Springfield, Mass. - November 19, 2016 - The Springfield College wrestling team captured the Doug Parker Invitational on Saturday afternoon in the Springfield College Field House thanks to three individual champions.
The Pride, which won the Invitational for the second time in the last four years, bested the 16-team field with 195.5 points, followed by Coast Guard (159.5), Centenary (128.5), Southern Maine (106.5), and Wesleyan (94).
For the second-straight year, Zach Joseph (Clifton Park, N.Y.) was chosen as the Most Outstanding Wrestler, marking just the sixth time in the 26 years of the Invitational that a Springfield College wrestler has earned the accolade.
In his first action of the season, Joseph was sensational en route to claiming the title at 157. The senior opened the day with two tech falls and a pair of major decisions to earn a spot in the title bout. Going up against Coast Guard's Christopher Sullivan, Joseph delivered an 11-5 win by decision to win a weight class at the Doug Parker Invitational for the second-straight year and claiming the 149 pound title last season.
Andrew Mastrangelo (Coplay, Pa.) won the 133 pound weight class in just his second-ever collegiate wrestling tournament. After two wins by decisions to begin his day, the first-year posted an 8-0 major decision against Francesco Palagruto from East Stroudsburg in the quarterfinals. In the semis, Mastrangelo pinned teammate Andrew Nirchio (Oradell, N.J.) in 3:35 before grinding out a 3-1 win over Tim McLinden from Western New England in the finals.
Wrestling at 174, Geovanni Medina (New Britain, Conn.) was crowned the champion following a standout day for the Pride. After posting a pin in 3:59 against Carl Sangree of Williams to start the day, Medina tallied consecutive wins by decisions to reach the semis. The senior then earned the title after a hard-fought 5-3 sudden victory over Dan Fiorvanti from Coast Guard and 9-4 decision against Max Odell from Williams.
Jacob Strohman (East Longeadow, Mass.) had a solid day for the Pride and finished as the runner-up at the 149 pound weight class. The senior registered consecutive wins by major decisions to start his day before posting two victories by decision to advance to the championship. Going up against national qualifer Dan Del Gallo from Southern Maine, Strohman dropped a 12-2 major decision en route to second-place.
Joseph Fusco (Billerica, Mass.) also finished second on the day in his first Doug Parker Invitational. After opening the day with a win by pinfall in 4:01 against East Stroudsburg's Daniel Makagon, the first-year posted consecutive victories by decisions to reach the finals. In the championship, STCC's Donavan Lozada won by pinfall in 39 seconds as Fusco finished second.
Springfield had two other strong finishes at 133 pound weight class, with Ian Tolotti (Dumont, N.J.) taking third place and Nirchio placing fourth. At 141, Patrick Ferzoco (Stoughton, Mass.) finished fourth, Aarin Feliz (Lake Hawatha, N.J.) placed fifth at 165, as did Connor Sheehan (Hazlet, N.J.) at 174, and Seve Burgos (Guilford, Conn.) took sixth at 174.