No. 8 Wrestling Finishes 31st At Division III Championships
- Springfield College sophomore All-American Mike Gaeta ( Manalapan N.J.)
placed seventh in the 141-pound class leading the Pride to a 31st-place finish at the NCAA Division III Championships at Northfield, Minnesota on Saturday.
Gaeta opened the tournament with a 11-5 loss to Wartburg’s Dustin Hinschberger, the number-one seed in the weight class, but won three consolation matches including a pin of Montclair’s Dennis McSweeney. Gaeta finished the season with an overall record of 41-8.
The Pride also received strong performances from senior captain Brian Viglione (Chelmsford, Mass.)
and sophomore Mark DeCiccio (Cranston, R.I.).
In the 174-pound class, Viglione started off with an upset of second-seeded Mark Sturm of Wartburg 5-2, but lost his next two matches to end the season with an overall record of 29-13. DeCiccio advanced past the first round by defeating Oneonta's Rory Tibias, 6-1, but endured two-straight losses, including to number-one seeded Clint Manny of Simpson, in the 149-pound class.
Augsburg College won the team championship with a score of 162.0, outdistancing second-place Wartburg (104.5). The Pride scored 9.5 points finishing 31st out of 60 teams at the meet.
Head Coach Jason Holder
Jason Holder will enter his second season as head wrestling coach in 2012. 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.
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