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Wrestling Has Strong Showing at Wildcat Open

Wrestling Has Strong Showing at Wildcat Open

Providence, R.I. - January 27, 2019 - Several members of the Springfield College wrestling program had strong showings at the Wildcat Open at Johnson & Wales University on Sunday.  The meet was a non-team scoring event. 

At 125 pounds, Robert Hartling (Storrs, Conn.) put together a great effort en route to finishing in second place.  After edging Wilson Gomes from Bridgewater State, 10-6, the sophomore pinned Will Jarvis from Plymouth State in just 52 seconds.  In the semifinals, Hartling benefitted from a medical forfeit by top-seeded Ryan Chauvin from USMAPS before being pinned by Brown's Reese Fry in 3:50 in the title match. 

 Jacques St. Jean (Goffstown, N.H.) took third at 133 pounds as he wrestled six times on Sunday.  A pin in just 44 seconds over Bridgewater State's Andrew Lopez started off the day for St. Jean, but he would drop a 15-12 decision in the quarterfinals to top-seeded Owen McClave from Elite Wrestling.  In the consolations, St. Jean pinned Bridgewater State's Caleb Lamarre in 2:17 and Jake Cala of Mount Saint Vincent in 2:17 before edging Sean Wieck from Roger Williams in sudden victory.  In the third-place match, St. Jean delivered his fourth pinfall of the day, this time in 3:42 over JWU's Christopher Caban.

At 141, Michael Vietri (Dumont, N.J.) took fourth as he notched an 18-3 technical fall of Joshua Roberts from JWU and clipped Watna Cunha, also from JWU, by a 4-3 decision in the quarterfinals.  After a 3-2 setback to Theodore Powers from Brown in the semifinals, Vietri advanced to the third-place match following a medical forfeit by USNAPS' Noah Caskey.  His day came to a close after dropping an 8-4 decision to Logan Brown of USMAPS.

Additionally, Springfield's Bryce Finnegan (Northborough, Mass.) took fifth at 149 as he won five times on Sunday.