Mechanicsville, Pa. - December 2, 2017 - Led by gritty performances from sophomores Ian Tolotti (Dumont, N.J.) and Joseph Fusco (Billerica, Mass.), the Springfield College wrestling team wrapped up the Messiah Petrofes Invitational, hosted by Messiah College on Friday and Saturday.
Springfield College took fifth overall as it accumulated 83.5 points during the two-day invitational. Messiah College took first overall with 202 points, and was followed by Mount Union (193 points), Waynesburg (127 points) and Gettysburg (117 points.).
At 125, Springfield College's two remaining student-athletes, Logan Fox (Robbinsville, N.J.) and Robert Hartling (Storrs, Conn.) both bowed out following their first match of the day, while at 133, Tolotti continued his dominant weekend, as following an 11-6 loss to Curtis Cox of Alderson Broaddus, he defeated Seth Hayes of Mount Union, 13-5, and Josh Kuslock of Waynesburg, 7-3, to lock up a third-place finish in his respective weight class.
After falling in his first bout on Friday night, Bryce Finnegan (Northborough, Mass.) won four-consecutive matches in the consolation bracket, including a win by medical forfeit over Nolan Smith of Gettysburg and a major decision victory (14-6) over Devin Wilhelm of West Virginia Tech, before falling to Sean Thompson of Gettysburg by decision, 7-2. Finnegan was able to pin Arron Kammeyer of Mount Union, locking up seventh place at 141.
Freshman Nick Monteleone (Hackensack, N.J.) bowed out of the tournament early on Saturday with a loss to Kyle Jenkins from Mount Union at 149, but at 165, Aarin Feliz (Lake Hawatha, N.J.) fought his way to a seventh-place match, where he pinned Tanner Walker of Muskingum in 3:21 to end his weekend on a high note. At 174, Connor Sheehan (Hazlet, N.J.) led the way for Springfield College as he won a pair of matches including a pin on Silas Dishong of Penn State Mt. Alto, before defeating Tyron Dudley of Greensboro, 13-6, landing a spot in the seventh-place match. There, Sheehan knocked off Seth Patterson of Messiah by tech fall, winning the match 22-4.
At 285, Fusco continued his red hot sophomore season as the heavyweight fell to Jake Evans of Waynesburg in the semifinal, before he pinned Michael Sinclair of Mount Union in 3:13, before clinching third place with a win by fall over Dylan Otis of Penn College.
Next, Springfield College will wrap up the first semester with a dual match against regional-rival Roger Williams on Friday, December 8. The tilt is set to begin at 6 p.m.