Mechanicsburg, Pa. - December 1, 2017 - The Springfield College wrestling team opened up the first day of the Petrfoes Invitational at Messiah College on Friday afternoon, and is in fifth place among the 15 teams in the competition.
Springfield has a pair of student-athletes who have reached the semifinals, as sophomores Ian Tolotti (Dumont, N.J.) and Joseph Fusco (Billerica, Mass.) remained undefeated for the Pride. As a team, the Pride totaled 61 points in the opening day and trail Messiah (121.5), Mount Union (109.5), Waynesburg (89), and Gettysburg (79).
Wrestling for the first time since winning the Doug Parker Invitational at 133 pounds, Tolotti was dominant to start the day as he produced consecutive wins by technical fall. In his first bout, the sophomore bested Nate McClaugherty from West Virginia Tech, 18-0, and then eased past Slade Stiles of Muskingum, 16-0. In his quarterfinal match, Tolotti posted a 5-2 victory versus Mount Union's Nolan Wochna to earn a spot in the semifinals.
Fusco needed to just win twice to advance to the semifinals at 285 as he notched a 9-2 win over Cody Jenkins from Muskingum and delivered a late pinfall in 6:27 to topple Muhleberg's Scott Schaeffer.
After falling by pinfall in his opening match of the day at 184, Connor Sheehan (Hazlet, N.J.) rebounded with three straight wins in the wrestle backs, pinning Nicholas Bruce from Penn College in 6:22 and Silas Dishong of Penn State Mt. Alto in 3:18, and grinding out a 13-6 victory versus Greensboro's Tyron Dudley.
The Pride's Bryce Finnegan (Northborough, Mass.) battled tough at 141, bouncing back from a 7-3 setback in his opener to produce a 10-0 major decision over Messiah's Ka 'au Estrella, a 17-2 technical fall against Brandon Jackson of Penn State Mt. Alto, a medical forfeit versus Gettysburg's Nolan Smith, and a 14-6 major decision over West Virginia Tech's Devin Wilhelm.
Aarin Feliz (Lake Hawatha, N.J.) pinned Nick Sulhoff of Alderson Broaddus in 6:55 to get his afternoon underway at 165 pounds, but was pinned in 6:31 in the quarterfinals. The junior rebounded with a 5-1 win over teammate Nick Almonte (Cranston, R.I.).
Logan Fox (Robbinsville, N.J.) opened up the 125-pound competition with a 19-0 technical fall win over Dylan Cook from Greensboro before producing a 10-5 decision of West Virginia Tech's Paul Gonzales, only to drop the next two outings. At 141, Derek Bohle (Allenstown, N.H.) delivered a 9-4 decision over Gettysburg's Sean Thompson in his first match of the day, and followed that up by pinning Sean McGing of Waynesburg in just 1:15. However, Bohle was edged in the quarterfinals, 10-6, and a medical forfeit ended his day in the next round. Ryan Harty (Plymouth, Mass.) rhad a similar fate, when he registered consecutive victories by decision at 174 for Springfield, besting Mount Union's Robert Valenti, 13-6, and edging Messiah's David Stevens, 4-3, only to drop his next two decisions on the afternoon.