Wiliamstown, Mass. - January 5, 2019 - The Springfield College wrestling team competed for the first time in nearly a month as they were among the seven teams at the Williams Open on Saturday.
Springfield had 25 student-athletes wrestle in the non-team scoring event and was led by Kearney Gutierrez (Freeport, N.Y.), who bumped down to 149 to rattle off four victories en route to claiming the title. After a first-round bye, Gutierrez pinned Castleon's Jason Ashline in 6:30 before advancing past Jack Murphy from Williams thanks to a medical forfeit. In the semifinals, Gutierrez earned a 3-2 decision verus STCC's David Ortiz and then outlasted teammate Nick Monteleone (Hackensack, N.J.) in the championship, 3-1.
Monteleone had a strong showing as well for the Pride en route to a second-place finish. The sophomore edged Tim McLinden, 5-4, and then pinned Jacob Studt from SUNY Ulster in just 1:49. In the quarterfinals, Monteleone bested Damian Figueroa from STCC, 6-1, and then knocked off top-seeded Alex Panhurst from Williams by pinfall in 4:36 in the semifinals.
At 133, Jacques St. Jean (Goffstown, N.J.) took second-place as he went 2-1 on the day. The first-year pinned Ben Morton from Williams in 5:00 before topping NEC's Jordyn Rowe by pinfall in 4:08. In the championship, St. Jean was downed b Castleton's Michael Gonyea, 11-4.
At 174, Aarin Feliz (Lake Hawatha, N.J.) finished as the runner-up as he notched an 18-0 technical fall versus Zach Veleas to start his day and pinned WNE's David Symmes in 2:07 in the semifinals. In the championship, Chance LaPier from Castleton prevailed by a 12-9 decision over Feliz.
Ryan Harty (Plymouth, Mass.) rebounded from a 9-1 major decision setback to SUNY Ulster's Matthew Shields in the quarterfinal with three wins in the consolation bracket before delivering an 11-3 major decision of his own over Shields in the third-place match.
Nicholas DeRosa (Billerica, Mass.) was edged by NEC's Diego Santiago in the semifinals, 5-3, but bounced back from a 16-1 technical fall over Gavin Pasqualini from SUNY Ulster and a 5-0 victory over David Yeh of Williams in the third-place bout.
Springfield's Joseph Parsons (Waldwick, N.J.) also took third on the day as he went 4-1. After being pinned in 2:08 by Joseph Rossetti from Williams in the semifinals, Parsons delivered a 7-3 victory against Marcos Mercado from STCC and then toppled teammate Michael Vietri (Dumont, N.J.), 4-2, for third place.
Springfield will again be in action on Sunday when it heads to Rhode Island for the Scott Viera Open at Roger Williams University.