Mechanicville, Pa. - November 30, 2018 - The Springfield College wrestling team competed in the opening day of the Petrofes Invitational hosted by Messiah College, and is in fifth place among the 15 teams in the field.
Mount Union registered 122.5 points following the first day of action, followed by Messiah (96), Muhlenberg (83), Washington & Jefferson (74.5), and Springfield (70.5). The Pride had seven wrestlers who advanced to Saturday's semifinal action.
Joseph Fusco (Billerica, Mass.), who entered the weekend ranked ninth at 285 in the latest National Wrestling Coaches Association Division III Individual Rankings, produced a pair of wins by pinfall to lead the Pride's efforts. The junior pinned James Brejda of Greensboro in 3:53 and later needed just 1:49 to pin Messiah's Carter Urich.
The 133 pound bracket will have three Springfield wrestlers in Saturday's semifinals as the Pride put together several great showings. Second-seeded Ian Tolotti (Dumont, N.J.) began his day with a win by pinfall in 2:54 versus Muhlenberg's Mathew Castimore, and then blanked Mount Union's Leondre Cooley, 6-0. Logan Fox (Robbinsville, N.J.) edged Messiah's Dalton Daugherty, 4-3 and then clipped West Virginia Tech's Tristan Bean, 8-4, while Jacques St. Jean (Goffstown, N.H.) continued to shine in his first season at Springfield with three victories. St. Jean started the day with a pin in 2:32 over Penn State Mt. Alto's Mason Blank, then pinned Paul Steger from Alderson Broaddus in just 1:17, and topped William Moore of Muhlenberg, 8-4, in the quarters.
At 125, Nicholas DeRosa (Billerica, Mass.) bested Messiah's Jordan Howard, 8-1, before he pinned Emanuel Dovshek from Washington & Jefferson in 5:28 in a quarterfinal showdown. In his first action of the season, George Tarwo (Concord, N.H.) earned a 6-5 win over Jared Mooney of Penn College in the quarters at 197. Additionally, Michael Vietri (Dumont, N.J.) won three matches at 141 for a spot in the semifinals, as he had a 12-1 major decision of Mount Union's David Graber, another 11-3 major decision versus Messiah's Matt Darok, and a 7-1 decision against Sean Thompson from Gettysburg.