Providence, R.I. - February 23, 2019 - The Springfield College wrestling team competed at the NCAA Division III Northeast Regional Championships hosted at Johnson & Wales University on Saturday. Of the 10 wrestlers that started the day representing the Pride on the regional stage, five advanced to the second day of action.
Of the 17 teams in the field, Springfield is currently in 10th place as it registered 37 points in the opening day.
At 141, Ryan Peters (Wells, Maine) picked up a pair of victories to earn a spot in Saturday's semifinals. Peters began his day by pinning Jason Ashline from Castleton in just 2:00 before delivering a 9-6 win over Wesleyan's James Matias in the quarterfinals. Peters will square off against No. 2 seed Joseph Ferinde from Johnson & Wales on Sunday, with the winner earning a spot in the national tournament field.
Ian Tolotti (Dumont, N.J.) went 2-1 in the opening day at 133 as he pinned Caleb Lamarre from Bridgewater State in just 1:19, but was then edged by NYU's William Crisco, 5-1. In the wrestle backs, Tolotti produced a 16-0 technical fall against WNE's Austin Roche.
Kearney Gutierrez (Freeport, N.Y.) started off his day at 149 with an 8-0 major decision of New England College's Najee Hall, but was then pinned by top-seeded Da'mani Burns from from JWU in 3:51. In the consolation bracket, Gutierrez prevailed by a 9-7 decision over WPI's Peter Nash to advance to Sunday.
At 174, Aarin Feliz (Lake Hawatha, N.J.) rebounded after falling to Norwich's Daniel Curran, 8-4, in his opener with a 7-3 decision against Davey Goodall of WNE and a 6-4 victory against WPI's Chase Lind. Also still in contention in the championship is the Pride's Ryan Harty (Plymouth, Mass.) at 157 pounds. The senior defeated Benjamin Forsman of Norwich, 11-4, but then was clipped by top-seeded Tyler Marsh of WPI, 3-0. In his first consolation round, Harty prevailed over Southern Maine's Zac Thompson, 8-1.
The top seed at 285 pounds, Joseph Fusco (Billerica, Mass.) pinned Ryan Higgins from Bridgewater State in 2:00 to start his day, but was then pinned by Adam Patsun of Roger Williams in 3:16 and had his season come to a close following a medical forfeit in the next round.
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