American International, Bridgewater State, Coast Guard, Centenary, Gettysburg, Kings Point, MIT, Norwich, Rhode Island College, Roger Williams, Springfield, Stevens Tech, Trinity, Washington & Jefferson, Wesleyan, Western New England, and Williams will all compete in the event.
The Pride won the meet last season with a final team score of 185.50, outdistancing the second-place Roger Williams Hawks, who recorded a score of 126.50. Last season, the Pride picked up wins by Jamie Sgaglione (133), Mike Gaeta (141), Mark DeCiccio (157), Jake Tyler (165), and Elliot Smith (184).
Springfield enters the 2007-08 campaign as the ninth-ranked team in the New England Wrestling Association All-New England Poll and the sixth-ranked team in the New England Division III Poll.
Returning for the Pride after a trip to the NCAA Championships last season is Elliot Smith. Smith was seeded fifth in the championships last season. The Pride will hit the mats without a familiar face as four-time All-American Mike Gaeta graduated last spring.