Mechanicville, Pa. - December 2, 2016 - The Springfield College wrestling team opened up the first day of competition at the Petrofes Invitational hosted by Messiah College on Friday.
Of the 14 teams in the competition, Springfield College sits in fifth place with 79.5 points after the opening day of wrestling. Messiah leads the field with 122 points, followed by Wilkes (89.5), Gettysburg (82.5), Mount Union (80.5), and Springfield.
Joseph Fusco (Billerica, Mass.) was terrific at 285 and advanced to the semis after delivering three victories by pinfall. The first-year opened up the day with a 58-second pin over Dominic States of McDaniel, before needing just 53 seconds to pin Greensboro's Carlos Ortega. In the quarterfinals, Fucso bested Casey Hogg of West Virginia Tech in 2:30 to move onto Saturday's semifinals.
At 184, Seve Burgos (Guilford, Conn.) also advanced to the semifinals after earning two wins by pinning his opponent. In his first match, Burgos topped Richard Ramage from Mount Union in 4:33, before earning a victory by pinfall over Lorenzo Gisonda of Muhlenberg in 6:56.
Geovanni Medina (New Britain, Conn.) continued to impress at 174 and registered three wins on Friday to advance to the semifinals. Medina grinded out a 6-2 decision against Tyler Hershey of Messiah to kick off the weekend before recording an 18-2 technical fall against Tyler Green from Wilkes. In the quarterfinals, Medina pinned West Virginia Tech's Colton Rowe in 6:45 to move on to Saturday.
Ian Tolotti (Dumont, N.J.) needed to win just twice at 133 to earn a spot in Saturday's semifinals. The first-year notched a technical fall against Chris Rosario from Bergen CC, 16-1, in his opening match before delivering an 11-2 major decision versus Edwin Fiscal of Wilkes.
Springfield has several other wrestlers who are still battling in the wrestlebacks, including Aarin Feliz (Lake Hawatha, N.J.) at 165, Andrew Nirchio (Oradell, N.J.) at 133, Ryan Errico (Winchester, Mass.) at 174, and Justin McLee (Salisbury Hills, N.Y.) at 197.