Ithaca, N.Y. - November 2, 2019 - In their first tournament of the season, the Springfield College wrestling team finished sixth at the 2019 Ithaca Invitational, which concluded on Saturday afternoon.
Johnson & Wales won the two-day event with 147 points, followed by Baldwin Wallace (131.5), Ithaca (123.5), NYU (115), and Castleton (105.5) to round out the top five. Springfield concluded the weekend with 75 points en route to sixth place.
In his first collegiate tournament, Joey Manginelli (Dumont, N.J.) was especially impressive as he finished up as the runner up at 125 pounds. The first-year started off his Saturday by knocking off the top-seeded wrestler in the weight class, Diego Santiago from New England College, 2-1 by a tiebreaker to reach the semifinals. In the semis, Manginelli pinned Christopher Caban from JWU in 3:44 before falling into the title bout to Ithaca's Logan Ninos by a 9-5 decision.
Michael Vietri (Dumont, N.J.) earned seven wins on the weekend as he finished fourth at 149 pounds. After losing in his second match of the day on Friday, the junior strung together five-straight wins in the consolation brackets, including an impressive 3-1 decision over Castleton's Max Tempel, who was ranked 10th in the country in the preseason rankings.
At 133 pounds, Chris Trelli (Bristol, Conn.) led a number of Springfield wrestlers in the weight class as he finished in fifth place. The sophomore bested teammate Chase Parrot (Stamford, Conn.) by a 6-1 decision in the quarters, but then suffered a major decision setback in the semifinals. After Trelli was pinned in the consolation semifinals, he benefitted from a medical forfeit against teammates Gianni Manginelli (Dumont, N.J.) in the fifth-place match. Gianni concluded his college tournament with a sixth-place showing as he rebounded from a quarterfinal loss with a 10-7 decision over Jacques St. Jean (Goffstown, N.H.) and a 4-3 decision over Parrott to reach the consolation semifinals, which he lost to Travis Jones from Ithaca, 12-8.
Next Saturday, Springfield will travel to Pennsylvania for the Ned McKinley Invitational.
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