WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. – The Castleton University wrestling team picked up a 34-16 win in a dual match at Williams College on Friday night, downing the Ephs by taking six of the 10 matches, including three by pin.
The Spartans are now 15-12 in dual competitions this season, and have won six of their last eight dual matches.
The Ephs opened the day with a 7-0 lead, taking both the 157 and 165-pound classes by major decision and decision, respectively. Castleton got on the board in the 174-pound bout, as Chance LaPier dropped his opponent to make it 7-6. A 2:22 pin by Jason Hoffman at the 184-pound class gave Castleton its first lead of the day, 12-7.
Mitchell LaFlam extended the Spartan advantage to 18-7 with a victory via fall in 1:48 at the 197, before the lead pushed the 24-7 after a Williams forfeit in the 285-pound bout.
With the weight classes turning over back to the 125, the Ephs got back on the board with a decision win to cut the edge to 24-10, but Michael Gonyea cruised to a win via fall at the 133-pound class to push the lead up to 30-10, pinning his opponent in just 1:25. After a loss at the 141, Max Tempel closed out the competition matches with an 8-0 win via major decision in the 149 to give the match its final score, 34-16.
The Spartans are back on the mat on Sunday, February 17, at the New England Wrestling Association Futures Tournament in Hartford, Connecticut.