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No. 13 Wrestling Wins NECCWA Dual Championship

BRIDGEWATER, Mass., January 25, 2004 – Springfield College seniors Mike McWilliams (Newton, N.J.) and Tom Medonis (Wethersfield, Conn.) each won four matches to lead the No. 13 Pride to four straight wins and the New England College Conference Wrestling Association Dual Championship crown, Sunday at Bridgewater State College.

Springfield avenged a loss at No. 12 Norwich earlier in the week on Wednesday (Jan. 21), defeating the tournament's top seed, 21-14, in the championship match. The Cadets opened up a 10-6 lead after the first five bouts, before three straight wins by junior Tim O'Donnell (Hudson, N.H.) at 165, junior Brian Viglione (Chelmsford, Mass.) at 174, and McWilliams at 184, put the Pride ahead, 17-14, going into the final bout. Medonis, the No. 8-ranked 197-pounder in the nation, registered a major decision at 285 to notch his 30th win of the season and give SC the victory.

The Pride (13-4) started the tournament with a 45-0 shutout of Western New England, before defeating Wesleyan (25-15) and Rhode Island College (26-15) to reach the championship match with Norwich.

Sophomore Pete Marques (Massapequa, N.Y.) recorded a 4-0 mark on the day, including three victories in the 133-pound weight class, to improve to 21-12 this season. McWilliams stands at 21-11, while O'Donnell is 18-7, and Viglione is 32-5.

First Round - Springfield 45, Western New England 0
Second Round - Springfield 25, Wesleyan 15
Semifinals - Springfield 26, Rhode Island College 15
Championship - Springfield 21, Norwich 15
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Head Coach Jason Holder Jason Holder will enter his third season as head wrestling coach in 2013. Holder had a standout first season at the helm of the Pride, leading Springfield to the NEWA Duals Championship and taking three wrestlers to the NCAA Championships. Read more.

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