Wrestling Competes at Budd Whitehill Duals

Wrestling Competes at Budd Whitehill Duals

Williamsport, Pa. - January 13, 2017 - Despite another impressive performance from freshman Joseph Fusco (Billerica, Mass.) and Hunter Ayen (Gouverneur, N.Y.), the Springfield College wrestling program fell to No. 20 Ohio Northern, No. 25 York (Pa.) and SUNY Oswego at the Budd Whitehill Duals, hosted by Lycoming College on Friday.

Fusco, the reigning New England Wrestling Association (NEWA) Rookie of the Week, went 3-0 on the day, including a pair of wins by decision and a win by fall to finish the day off against SUNY Oswego. Ayen put forth another strong effort this weekend, going 2-1 on the day to improve to 5-1 on the year as the junior picked up wins over Alex Bair (Centerville, Ohio) of Ohio Northern and a win by forfeit against SUNY Oswego.

In Springfield College's first match of the day, Joel Zambrano (Bellmore, N.Y.) fell by decision to Seth Transue (Plain City, Ohio), 4-1 at 125, before Ian Tolotti (Dumont, N.J.) pulled the Pride even with a 1-0 decision over Brad Taton (Mentor, Ohio) at 133. At 141, Patrick Ferzoco (Stoughton, Mass.) fell by major decision to Aidan Pierobon (Rochester Hills, Mich.), before Kearney Gutierrez (Freeport, N.Y.) won by decision over Evan Morgan (Cincinatti, Ohio), 2-1, to cut Springfield College's deficit to one after four matches.

At 157, senior Zach Joseph (Clifton Park, N.Y.) gave the Pride a four-point lead with a win by tech fall over Gavin Nelson (Oregon, Ohio), but the Polar Bears' Seth Meyer (Defiance, Ohio) pinned Elias Kokalis (Great Neck, N.Y.) in 48 seconds at 165 to give Ohio Northern a 13-11 lead. At 174, Geovanni Medina (New Britain, Conn.) fell by major decision, before Clayton Davidson (Kirtland, Ohio) defeated Seve Burgos (Guilford, Conn.) by tech fall, 18-3, to give the Polar Bears a 22-11 advantage. Ayen picked up a pin at 197 to put the Pride within striking range, but needing a pin 285, Fusco won by decision, 12-6, as Springfield College fell short by two points.

Against York, Zambrano and Tolotti both fell by decision to begin the match, before Gregory Warner (Newville, Pa.) pinned Jacob Strohman (East Longmeadow, Mass.) in 1:36 to give the Spartans an early 12-0 advantage. From there, Ferzoco and Gutierrez both fell at 141 and 149, respectively, before Joseph fell by sudden victory to Tyler Rhoads (Harrisburg, Pa.), 5-3. At 174, Medina got pinned by Joseph Sindoni (Mullica Hills, N.J.) in 5:23, before Connor Bohringer (Jackson, N.J.) suffered a 5-2 setback to Jesse Huber (Levittown, Pa.) at 184. At 197, Ayen lost by decision to John Shorter (Lancaster, Pa.), 4-2, before Fusco closed out the match with a 9-3 decision over Stefanos Karpontinis (Lawrence, N.J.) to earn the Pride's three points.

In the Pride's final match of the day, Zambrano kicked things off with a 4-1 decision victory at 125, before transfer sophomore Nicholas DeRosa (Billerica, Mass.) was pinned in 5:45 by Evan Corso (Shirley, N.Y.) to give the Lakers a 6-3 advantage. From there, Ferzoco and Gutierrez both lost by major decision, but Joseph produced a win by fall over Michael DeCapua (New Windsor, N.Y.) to pull the Pride to within five. After forfeiting at 165, Medina fell to Jeff Lombardi (Campbell Hall, N.Y.) by major decision, before Burgos dropped a major decision and Ayen picked up a win by forfeit to make it 28-15, Lakers. In the final pairing of the day, Fusco picked up his third win by pinning Ryan Kamer (Shirley, N.Y.) in 1:51 to make it 28-21. 

Match 1 - No. 20 Ohio Northern 22, No. 23 Springfield College 20

125 - Seth Transue (Ohio Northern) def. Joel Zambrano (Springfield) - Dec, 4-1
133 - Ian Tolotti (Springfield) def. Brad Taton (Ohio Northern) - Dec, 1-0
141 - Aidan Pierobon (Ohio Northern) def. Patrick Ferzoco (Springfield) - Maj. Dec, 12-4
149 - Kearney Gutierrez (Springfield) def. Evan Morgan (Ohio Northern) - Dec, 2-1 
157 - Zach Joseph (Springfield) def. Gavin Nelson (Ohio Northern) - TF, 16-1
165 - Seth Meyer (Ohio Northern) def. Elias Kokalis (Springfield) - Fall 0:48
174 - Kyler Deeter (Ohio Northern) vs. Geovanni Medina (Springfield) - Maj. Dec, 15-5
184 - Clayton Davidson (Ohio Northern) vs. Seve Burgos (Springfield) - TF, 18-3
197 - Hunter Ayen (Springfield) def. Alex Bair (Ohio Northern) - Fall 5:43
285 - Joseph Fusco (Springfield) def. Austin Windle (Ohio Northern) - Dec. 12-6

Match 2 - No. 25 York (Pa.) 35, No. 23 Springfield College 1

125 - Dylan Nuttall (York (PA)) def. Joel Zambrano (Springfield) - Dec, 7-2
133 - Ryan Flynn (York (PA)) def. Ian Tolotti (Springfield) - Dec, 2-1
141 - Gregory Warner (York (PA)) def. Jacob Strohman (Springfield) - Fall 1:36
149 - Jeffery Walker (York (PA)) def. Patrick Ferzoco (Springfield)  - TF, 16-0 
157 - Chad Wickard (York (PA)) def. Kearney Gutierrez (Springfield) - Dec, 6-0
165 - Tyler Rhoads (York (PA)) def. Zach Joseph (Springfield) - SV-1 5-3
174 - Joseph Sindani (York) vs. Geovanni Medina (Springfield) - Fall 5:23
184 - Jesse Huber (York (PA)) vs. Connor Bohringer (Springfield) - Dec, 5-2
197 - John Shorter (York (PA)) def. Hunter Ayen (Springfield)  - Dec, 4-2
285 - Joseph Fusco (Springfield) def. Stefanos Karpontinis (York (PA)) Dec, 9-3

Match 3 - SUNY Oswego 28, No. 23 Springfield College 21

125 - Joel Zambrano (Springfield) def. Jack Del Duca (SUNY Oswego) - Dec, 4-1 
133 - Evan Corso (SUNY Oswego) def. Nicholas DeRosa (Springfield) - Fall 5:45
141 - Max Kutsepau (SUNY Oswego) def. Patrick Ferzoco (Springfield) - Maj. Dec, 23-12 
149 - Joey Bush (SUNY Oswego) def. Kearney Gutierrez (Springfield)  - Maj. Dec, 8-0
157 - Zach Joseph (Springfield) def. Michael DeCapua (SUNY Oswego) - Fall 2:51
165 - Trevor Hoffmier (SUNY Oswego) wins by forfeit 
174 - Jeff Lombardi (SUNY Oswego) vs. Geovanni Medina (Springfield) - Maj. Dec, 15-5 
184 - Jordan Bushey (SUNY Oswego) vs. Seve Burgos (Springfield) - Maj. Dec, 12-2
197 - Hunter Ayen (Springfield) wins by forfeit 
285 - Joseph Fusco (Springfield) def. Ryan Kamer (SUNY Oswego) - Fall 1:51