Ithaca, N.Y. - November 1, 2019 - The Springfield College wrestling team opened up the 2019-20 season competing in the Ithaca Invitational on Friday afternoon.
Of the 14 teams in the competition, Springfield is currently in eighth place as 38 wrestlers hit the mats to combine for 30.5 points through the first day. Johnson & Wales leads the event with 57.5 points, followed by Baldwin Wallace (51), Ithaca (50), Castleton (46) and NYU (40.5).
Ian Tolotti (Dumont, N.J.), who was ranked eighth in the country at 133 pounds in the opening d3wrestle.com national rankings, needed just one win at 141 pounds on Friday to reach the quarterfinals as he eased past RIT's Nate Osborne, 16-3.
First-year twin brothers Gianni Manginelli (Dumont, N.J.) and Joey Manginelli (Dumont, N.J.) had strong start to their careers and each earned spots in Saturday's quarterfinals. At 125, Joey opened up his first-year campaign with a 21-2 technical fall over Gabriel Leo-Esparolini (Johnson & Wales) before edging Baldwin Wallace's Jack Stanley, 7-6, while at 133, Gianni pinned Ithaca's Alex Brutcher in 1:38 and knocked off third-seeded Nicholas Arborio from WNE, 6-3.
The Pride will have two others wrestlers square off in Saturday's 133 pound quarterfinals in Chase Parrot (Stamford, Conn.) and Chris Trelli (Bristol, Conn.). Parrot kicked off his collegiate career by knocking off second-seeding Chris DeRosa from New England College, 9-2, and putting Macon Edwards of Castleon on his back in 4:38, while Trelli, who was the seventh-seed in the bracket, delivered a pin against A.Lee Mumnin-Walker from WNE in just 2:40 and followed with a 11-5 decision over Oswego State's William Hardin II.
Wrestling at 174 pounds, Ryan Gray (Milford, Mass.) also registered two victories on Friday as he pinned AIC's Derek Turner in 5:43 and battled his way to a 5-1 decision versus NYU's Gabriel Rodrigues.
The second day of action begins on Saturday at 9:30 am.
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