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Tolotti Earns Bid To NCAA Division III Championship As Wrestling Takes 10th at Regionals

Tolotti Earns Bid To NCAA Division III Championship As Wrestling Takes 10th at Regionals

Providence, R.I. - February 24, 2019 - The Springfield College wrestling team competed at the NCAA Division III Northeast Regional Championships hosted at Johnson & Wales University on Sunday.  Of the 10 wrestlers that started the weekend representing the Pride on the regional stage, five were still in contention in the second day of action.   

Of the 17 teams in the field, Springfield finished 10th as a team as it recorded 54 points. 

Ian Tolotti (Dumont, N.J.) had a tremendous second day of action and finished third in the region at 133 pounds en route to earning a bid to the NCAA Division III Championships, which will be hosted in Roanoke, Virginia on March 9-10.  The junior started off his day with a 9-0 major decision against Ben Morton from Williams before delivering a 6-4 decision against second-seeded Michael Gonyea to reach the third-place bout.  With a spot to the national tournament on the line, Tolotti cruised past Chris DeRosa of New England College, 7-0, to advance to the NCAA Championships for the first time in his career. 

 At 141, Ryan Peters (Wells, Maine) went up against No. 2 seed Joseph Ferinde from Johnson & Wales in the semifinals, but got turned late in the second and was pinned in 3:52.  Peters responded in the consolation semifinals with an 8-2 victory against Austin Shorey from Southern Maine, only to be defeated by Joseph Rossetti from Williams, 11-5, as he took fourth in the region. 

Kearney Gutierrez (Freeport, N.Y.) knocked off Samuel Lindblom from Rhode Island College, 6-4, before being edged by Grant Sorensen from Trinity, 1-0, in the consolation semifinals.  The senior then concluded his collegiate career against Brendan Weir from Southern Maine manufactured a 7-1 decision to finish fifth in the region at 149 pounds.

Both Aarin Feliz (Lake Hawatha, N.J.) and Ryan Harty (Plymouth, Mass.) also competed on Sunday and each finished in eighth place in their respective weight classes.  Feliz dropped a 10-0 major decision to Brett Leonard of Roger Williams at 174 before Daniel Curran from Norwich posted an 8-4 win in the seventh-place match.  Harty fell Dylan Dwyer of NYU, 6-0, at 157 and then Jack Kelly from Roger Williams recorded an 8-0 major decision over Harty in the seventh-place bout. 

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