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No. 20 Wrestling Falls To No. 7 TCNJ, 25-13

SPRINGFIELD, Mass., January 29, 2006 – Springfield College junior quad-captain Michael Gaeta (Manalapan, N.J./Manalapan) scored a major decision in his 141-pound match (13-5), but it wasn’t enough to lift the 20th-ranked Pride as it fell to the seventh-ranked College of New Jersey Sunday afternoon, 25-13, at Springfield College’s Blake Arena.

With the loss, Springfield falls to 8-8, and the victory lifts The College of New Jersey to 8-1 on the season.

Springfield never led in the meet. In the 121-pound match, Lion senior Brian Dempsey pinned Pride freshman Matt Fortunato (Farmingdale, N.J./Farmingdale) in 1:26 giving the Lions an early 6-0 advantage they wouldn’t look back on. In the 149-pound match, Pride junior Mark DeCiccio (Cranston, R.I./Bishop Hendricken) scored a thrilling three-point decision (6-5) over Lion freshman John Biango in the waning minutes of the third period.

The Pride also received victories in the 197-pound match, as senior quad-captain Jason Leckey (Guilford, Conn./Guilford) won a 6-4 bout over TCNJ sophomore Brett Jankos, and in the 184-pound match when SC sophomore Elliot Smith (Richville, N.J./Gouverneur) downed freshman Greg Osgoodby, 6-2.

The Pride wrestled the Lions very close throughout the meet, but fell behind early and couldn’t gain enough momentum to regain the lead. Smith’s and Leckey’s late victories offered a formidable ending, getting the Pride within six points going into the heavyweight match, but in the end, SC couldn’t pull it out. The Pride will next host Plymouth State, Trinity, and Johnson & Wales in a quad-meet on Saturday afternoon, February 4, in a 12:00 p.m. start at Blake Arena.


125 lbs. – Brian Dempsey (NJ) pinned Matt Fortunato (S), 1:26 - 0- 6
133 lbs. – Ray Sarinelli (NJ) dec. Peter Marques (S), 6-4 - 0- 9
141 lbs. – Mike Gaeta (S) def. William Tenpenny (NJ), 13-5 - 4- 9
149 lbs. – Mark DeCiccio (S) dec. John Biango (NJ), 6-5 - 7- 9
157 lbs. – Richard Galante (NJ) dec. Luke Gabordi (S), 16-7 - 7- 13
165 lbs. – Leonard Goduto (NJ) dec. Bill Koch (S), 10-4 - 7- 16
174 lbs. – Jeff Harrington (NJ) dec. Greg Dussol (S), 3-2 - 7- 19
184 lbs. – Elliot Smith (S) dec. Greg Osgoodby (NJ), 6-2 - 10-19
197 lbs. – Jason Leckey (S) dec. Brett Jankos (NJ), 6-4 - 13-19
Hwt. -- Keith Bjorhus (NJ) pinned Alex Klinoff (S) - 13-25

Records: Springfield -- 8-8,
The College of New Jersey -- 8-1
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