Providence, R.I. - January 21, 2018 - The Springfield College wrestling team finished eighth at the New England Duals Championship hosted by Johnson & Wales University on Sunday afternoon at the Providence Career & Technical Academy. The Pride opened up the day with a 39-6 win over Bridgewater State before being edged by Roger Williams, 21-16, Castleton, 20-19, and Wesleyan, 22-18.
For his efforts at 133 pounds for Springfield, Nicholas DeRosa (Billerica, Mass.) was named to the All-Tournament Team.
It was a great start to the day for the Pride as it won nine of the 10 bouts to breeze past Bridgewater State. After winning by forfeit at 125, DeRosa earned an 8-1 decision at 133 before Derek Bohle (Allenstown, N.H.) produced a pin in 3:44 at 141 and Ryan Peters (Wells, Maine) registered a 14-1 major decision at 149. Springfield forfeited at 157, but would benefit from consecutive major decisions at 165 and 174 by Aarin Feliz (Lake Hawatha, N.J.) and Ryan Harty (Plymouth, Mass.). Connor Bohringer (Jackson, N.J.) added a decision at 184, Ryan Gray (Milford, Mass.) pinned his opponent in just 1:24 at 197, and Joseph Fusco (Billerica, Mass.) grinded out a 4-1 win at 285 to wrap up the 33-point win.
Against the 17th-ranked Roger Williams Hawks, Springfield rebounded from dropping six points by fall at 125 with a tough 6-1 decision at 133 by Ian Tolotti (Dumont, N.J.) and a 10-0 major decision at 141 by Bohle to put the Pride on top. However, the Hawks rattled off four-straight victories to take a commanding 18-7 lead. Bohringer battled to an 8-6 overtime win, but a decision at 197 sealed the dual for RWU, as they forfeited 285 to complete the 21-16 score.
Springfield jumped out to a 9-0 advantage versus Castleton as Joel Zambrano (Bellmore, N.Y.) delivered a pinfall in 6:38 at 125 and DeRosa picked up a 3-1 decision at 133. A technical fall by the Spartans at 141 made it a 9-5 contest, only to have the Pride use a major decision by Peters at 149, a decision from Kearney Gutierrez (Freeport, N.Y.) at 157, and an overtime win by Feliz at 165 to own a comfortable 19-5 advantage with four bouts to go. The Spartans got back into the dual with three-straight decisions, and needing a pin at 285 to complete the comeback, delivered a fall in 3:54 for the 20-19 victory.
Going up against Wesleyan, the teams went back-and-forth through the first eight bouts, with Springfield getting points from a 1-0 decision by DeRosa at 133, a pin from Peters in 5:23 at 149, a pin from Feliz in just 28 seconds at 165, and a 4-3 decision from George Tarwo (Concord, N.H.) en route to owning an 18-14 lead. However, the Cardinals would prevail by a 22-18 margin thanks to a pin at 197 and decision at 285.
Springfield will next compete on Friday night when it hosts TCNJ under a mat light in Blake Arena at 6 pm.