Mechanicsville, Pa. - December 3, 2016 - Led by a pair of second-place performances by Geovanni Medina (New Britain, Conn.) and Seve Burgos (Guilford, Conn.), the Springfield College wrestling team finished fifth at the Petrofes Invitational hosted at Messiah College this weekend.
Host Messiah won the 14-team competition, totaling 209 points, followed by Gettysburg (131.5), Mount Union (130) and Wilkes (13), while Springfield rounded out the top five with 108.5 points.
Medina opened up his Saturday in thrilling fashion, delivering a takedown in the final seconds to best Mount Union's Nick Miller by a 5-3 decision. Going up the defending national champion, Messiah's Ben Swarr, the senior was edged by a 3-2 margin to finish as the runner-up at the 174 pound weight class.
At 184, Burgos also needed some late heroics to reach the championship bout, using a late takedown en route to a 4-3 decision over Messiah's Victor DeFrance. Battling Derek Beitz from Messiah in the title match, Burgos was defeated after being pinned en route to taking second place for the Pride.
Ian Tolotti (Dumont, N.J.) took third at 133 as he continued his impressive first season. After dropping an 8-5 decision in the semifinals to start the day to Hunter Harris from Messiah, Tolotti bested teammate Andrew Nirchio (Oradell, N.J.), 5-3, before pinning Gettysburg's Louie Carusillo in just 45 seconds in the third-place match. Nirchio later battled to a 5-3 win against Zachary Rainess from Greensboro to finish in fifth place.
After earning three wins by pinfall on Friday to reach the semifinals, Joseph Fusco (Billerica, Mass.) dropped his first two bouts on Saturday before pinning Casey Hogg from West Virginia Tech in 1:47 to finish in 5th place.
Additionally for Springfield, Aarin Feliz (Lake Hawatha, N.J.) finished sixth at 165, Ryan Errico (Winchester, Mass.) placed seventh at 174, and Justin McLee (Salisbury Hills, N.Y.) took eighth at 197.