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Wrestling Wins Doug Parker Invitational Behind Titles From Fusco and Peters

Springfield, Mass. - November 17, 2018 - The Springfield College wrestling team captured the Doug Parker Invitational on Saturday afternoon in the Springfield College Field House behind a pair of individual titles from Ryan Peters (Wells, Maine) and Joseph Fusco (Billerica, Mass.).

Winning the Parker Invitational for the fourth time in the last six years, Springfield totaled 111.5 points to claim the team championship among the 17 teams in the field.  Centenary was the runner-up with 102.5 points, followed by Southern Maine (97.5), Coast Guard (94.5), and East Stroudsburg (88.5).  Wesleyan's Roy Forys was named the Most Outstanding Wrestler of the Invitational. 

Fusco continued his dominant stretch at 285, winning his second invitational of the season after previously claiming the Ithaca Invitational to open the year.  After beginning the invitational with a pin in 1:09 versus Wesleyan's Chris Nizielski, Fusco had a major decision versus Konstantinos Protogeropoulos from Centenary.  In the semifinals, Fusco powered past Ryan Higgins from Bridgewater, 6-1, and then sealed the title with a pin in just 35 seconds against Coast Guard's Patrick Irwin. 

Peters put together a great afternoon at 141 for the Pride as he strung together five victories to win the title.  He opened the day pinning WNE's Omar Velez in 4:23 and then delivered a 16-4 major decision against Andrew Aldina from Bridgewater State.  He followed that with a 6-3 victory over Joseph Rossetti from Williams, and then bested top-seeded Dylan Nace from East Stroudsburg, 13-9, in the semifinals. In the finals, Peters prevailed over second-seeded Austin Shorey from Southern Maine, 6-4, to win the title. 

At 125, Nicholas DeRosa (Billerica, Mass.) was third, while Chris Trelli (Bristol, Conn.) finished fourth. DeRosa started his day off with a 16-1 technical fall over Lucas Purpora from Bridgewater and a pin in just 17 seconds over Plymouth's Will Jarvis.  After edging Wesleyan's Zack Murillo, 2-1, DeRosa fell in the semifinals to NEC's Diego Santiago, 5-3, but bounced back with a 3-2 win over Trelli in the third-place bout.  Trelli began his morning with a pin in 6:15 against Bridgewater's Wilson Gomes and then pinned Marquise Johnson from NEC in 2:47.  The first-year then edged Nick Arborio from WNE, 5-4, but fell to top-seeded Peter Del Gallo, 6-0, in the semifinals before being clipped by DeRosa to conclude his day.

Ian Tolotti (Dumont, N.J.) placed third at 133 and started off his competition with a pair of pins, downing Andrew Hennessey from Wesleyan in 2:21 and Ryan Pro from NEC in 6:01.  Tolotti then bested East Stroudsburg's Gerhardt Reiter, 4-2, but was downed by Dylan Jones from Wesleyan in the semifinals, 5-2.  He was able to bounce back and conclude his day with a win by forfeit over Jason Jacobi from East Stroudsburg to finish in third. Teammate Jacques St. Jean (Goffstown, N.H.), who registered the most pins in the Invitational on Saturday, took fifth in the 133 weight class after delivering four pins. 

Also having strong afternoons for Springfield was Aarin Feliz (Lake Hawatha, N.J.), who took took sixth at 174, Nick Monteleone (Hackensack, N.J.) who finished sixth at 149, and Ryan Harty (Plymouth, Mass.) who placed sixth at 165.

Next up for the Pride will be the Petrofes Invitational hosted by Messiah in two weeks.