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Fusco Earns NEWA Wrestler of the Week Honors as Wrestling Regains the No. 1 Spot In NEWA Poll

Ron Fusco Bristol, R.I. -- February 1, 2011 -- Senior Ron Fusco was named the New England Wrestling Association (NEWA) Wrestler of the Week after a strong week of performances at the 285 pound weight classification. In addition, the Pride regained the number one spot in the latest NEWA weekly poll as it jumped two places, and picked up 11 of the 12 first-place votes.

Springfield College did extremely well in a quadrangular meet which it hosted this past Saturday (Jan. 29), defeating then #1-ranked Wesleyan University (19-15), then #5-ranked Rhode Island College (25-12), and unranked Norwich University (46-3). The final win of the day over RIC was the career 300th for SC Head Coach Daryl Arroyo.

As a result, Springfield College, now 9-5 overall, moved back up to the #1-slot with 119 points, and 11 first-place votes. In second is Wesleyan (12-3-1) with 107 points. and in third is Plymouth State (8-1) with 98 points. The Panthers, which have given SC its only NEWA loss this season, garnered the one remaining first-place vote.

The rest of the top 10 in the latest NEWA poll includes Williams (8-6-1) with 83 points, Johnson & Wales (12-6-1) with 70 points, Bridgewater State (6-8-1) with 57 points, Rhode Island College (8-8) with 53 points, Roger Williams (6-10) with 33 points, Coast Guard (1-14) with 26 points, and Trinity (4-5) with 8 points.

Others receiving votes included Southern Maine and WPI.

Fusco, who hails from Billerica, Mass. owned a 3-0 record during the Pride's action throughout the week. In the Pride's 19-15 win over then top-ranked Wesleyan, the senior earned a key 5-2 win over Dan Conroy, before pinning Rhode Island College's Brandon Regnault in 3:33 in the following match. In Sunday's loss at TCNJ, Fusco won his bout, 7-1, over Kenny Amponsa.

Springfield will next host a tri-meet on Thursday, February 3 at 4 pm in Blake Arena. SC will meet AIC and Western New England at 4 pm. Please note this meet had been originally scheduled for Wednesday, February 2, but was delayed a day due to the winter storms.

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