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JANUARY 6, 2006

Simpson Defeats Williams 37-3 & Ithaca Defeats RIC 26-18 

WILLIAMSTOWN, MA – The Williams wrestling team fell to 3-4 on the year with a 37-3 loss to perennial national power Simpson College. Williams is now 0-9 all-time vs. the Simpson Storm. Simpson improved to 6-3 on the year and ran their win streak to six.

Simpson's record entering the night's events of 4-3 was a little misleading as they competed in the fall semester without their full lineup and they had won their last four matches prior to heading east.
Dustin Brewer (141) is a two-time All-American having placed fourth last year. Heavyweight Brett Christiansen also garnered All-America honors a year ago for The Storm with a 6th place finish.

Simpson opened the match with seven wins in a row before sophomore Max Pinto recorded a win for the Ephs at 184.

Sophomore Max Pinto was the lone Eph to record two wins on the night. "It's always fun to win, but now I really appreciate all the hard work I put in earlier in the season." said Pinto. "The beginning of January
is when the whole season really begins. These were two really good teams we saw tonight, so I think we'll be fine the rest of the season."

"After a long break [not wrestling since Dec. 7th] I just wanted the guys to come back and give it their all," said Eph head coach Raf Vega. "It was nice to avenge last year's loss to RIC and it gave us some
momentum going into the Simpson match. We competed vs. Simpson, but I thought once they won some early matches we lost our focus. The test for us will be how we react tomorrow when we face a Simpson kid."

Simpson has appeared in 21 consecutive NCAA Tournaments.

The Ephs are hosting the Williamstown Invitational tomorrow beginning at 10:00 a.m. in Lasell Gym with Simpson, Ithaca, Roger Williams Univ., Johnson & Wales Univ. and Muhlenberg competing.

Weight -- Result Score/Time -- Running Score

125 – Tony Hager (S) def, Ethan Cohen (W) – 2-1 – Simpson - 3-0

133 – Brooke Irlmeir (S) def. Mike Penza (W) – 8-0 – Simpson –7-0

141 – Cole Christiansen (S) def. Tim Madden (W) – 6-2 – Simpson –10-0

149 – Dustin Brewer (S) def. Matt Stephan (W) – 18-2 - Simpson – 15-0

157 – Kellen Delaney (S) def. James Sheehan (W) – 7-5 – Simpson – 18-0

165 – Bryn Lewellyn (S) def. Kevin Greener (W) – 8-3 – Simpson – 21-0

174 – Cody Downing (S) def. Doug Washington (W) – 12-3 – Simpson – 25-0

184 – Max Pinto (W) def. Tom Kach (S) – 5-2 – Simpson 25-3

197 – Berke Tuinstra (S) pinned/0:14 Kyle Ayer (W) – Simpson – 31-3

285 – Brett Christiansen (S) pinned/2:44 Jim Bierman (W) – Simpson 37-3

Ithaca 26 – RIC 18

For the second consecutive match Iothaca forfeited at the first two weight classes, but this time the Bombers were able to come back from the early 12 point deficit to win. A win by Ben Sanchez at 141 for RIC
boosted their lead to 15-0 before Ithaca could get on the scoreboard.

The Bombers then won six straight bouts with Robert Stubbs' pin at 184 putting them on top at 20-15 and Nick Calandrino's pin at 197 clinching the win.

Ithaca improved to 2-2 on the year while RIC fell to 2-5.

Weight -- Result Score/Time -- Running Score

125 – Ray Hanley (R) won by forfeit – RIC – 6-0

133 – Todd Bloom (R) won by forfeit – RIC 12-0

141 – Ben Sanchez (R) def. Lance Dolson (I) – 4-3 – RIC -15-0

149 – Mike Tuscano (I) def. Eric Fama (R) – 5-3 – RIC – 15-3

157 – Jad Duca (I) def. Matt Kelly (R) – 11-6 – RIC – 15-6

165 – Brian Lockard (I) def. Ian Coyne (R) – 4-3 – RIC – 15-9

174 – Matthias Keib (I) def. Nick Logan (R) – 18-3 – RIC --15-14

184 – Robert Stubbs (I) pinned/3:55 Damien Hebert (R) -- IC – 20-15

197 – Nick Calandrino (I) pinned/1:45 Eric Martel (R) – IC – 26-15

285 – Andrew Algarin (R) def. Jake Mender (IC) – IC 26-18


Ephs Beat RIC 23-12 – Simpson (IA) Tops Ithaca 27-19 in First Round Matches  

WILLIAMSTOWN, MA -- The Williams wrestling team upped its record to 3-3 on the year with a 23-12 win over Rhode Island College (RIC). The win was the third in the row for the Ephs. With the loss RIC falls to 2-4 on the year.

The RIC match was the first for the Ephs since they defeated Norwich 22-21 back on Dec. 30th.

Junior Jon Dolan (174), the only returning Eph who achieved All-America honors last season (7th at 165), was unable to participate in the night’s matches due to an injury.

RIC entered the match with a 2-3 record, having lost their last two matches on Dec. 30th to Lawrence (WI) and Ursinus.

Weight -- Result Score/Time -- Running Score

125 – Ethan Cohen (W) def. Ray Hanley (R) - 9-1 – Wms 4-0

133 – Todd Bloom (R) def. Mike Penza (W) - 8-2 – Wms 4-3

141 – Tim Madden (W) def. Ben Sanchez (R) - 3-2 OT – Wms 7-3

149 – Matt Stephan (W) def Eric Fama (R) - 4-3 – Wms 10-3

157 – James Sheehan (W) pinned/4:43 Colin Smith (R) – Wms 16-3

165 – Nick Logan (R) def. Chris Damsgard (W) - 7-3 – Wms 16-6

174 – Ian Cone (R) def. Doug Washington (W) - 12-11 – Wms 16-9

184 – Max Pinto (W) def. Kevin Davis (R) - 6-3 – Wms 19-9

197 – Tyler Ayer (W) def. Ray Moore (R) - 12-4 – Wms 23-9

285 – Andrew Algarin (R) def. Jim Bierman (W) – 2-0 -- Wms 23-12

Simpson (IA) Tops Ithaca 27-19

The Simpson Storm improved to 5-3 on the year with a 27-19 win over Ithaca College in the first meeting between the two schools. The win was the fifth in a row for the Storm. Ithaca fell to 1-2 on the year
with the loss.

Simpson and Ithaca are perennial competitors at the NCAA Tournament and The Storm has made 21 consecutive appearances, while Ithaca is currently ranked 16th nationally.

Ithaca forfeited at the first two weight classes (125 & 133) to put themselves in a deep hole and Simpson won the first two bouts of the match to post an insurmountable lead of 21-0.

The Bombers did come back and win the next five weight classes (157 – 197) and Nick Calandrino’s pin of Berke Tuinstra gave Ithaca a chance to win, trailing 21-19. Returning All-American heavyweight Brett
Christiansen of Simpson settled matters by pinning the Bombers’ Jake Mender at 2:51 to end the match.

In the nightcap Simpson will battle host Williams and Ithaca will take on RIC.

Weight -- Result Score/Time -- Running Score

125 – Tony Hagar (S) won by forfeit – Simpson 6-0

133 – Brooke Irlmeir (S) won by forfeit – Simpson - 12-0

141 – Dustin Brewer (S) def. Lance Dolson (I) – 17-1 – Simpson – 17-0

149 – Josh Swanson (S) def. Scott Aronowitz (I) – 14-4 – Simpson – 21-0

157 – Jad Duca (I) def. Kellen Delaney (S) – 5-4 – Simpson -- 21-3

165 – Brian Lockard (I) def. Bryan Lewellyn (S) – 6-4 – Simpson -- 21-6

174 – Matthias Keib (I) def. Cody Downing (S) – 1-0 – Simpson -- 21-9

184 – Robert Stubbs (I) def. Tom Koch (S) – 12-1 – Simpson -- 21-13

197 – Nick Calandrino (I) pinned/2:45 Berke Tuinstra (S) – Simpson --
21-19

285 – Brett Christiansen pinned/2:51 Jake Mender (I) – Simpson – 27-19