaches.
As a junior Sullivan won the NEWA title at 126 pounds and also earned Scholar All – American Honors.
For his senior year Sullivan went back up to 134 for the NEWA Tournament, where he lost in the finals in overtime to 3-time New England Champion Bill Cotter. Cotter then went on to become the first NCAA Champion ever out of the New England Region. Sullivan was awarded the one wild card from the conference coaches and he made the most of his opportunity by becoming an All-American with an eighth-place finish.
Sullivan finished an extremely impressive career at Williams with an overall record of 65-15. He and his class were a huge part of turning the Williams College wrestling program into a winner. After struggles for the program in the 80s, Sullivan led the Ephs to four successful years that eventually resulted in Williams winning its first NEWA title in 1995.
Sullivan's resume includes some outstanding wins. During his career at Williams, he beat; Kevin Sheehan of PSU (2-time All-American, 2-time NEWA Champ, and NEWA Hall of Fame Inductee), Ken Staten (All-American, NEWA Hall of Fame Inductee), Sean Kiley of Springfield (Division II All-American before Springfield moved to Division III), Chris Troy (3-time New England Finalist, who went up to 142 his senior year and won the NEWA tournament after losing to Sullivan during the year, as well as the previously mentioned Brian Allen of RIC (4-time NEWA Champ, All-American, and NEWA Hall of Fame Inductee).
After College, Sullivan received his MBA and MS in Accounting from Northeastern University and earned his CPA License. He is currently the Director of Finance at Merrimack Pharmaceuticals, a development stage biopharmaceutical company committed to the innovation of life-enhancing medicines for the treatment of autoimmune disease and cancer.
Sullivan lives in North Andover, Massachusetts with his wife Amanda, their twins, Ryan and Kenna and their dog Rasel. On top of his full-time job, Sullivan has been a youth wrestling coach for the last seven years in North Andover, one of the largest and most successful youth wrestling programs in Massachusetts.
Since its inception in 1923,
wrestling has enjoyed many successes. Most notably the three
straight New England titles 1948-50.
In 1957 Bob Koster drove to the University of Pittsburgh without a coach and entered the NCAA Championships (all divisions) as an unseeded entrant. Koster came home with a 4th-place finish at 157 lbs. and as an All-American..
Since that time Williams wrestling has continued with its rich and revered tradition of commitment and excellence both on and off the mat, thus finding itself once again as one of the premiere New England programs in the 1990's.
In 1995, the Ephs tied for the New England Championship, sharing the honor with W.P.I. At the 2000 NECCWA Championships the Ephs finished second just behind Springfield. Seven wrestlers earned 2000 All-New England honors, highlighted by Conan Leary '02 winning the 184-pound championship. Head coach Mike Whalen was also awarded Coach of the Year in the New England College Conference.
In 2003 Williams wrestling finished tied for 17th place at the NCAA Division III Championships held at Ohio Northern University. It marked the first time in the program's history, an Eph squad finished the year ranked in the top 20 nationally. Sophomore, Tom Prairie, from Delran, NJ (PG, Blair Academy), led the way for the Ephs with an impressive 30-1 record and a national 3rd place finish at 125.
The 2003-04 Ephs suffered through a regular season that was injury-plagued, but put it together at season's end to show what they were capable of. The Ephs finished a surprising third in New England. At the NECCWA championships junior Tom Prairie repeated as the region's 125 champ, senior Dan Jacobs took top honors at 133, senior Gus Whyte was third at 174 as did classmate Justin Sullivan in the heavyweight class, while first year Lars Ojukwu was fourth at 174 and all five captured All-New England honors.
Assistant Coach Raf Vega was named the 2004 NECCWA Assistant Coach of the Year.
By virtue of their New England titles, both Prairie and Jacobs advanced to the NCAA Championships where Prairie garnered All-America honors for the second year in a row with a fourth place finish.
|All-Americans Prairie (l.) & Dolan with coaches (l. to r.) DiCenzo, Whalen & Vega|
The 2005 Ephs finished fifth at New Englands with Prairie winning at 125 and Dolan at 165. Prairie and Dolan became the first Eph duo to finish as All-Americans in the same NCAA Championship meet when Prairie took second and Dolan was seventh. The Ephs posted their best NCAA finish coming in 12th.
Dan DiCenzo was named he NECCWA Assistant Coach of the Year in 2006 and Dolan captured his second New england title, winning at 174. The Ephs were fifth at New Englands and with Dolan's sixth place finish at 174 at the NCAAs the Ephs came in 35th.
Dolan again led the Ephs to fifth place at New Englands by winning his third straight New England title and his second straight at 174. His sixth place finish at the NCAAs gave him the distinction of becoming the first Eph to become an All-American in two weight classes and tied him with Tom Prairie for most All-American fiishes at three.
With the addition of Springfield
College in 1996, the 15-team New England Wrestling Conference is
the largest Diviison III qualifier. Other top teams in the
conference include Trinity, Norwich, WPI, U.S. Coast Guard Academy
and Litte Three rival Wesleyan.
The season begins November 1 and our first competition is a tournament at Springfield College on the Saturday before Thanksgiving. We also schedule a dual meet tournament the first weekend in December, which includes Princeton, NYU and Roger Williams. During the month of January our students are involved in "Winter Study" and must take one class. This is the time when the majority of our competitions take place. We make a serious effort to schedule teams outside of New England. Currently we wrestle The College of NJ, Montclair State and Simpson College (IA) - all finish in the top 15 in the country annually.
Is wrestling a large time
The philosophy at Williams is simple; academics always come first. However, we will demand that wrestling is a close second on your list of priorities. Practice will never start before 4:30pm in order to avoid class conflicts. The length of practice will vary, but will never exceed two hours. The majority of away meets are limited to weekends, with an occasional short weeknight trip. Our program has produced 19 Scholar All-Americans in the last ten years and has traditionally posted one of the highest team GPAs on campus.
Can I participate in more than one sport at Williams?
Yes, many of our wrestlers participate in a second sport. Currently we have athletes involved in football, baseball, track and rugby. And if our wrestlers aren't competing in a second varsity sport, they are usually involved with some type of intramural activity.
What is the future of Williams
My goal is for our wrestling program to become competitive at the national level. Several other programs at Williams are ranked nationally, indicating this is an achievable goal. But in order to reach this level, we must recruit outstanding student-athletes who are willing to challenge themselves and their teammates.
What can a wrestler hope to achieve in four years at Williams?
Each student-athlete who enters our program will be challenged in the classroom and on the mat. When their collegiate career comes to a close they will have reached their full potential as a wrestler and at the same time, earned a degree from one of the most prestigious liberal arts colleges in the country.