Ithaca, N.Y. - November 5, 2016 - The Springfield College wrestling team finished fifth at the Ithaca Invitational in its season-opening competition which concluded on Saturday. Among the 11 teams in the event, the Pride totaled 86.5 points to place behind Ithaca (173.5), Johnson & Wales (161.5), Stevens (152), and Oswego (94).
Ian Tolotti (Dumont, N.J.) had Springfield's best showing as he finished as the runner-up at 133 pounds in his first collegiate tournament. The first-year picked up an 11-2 major decision over Dominick Salvatore from Johnson & Wales in the quarterfinals before posting another 11-2 major decision over Isaih Ocasio from RIT. In the championship, Tolotti was bested by an 11-3 major decision by Troy Stanich.
At 165, Aarin Feliz (Lake Hawatha, N.J.) finished third after he won three of his four bouts on Saturday. After pinning Norwich's Pat McCurdy in 4:53 in the quarterfinals, Feliz was defefeated by technical fall in the semifinals by Ithaca's Nick Velez. The sophomore wrestled back with a 6-5 decision over Nick Hansen from Ithaca and a 5-3 win against Johnson & Wales Adrian Gonzalez en route to third-place points.
The Pride had two wrestlers finish in the top five at 174, with Geovanni Medina (New Britain, Conn.) taking third and Elias Kokalis (Great Neck, N.Y.) placing fifth. Medina advanced to the semifinals with a 5-1 decision over Ithaca's Nick Vogel before dropping a major decision to Stephen Jarrell from JWU. In the wrestlebacks, Medina bested Kokalis by major decision and defeated Vogel for the second time on the day, this time by a 9-3 decision to take third. Kokalis showed plenty of resolve after losing his quarterfinal bout to win three of his final four outings to take fifth.
In his first collegiate action, Joseph Fusco (Billerica, Mass.) also took fifth as he went 3-2 on Saturday, including an 11-2 major decision versus Jonah Aurelio from Johnson & Wales in the fifth-place match. Ryan Ward (Sussex, N.J.) also picked up a pair of wins at 165 to finish fifth.
Springfield will now prepare to host the Doug Parker Invitational, which will take place on November 19 in the Springfield College Field House.