Springfield, Mass. - January 18, 2017 - The Springfield College wrestling program defeated Norwich University, 34-12, in a Wednesday night match among regional rivals in the Springfield College Field House. The Pride, which is fresh off becoming the only Division III wrestling program in the nation to have 1000 dual meet victories in the programs existence, picked up its fourth dual meet win of the season.
Kicking off the match at 165, Nicholas Almonte (Cranston, R.I.) fell to Donte Jones (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) by decision, 9-4, but the Cadets forfeited at 174 to give the Pride a 6-3 advantage after two bouts. At 184, David Rogers (Marlborough, Mass.) bested Seve Burgos (Guilford, Conn.) by decision to make the score even at six, before Hunter Ayen (Gouverneur, N.Y.) won by major decision over Joseph Hennessey (Boonville, N.Y.) to give Springfield College a 10-6 match lead.
Freshman standout Joseph Fusco (Billerica, Mass.) pinned Steve Briganti (Trumbull, Conn.) at 285 to push the Pride's lead to ten, before Joel Zambrano (Bellmore, N.Y.) picked up a win by decision over Cole Nickerson (Nashua, N.H.), 13-7, to make it 19-6, Springfield College.
At 133, Ian Tolotti (Dumont, N.J.) delivered a pin over Jacob Forsman (Voorhees, N.J.) in 2:45 to make it 25-6, Pride, but Derek Bohle (Allenstown, N.H.) suffered a loss by pinfall at 141 to Jonathan Graziane (Beekmantown, N.Y.) to make it 25-12.
Junior Kearney Gutierrez (Freeport, N.Y.) picked up a 2-1 overtime victory over Sean Randles (Las Vegas, Nev.) to make it 28-12, before senior Zach Joseph (Clifton Park, N.Y.) sealed the match with a win by pinfall over Benjamin Swanson (Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md.) in 2:19.
Up next, Springfield College will travel to Johnson and Wales on Sunday, January 22 for the NEWA Duals beginning at 9:30 a.m.
165 - Donte Jones (Norwich) def. Nicholas Almonte (Springfield) - Dec, 9-4
174 - Ryan Errico (Springfield) wins by forfeit
184 - David Rogers (Norwich) def. Seve Burgos (Springfield) - Dec, 11-9
197 - Hunter Ayen (Springfield) def. Joseph Hennessey (Norwich) - Maj. Dec, 11-1
285 - Joseph Fusco (Springfield) def. Steve Briganti (Norwich) - Fall 1:48
125 - Joel Zambrano (Springfield) def. Cole Nickerson - Dec, 13-7
133 - Ian Tolotti (Springfield) def. Jacob Forsman (Norwich) - Fall 2:45
141 - Jonathan Graziane (Norwich) def. Derek Bohle (Springfield) - Fall 5:37
149 - Kearney Gutierrez (Springfield) vs. Sean Randles (Norwich) - SV-2 2-1
157 - Zach Joseph (Springfield) def. Benajamin Swanson (Norwich) - Fall 2:19