Wrestling Finishes Seventh in the NEWA Dual Championship

Wrestling Finishes Seventh in the NEWA Dual Championship

Providence, R.I. - January 22, 2017 - The Springfield College wrestling team finished seventh at the 2017 New England Wrestling Association (NEWA) Dual Championship on Sunday at Johnson & Wales University.

Wrestling four times on the day, the Pride defeated Rhode Island, 43-6, in its opener before dropping a 24-10 decision to Coast Guard.  Southern Maine then edged Springfield, 20-18, but the Pride ended the day on a high note with a 23-22 come-from-behind win against Williams.

For his efforts on the day, senior Zach Joseph (Clifton Park, N.Y.) was selected to the NEWA Championship All-Tournament Team.

Versus Rhode Island College, Springfield won the first six bouts, highlighted by a pin by Ian Tolotti (Dumont, N.J.) in 4:27 and a 16-0 technical fall by Derek Bohle (Allenstown, N.H.).  After the Anchormen won decisions at 174 and 184, the Pride benefited from two forfeits to wrap up the win.

In their clash with Coast Guard, Springfield managed to win just three bouts, with Jacob Strohman (East Longmeadow, Mass.) earning a 7-3 decision at 149, Zach Joseph (Clifton Park, N.Y.) edging Chris Sullivan, 8-6, in an overtime battle against two of the nation's best at 157, and a 14-3 major by Joseph Fusco (Billerica, Mass.) at 285.

Springfield managed to win just two of the first eight matches versus Southern Maine, with Tolotti producing a pin in 4:53 and Joseph cruising to a 7-0 win.  Hunter Ayen (Govenour, N.Y.) added a first-period fall and Fusco tacked on another win by decision en route to the 20-18 setback.

The Pride rallied to defeat Williams in the seventh-place match, besting the Ephs, 23-22.  Tolotti posted another pin at 133 to give Springfield an early 6-4 lead, but the Pride dropped the next two to fall behind 13-6.  Joseph registered a technical fall and after Aarin Feliz (Lake Hawatha, N.J.) added a decision at 165, Williams won at 174 and 184 for a commanding 22-14 advantage.  However, Ayen tacked on a decision at 197, and needing Fusco to deliver in pin at 285 to complete the comeback, the first-year pinned his opponent in 2:08 for the victory. 

#6 Springfield 43, #11 Rhode Island College 6                              RIC      SC

125 Joel Zambrano (SC) over Brennen Liebel (RIC) Maj 13-0                   0          4.00
133 Ian Tolotti(SC) over Franky Roman (RIC) Fall 4:27                            0          6.00
141 Derek Bohle(SC) over Zachary Lepre  (RIC) TF 16-0                          0          5.00
149 Kearney Gutierrez(SC) over Unknown (Unattached) Forf                   0          6.00
157 Zach Joseph(SC) over Unknown (Unattached) Forf                            0          6.00
165 Ryan Ward(SC) over Samuel Lindblom  (RIC) Maj 16-3                     0          4.00
174 Vincent Drago  (RIC) over Ryan Errico(SC) Dec 7-5                           3.00      0
184 Michael Gallagher  (RIC) over Seve Burgos(SC) Dec 10-3                  3.00      0
197 Hunter Ayen(SC) over Unknown (Unattached) Forf                           0          6.00
285 Joe Fusco(SC) over Unknown (Unattached) Forf                               0          6.00
Final Score:                                                                                         6.0       43.0 

#3 Coast Guard 24, #6 Springfield 10                                             CGA     SC
125 Earl Roberts (CGA) over Tyler Fitzpatrick (SC) Dec 4-1                      3.00      0
133 Owen McClave (CGA) over Ian Tolotti (SC) Dec 6-5                           3.00      0
141 Matthew McAllister (CGA) over Andrew Mastrangelo (SC) Maj 8-0      4.00      0
149 Jake Strohman (SC) over Matthew Vieira (CGA) Dec 7-3                    0          3.00
157 Zach Joseph (SC) over Christopher Sullivan (CGA) SV-1 8-6               0          3.00
165 Nick Remke (CGA) over Ryan Ward (SC) Maj 14-6                            4.00      0
174 Michael Palomba (CGA) over Aarin Feliz (SC) Maj 16-3                      4.00      0
184 Dan Fiorvanti (CGA) over Severianel Burgos (SC) Dec 3-2                 3.00      0
197 Phil Azzari (CGA) over Hunter Ayen (SC) Dec 7-3                              3.00      0
Joe Fusco (SC) over Cory Tomasetti (CGA) Maj 14-3                                0          4.00
Final Score                                                                                          24.0     10.0 

#7 Southern Maine 20, #6 Springfield 18                                       SC        USM
125 Peter Del Gallo (USM) over Joel Zambrano (SC) Dec 6-4                   0          3.00
133 Ian Tolotti (SC) over Casey Abshire (USM) Fall 4:53                          6.00      0
141 Brendan Weir (USM) over Derek Bohle (SC) Dec 5-2                         0          3.00
149 Dan Del Gallo (USM) over Jake Strohman (SC) TF 20-5                     0          5.00
157 Zach Joseph (SC) over CJ Luth (USM) Dec 7-0                                  3.00      0
165 Josh Smith (USM) over Aarin Feliz (SC) Dec 7-2                                0          3.00
174 Justin Stacy (USM) over Ryan Ward (SC) Dec 8-3                             0          3.00
184 Kolby Smith (USM) over Severianel Burgos (SC) Dec 7-3                   0          3.00
197 Hunter Ayen (SC) over Steve Corio (USM) Fall 1:17                           6.00      0
285 Joe Fusco (SC) over Mike Risti (USM) Dec 9-4                                   3.00      0
Final Score:                                                                                         18.0     20.0 

7th Place Match: #6 Springfield 23, #5 Williams 22                       WC       SC
125 Matt Morris (WC) over Tyler Fitzpatrick (SC) Maj 10-1                       4.00      0
133 Ian Tolotti (SC) over Dietrich Hartman (WC) Fall 2:15                       0          6.00
141 Brendon Seyfried (WC) over Andrew Mastrangelo (SC) Fall 4:06         6.00     0
149 Alex Pankhurst (WC) over Kearney Gutierrez (SC) Dec 9-4                3.00      0
157 Zach Joseph (SC) over Nick Anselmi (WC) TF 16-1                            0           5.00
165 Aarin Feliz (SC) over Luke Anselmi (WC) Dec 6-4                              0           3.00
174 Max Odell (WC) over Ryan Errico (SC) Maj 9-1                                  4.00       0
184 Christoper Chorzepa (WC) over Severianel Burgos (SC) TF 15-0        5.00       0
197 Hunter Ayen (SC) over Martin Strenk (WC) Dec 6-2                         0            3.00
285 Joe Fusco (SC) over Sebastian Dziadkiewicz (WC) Fall 2:08               0            6.00

Final Score: 22.0 23.0