Castleton, Vt. - February 3, 2018 - The Springfield College wrestling team competed in a quad meet with Castleton, Johnson & Wales, and Plymouth State on Saturday on the campus of Castleton University. The Pride began the day with a comeback effort that resulted in a 28-15 win over Castleton, before dropping a 38-3 decision to JWU. Springfield then ended the day on a highnote with a 38-6 victory over Plymouth State.
In their first match of the day against Castleton, the Pride faced an early 12-0 deficit as it dropped overtime decisions at 125 and 133 before the Spartans delivered a pin at 141. Ryan Peters (Wells, Maine) started a run of five-straight victories for Springfield as he produced a win by pinfall at 149 in 4:34 to score the visitors first points. Kearney Gutierrez (Freeport, N.Y.) added a 9-4 at 157 and a 22-7 technical fall from Aarin Feliz (Lake Hawatha, N.J.) gave Springfield its first lead of the afternoon at 14-12. Ryan Harty (Plymouth, Mass.) kept things rolling for the Pride with an 18-2 technical fall of his own at 174 and Connor Bohringer (Jackson, N.J.) capped off Springfield's run with an 8-3 at at 184. After the Pride was bested by a decision at 197, Joseph Fusco (Billerica, Mass.) put the punctuation mark on the comeback with a pin in 4:08 at the 285 pound weight class.
Going up against Johnson & Wales, who was ranked fourth in the nation in the latest National Wrestling Coaches Association Division III Poll, Springfield was defeated by a 38-3 margin. The Pride's lone win came in the final bout as Fusco produced a 3-2 victory at 285.
In their third and final dual of the day, Springfield cruised past Plymouth State by a margin of 38-6. The Pride won the first four bouts of the day, with a third-period pin by Logan Fox (Robbinsville, N.J.) getting things started at 125. After a forfeit at 133, Derek Bohle (Allenstown, N.H.) picked up a 17-0 technical fall at 141 and Michael Vietri (Dumont, N.J.) grinded out a 13-11 decision at 149 to give the Pride a 20-0 advantage. The Panthers earned a decision at 157, but a major decision by Feliz at 165 and an 18-0 technical fall by Harty at 174 pushed the cushion to 28-3. Plymouth State used an overtime decision at 184 for their second win of the day, only to have Bohringer win by a 8-2 score at 197 and Fusco register his third win of the day, and second pin, in 4:14 to complete the 38-6 win.
Springfield's final dual of the season will come February 10 when it hosts the Engineers at 7 pm.