Ithaca, N.Y. - November 2, 2018 - The Springfield College wrestling team began the 2018-19 campaign in the opening day of the Ithaca Invitational on Friday afternoon and is in fifth among the 12 teams in the competition.
Ithaca leads the field with 42 points, followed by Castleton (36), RIT (34.5), Johnson & Wales (33.5), and Springfield College (27.5).
At 125, the Pride have a pair of wrestlers in the quarterfinals, as Robert Hartling (Storrs, Conn.) produced a 17-5 major decision over Castleton's Robert Martel and delivered a 9-4 decision against Anthony Stramiello. Additionally, Chris Trelli (Bristol, Conn.) pinned Joseph Becker of Castleton in 4:54.
Springfield will also have two wrestlers in the quarters at 133, as Jarred Tolotti (Dumont, N.J.) bested Gavin Cunningham from JWU, 9-4, and Jacques St. Jean (Goffstown, N.H.) registered a 16-0 technical fall against Austin Roche.
Both Michael Vietri (Dumont, N.J.) and Ryan Peters (Wells, Maine) performed well at 141 and picked up two wins apiece to start the season. Vietri pinned Norwich's Drake Troyer in 5:00 and then clipped Luke Moynihan from JWU, 3-1. Peters was dominant in his opener with a 15-0 technical fall against WNE's Justin DeLucia and followed with a 3-1 decision versus JWWU's Jordan Robinson.
At 149 pounds, Derek Wilson (Derry, N.H.) got off to a promising start by posting a 23-8 technical fall over JWU's Phillip Dushkewich and pinning Greensboro's Ryan Dominique in just 2:30. Teammate Nick Monteleone (Hackensack, N.J.) also earned a spot in the quarterfinals as he edged Greensboro's James Banks, 5-4, and then upset fourth-seeded Watna Cunha from JWU by virtue of a 9-0 major decision.
Aarin Feliz (Lake Hawatha, N.J.) was seeded second at 165 and began his senior campaign with a pin in 4:18 against WNE's Dario Papallo and followed with a 12-11 decision versus Castleton's Andrew Fountain.
In his first action since competing in last year's NCAA Division III Championship, Joseph Fusco (Billerica, Mass.) began his season with a pair of wins at 285. The No. 2 seed pinned Greensboro's Brandon Williams in just 1:41 in his debut before notching a 23-4 technical fall against Jose Diaz from Johnson & Wales.