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Wrestling Ranked #11 Nationally; Grippi, Longo Ranked as Individuals

Derrick Longo Springfield, Mass. -- February 15, 2012 -- Springfield College is ranked 11th and SC's Joe Grippi and Derrick Longo are currently ranked in the Top 10 of their individual weight classes in the National Wrestling Coaches Association Division III Brute-adidas Coaches Poll.

The Pride as a team is also ranked #2 in the Final New England Wrestling Association Coaches Poll, while SC also has one wrestler included individually in each of the 10 weight classes.

Springfield, which finished 14-3 in dual meets this season, will be shooting to win its second consecutive NEWA Championship on Saturday-Sunday, Feb. 25-26 at Wesleyan University. SC already won the NEWA Dual Team Championship held at the Springfield College Field House on January 22.

From a national perspective, Springfield dropped one spot to #11 in the poll released February 7. Individually, Grippi, a junior from Bedford Hills, N.Y., is ranked #8 in the 133-pound weight classification. Longo, a junior from Ardsley, N.Y., is ranked #9 in the 165-pound weight class.

Regionally, in the final poll released yesterday, Johnson & Wales finished first with its 17-4 dual-meet record and its 134 points. JWU totalled eight first-place votes. Springfield, which split with JWU in head-to-head competition this year, finished 14-3, and was right behind with 130 points, and six first-place votes.

The remainder of the New England top 10 included Wesleyan (11-6) with 114 points, Roger Williams (12-5) (96), Rhode Island College (15-13) (82), Southern Maine (15-7) (74), Bridgewater State (8-14) (56), Plymouth State (6-13) (28), Western New England (3-8) (19), and the U.S. Coast Guard Academy (5-16) (14). Also receiving votes were Trinity, Williams, and WPI.

Also regionally, SC has four who are ranked #1 as individuals in the NEWA Division III poll. They are Grippi at 133, senior Ryan McGilvray (Manalapan, N.J.) at 157, Longo at 165, and junior Mike Fish (Middletown, N.J.) at 174.

Freshman Eric Hamrick (Collingswood, N.J.) is ranked #2 in New England at 149. Three more are ranked #3. They are junior Nicholas Camera (North Massapequa, N.Y.) at 184, junior Jeremy Burns (Hoosick Falls, N.Y.) at 197, and senior John Gabordi (Ledyard, Conn.) at heavyweight.

Finally, at 125 pounds, sophomore Victor Ekpenyong (Middletown, Conn.) is ranked #5 in his weight class, and sophomore Corey Kozimor (Vienna, N.J.), at 141 pounds, is ranked #8 in his weight class.

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