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Fusco Earns Spot at NCAA Division III Championship With Runner-Up Finish at 285; Wrestling Takes 10th Overall at Regionals

Worcester, Mass. - February 25, 2018 - The Springfield College wrestling team had seven of it's ten competitors remaining on Sunday, as the Pride wrapped up competition at the 2018 NCAA Division III Regional Championships, hosted at WPI. Highlighting the day was sophomore heavyweight Joseph Fusco (Billerica, Mass.), who punched his ticket to the NCAA Division III Championships, which will be hosted in Cleveland, Ohio from March 9-10.

Kicking the day off at 125, Nicholas DeRosa (Billerica, Mass.) fell to Amir Daouk (Londonderry, N.H.), 8-7, in double overtime to see his tournament come to a close, before at 133, Ian Tolotti (Dumont, N.J.) was pinned in 1:51 by Joao Vicente (East Providence, R.I.), sending the junior to the consolation semifinals.

Junior Derek Bohle (Allenstown, N.H.) fell at 141 to Austin Shorey (Lebanon, Maine) of Southern Maine by technical fall, 17-2, to see his day come to an end, while at 149, Ryan Peters (Timberlane, N.H.) dropped a 13-4 major decision to Brendan Weir (Easthampton, Mass.) of USM to see his first NCAA Regional Championships in maroon and white come to a close.

Wrestling at 165, Aarin Feliz (Lake Hawatha, N.J.) dropped a heartbreaker to Yo Akiyama (Houston, Texas) of Williams, 11-10, in overtime to see his tournament come to a close, while wrestling in the consolation quarterfinals at 174, Ryan Harty (Plymouth, Mass) lost a 5-3 decision to Justin Stacy (Rochester, N.H.) of Southern Maine at 174 to bow out as well. 

At 285, Joseph Fusco (Billerica, Mass.) delivered a 3-2 decision over Jesse Webb (Bennington, Vt.) of Castleton to earn a spot in the 1st-place match and punch his ticket to the NCAA Division III Championships. 

Competing in the consolation semifinals, Tolotti dropped a 7-6 decision to Western New England's Tim McLinden (Plaistow, N.H.) to land a spot in the 5th/6th-place match, where he suffered a 6-2 setback to WPI's Stephen Jendritz (Rockford, Mich.) to take sixth overall.

Wrapping up the day, Fusco was pinned by Wesleyan's Isaiah Bellamy (Bozrah, Conn.) at 285 in 3:40, resulting in a second-place finish for the sophomore.