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Springfield Wrestlers Appear in Every Weight Class in Latest NEWA Rankings

Victor Ekpenyong Bristol, R.I. -- January 10, 2012 -- Springfield wrestlers make an appearance in every weight class in the latest New England Wrestling Association Division III rankings. The Pride is one of only two New England schools that can make that claim. Springfield remains a close second in the team poll.

Johnson & Wales still ranks first with 135 points and nine first-place votes in team competition in the NEWA poll. Springfield is second with 131 points and the remaining five first-place votes.

The remainder of the top 10 includes Rhode Island College with 110 points, Wesleyan with 98 points, Roger Williams (83), Southern Maine (56), Trinity (50), Williams (36), Coast Guard (25), and Bridgewater State (17). WPI is the only other team to be receiving votes.

In the individual voting, among the 14 NEWA schools, only Springfield and Wesleyan include a representative in each of the 10 weight classes. Each weight class lists at least eight representatives.

For the Pride, three student-athletes rank first. They include junior Joe Grippi (Bedford Hills, N.Y.) at 133 pounds, senior Ryan McGilvray (Manalapan, N.J.) at 157, and junior Derrick Longo (Ardsley, N.Y.) at 165. Two more are ranked third. They are junior Michael Fish (Middletown, N.J.) at 174, and junior Nicholas Camera (No. Massapequa, N.Y.) at 184. Grippi, McGilvray and Fish each placed first in SC's most recent competition, the Williams Invitational this past Saturday.

SC freshman Eric Hamrick (Collingswood, N.J.) is ranked fifth at 149 pounds. Sophomore Victor Ekpenyong (Middletown, Conn.) at 125 and senior John Gabordi (Ledyard, Conn.) at heavyweight are each ranked sixth. And freshman Derek Adams (Charlestown, R.I.) at 133 and senior Jeff Brodeur (Lanesboro, Mass.) at 197 are each ranked eighth.

Nationally, Grippi has moved up a spot to #7 in the latest d3wrestling.com poll. And four other SC wrestlers are now among others making an appearance in that same poll. Longo, Fish, and Gabordi fall into a secondary category (a group of the next eight), and McGilvray is now in the honorable mention category.

As far as the team is concerned, Springfield is still ranked 23rd nationally.

Next up for Springfield is the Budd Whitehill Invitational at Lycoming College this Friday and Saturday, Jan. 13-14.

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