Mechanicville, Pa. - December 1, 2018 - Behind eight individual placers, the Springfield College wrestling team finished fifth at the Petrofes Invitational at Messiah College on Saturday afternoon.
Mount Union won the tournament with 218 points, outdistancing host Messiah, who was second with 158. Muhlenberg took third (116.5), while Washington & Jefferson (103.5) and Springfield (99) rounded out the top five.
Springfield had two wrestlers who finished as the runner up in their respective weight classes. At 133, second-seeded Ian Tolotti (Dumont, N.J.) began his Saturday topping teammate Logan Fox (Robbinsville, N.J.) by a 6-0 decision in the semifinals before falling in the title bout to Mount Union's Jordin James, 10-3. Michael Vietri (Dumont, N.J.) earned a spot in the 141 pound championship after advancing on a medical forfeit in the semifinals before dropping a 5-1 decision to Mount Union's David Massey.
Jacques St. Jean (Goffstown, N.H.) was pinned in 1:14 in the other 133 pound semifinal, but bounced back with another win by pinfall in 2:55 over West Virginia Tech's Tristan Bean. Fox would earn a 4-3 victory over William Moore from Muhlenberg, and then meet up St. Jean in the third-place bout, with Fox prevailing by a 4-3 decision.
At 141, Ryan Peters (Wells, Maine) battled his way back to a third-place finish after his tournament took a detour in Friday's quarterfinals when he was disqualified. Peters benefitted from a medical forfeit in the next round before downing Gettysburg's Sean Thompson, 7-5, besting Austin Sherman from Muhlenberg, 7-5, who was ranked ninth in the country. In the third-place match, Peters delivered another 7-5 win against Messiah's Nick Nunez.
George Tarwo (Concord, N.H.) also finished third at 197 as he picked up two wins on Saturday. After falling to top-seeded Ken Burrs from Waynesburg, 10-3, in the semifinals, Tarwo battled back with a 4-1 victory against Luca Colestock from Muhlenburg and took third with a 9-6 victory against Jarey Mooney from Penn.
In the semifinals of the 285 pound weight class, a pair of nationally-ranked opponents clashed as ninth-ranked Joseph Fusco (Billerica, Mass.) took on eighth-ranked Paul Triandafilou from Gettysburg. Traindafilou prevailed by a 6-1 decision, but Fusco would rebound with a injury default over Mount Union's Grant Martin and then pinned Dylan Otis from Penn in 5:12 to finish in third.
After dropping a 9-1 major decision to Messiah's Josiah Gehr in the semifinals of 125, Nicholas DeRosa (Billerica, Mass.) was pinned in 2:30 by King's Dakota Quick, but finished the weekend off on a high note, earning a 9-4 decision against Washington & Jefferson's Emanuel Dovshek in the fifth-place match.