Wilkes-Barre, Pa. - November 9, 2019 - Behind a pair of titles from the Manginelli brothers, the Springfield College wrestling team finished third at the Ned McGinley Inviational on Saturday at King's College.
In the 12-team event, Springfield produced 104 points to finish in the the top three behind Roger Williams (150) and York (115.5). Springfield was one of just two schools in the competition to have multiple individual champions, as Joey Manginelli (Dumont, N.J.) captured the win at 125 and twin brother Gianni Manginelli (Dumont, N.J.) was victorious at 133.
At 125, Joey was the top seed as breezed through the competition as he notched a 20-2 technical fall over Roger Williams' Ben Dubois, posted an 11-3 major decision versus Alex Giron from York, a 9-1 major decision against John Deconno from Oneonta, and then a 17-5 major decision over Gus Petruske IV from King's in the championship.
Gianni opened up his day by pinning Logan Fox from York in 1:43 and then delivered a 15-4 major decision over Sean Wleck from Roger Williams. He then put top-seeded Andrew Desousa from Oneonta on his back in just 1:51 before he bested teammate Chase Parrot (Stamford, Conn.) in the finals of the 133 pound weight class by an 8-2 decision. Parrot had a strong day in his runner-up performance and started his competition with a 14-2 major decision against Kaleb Carreon from Oneonta and grinded out a 5-0 decision over Andy Lombard from Roger Williams. Parrott then delivered another major decision, 10-0, on Mikey Smith from Oneonta and in the semifinals, pinned teammate Jacques St. Jean (Goffstown, N.H.) in 3:39.
St. Jean took third at 133 as he went 4-1 on the day and registered a 15-4 major decision in the third-place match versus Dakota Quick from King's.
The Pride had three other wrestlers take fourth, including Robert Hartling (Storrs, Conn.) at 125, Michael Vietri (Dumont, N.J.) at 149, and Sam Ware (Oakham, Mass.) at 184, while Ryan Errico (Winchester, Mass.) took fifth at 184.
Next Sunday, the Pride will compete in the City of Springfield Championships, which will be hosted at American International College.
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