BRIDGEWATER, Mass., January 21, 2007 - Springfield College junior Eliot Smith (Richville, N.Y.), ranked eighth in the nation at 184 pounds, went a perfect 4-0 with one pin in leading the Pride to an eighth-place team finish this afternoon out of 14 competing teams at the New England College Conference Wrestling Association (NECCWA) Duals hosted by Bridgewater State College.
In the first round, SC was matched up with the Coast Guard Academy. The Pride defeated the Bears, 32-18, led by Smith's pin of Coast Guard's Kevin Robinson at the 2:57 mark. Senior Andre Lee (Wappingers Falls, N.Y.) also picked up a pin at 174 pounds over Colin Boyle at the 6:41 mark to earn SC six team points.
Other winners for the Pride against Coast Guard included senior Ryan Hannigan (Wyantskill, N.Y.) at 125 pounds, sophomore James Squires (Melrose, Mass.) at 133 pounds, freshman John Archambeau (Ludlow, Mass.) at 157 pounds, and senior Phillip McGeough (Clifton Park, N.Y.) in the heavyweight division.
Next, SC was matched up against the host Bridgewater State College Bears. Freshman Jareth Cardoso (Wethersfield, Conn.) won a decision at 165 pounds over Dustin Diedrich, Smith knocked off Bridgewater's James Quinlan at 184 pounds, and McGeough defeated Tim Ferreira in the heavyweight division. Those were the only Pride winners in the second-round dual, however, as Bridgewater State defeated the Pride, 31-9.
SC then lost to Rhode Island College (RIC) in its next dual by a score of 34-15. Hannigan won at 125 pounds over RIC's Steve Goncalves, Archambeau recorded a deicison over Ryan DeSisto at 149 pounds, Lee beat Ian Coyne at 174 pounds, and Smith picked up another victory, this time a major decision (11-3) over RIC's Joe Manley.
In the final dual of the day for the Pride, SC lost to the University of Southern Maine by a score of 28-15. At 125 pounds, Hannigan recorded a pin over USM's Steven Mantilla (3:23), Smith finished off his perfect day with a 10-4 decision over Patrick Hogan, and McGeough won by forfeit. For the Pride, Hannigan had a very solid day, going 3-1 with a pin in the 125-pound weight class.
SC will next travel to Williamstown, Mass., on Wednesday evening, January 24th, for a 7:00 p.m. dual against Williams College.