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Wrestling Drops 20-12 Decision to WPI in Final Dual Meet of Season

Wrestling Drops 20-12 Decision to WPI in Final Dual Meet of Season

Springfield, Mass. - February 10, 2018 - The Springfield College wrestling team won four out of 10 bouts by decision, but the Pride dropped a 20-12 dual to nationally-ranked WPI on Saturday evening in the Field House. Coming into the match, WPI was ranked No. 21 in the NCAA Division III Rankings. 

Beginning the match at 285, Springfield College's Joseph Fusco (Billerica, Mass.) delivered a 5-2 win by decision over Austin Shrewsbury (Westfield, Mass.) to give the Pride an early 3-0 lead. Heading into the match, Fusco was New England's No. 4-ranked heavyweight, while Shrewsbury was No. 2 in the region. At 125, Joel Zambrano (Bellmore, N.Y.) fell to Ben Zogby (Franklin, Mass.) by major decision, 14-3, to give the Engineers a 4-3 advantage, before at 133, Tyler Fitzpatrick (Plaistow, N.H.) fell to Stephen Jendritz (Rockford, Mich.) by major decision, 8-0, making it 8-3, WPI.

Springfield College earned back-to-back decisions at 141 and 149 as Derek Bohle (Allenstown, N.H.) defeated Andrew Ellis (Arlington, Mass.), 3-2, before Ryan Peters (Wells, Maine) knocked off Jack Nigro (Closter, N.J.), 6-5, to give the Pride a 9-8 lead. Kearney Gutierrez (Freeport, N.Y.) and Aarin Feliz (Lake Hawatha, N.J.) would both drop decisions at 157 and 165, respectively, to give WPI a 14-9 lead, but at 174, Ryan Harty (Plymouth, Mass.) used a riding time point to defeat Mike Ilic (Parsippany, N.J.), 5-4, cutting the Pride's deficit to two. 

At 184, Dan Wensley (Wakefield, Mass.) used two late back points to win a 4-2 decision over Connor Bohringer (Jackson, N.J.), lifting WPI's lead to five, before at 197, Seve Burgos (Guilford, Conn.) dropped a 4-3 match to Michael Curtis (Wells, Maine), sealing the 20-12 victory for the Engineers.

Springfield College will next compete at the NEWA Futures on Sunday, February 18, before gearing up for the NCAA Division III Regional Championships, hosted February 24-25.


Springfield College vs. No. 21 WPI  
Weight Springfield College WPI Result SPR WPI
285 Joe Fusco Austin Shrewsbury Dec., 5-2 3 0
125 Joel Zambrano Ben Zogby Maj. Dec., 14-3 0 4
133 Tyler Fitzpatrick Stephen Jendritz Maj. Dec., 8-0 0 4
141 Derek Bohle Andrew Ellis Dec., 3-2 3 0
149 Ryan Peters Jack Nigro Dec., 6-5 3 0
157 Kearney Gutierrez Tyler Marsh Dec., 2-0 0 3
165 Aarin Feliz Brendan Marion Dec., 3-2 0 3
174 Ryan Harty Mike Ilic Dec., 5-4 3 0
184 Connor Bohringer Dan Wensley Dec., 4-2 0 3
197 Seve Burgos Michael Curtis Dec., 4-3 0 3
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