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Wrestling Knocks Off A Pair of Nationally-Ranked Teams at Rhode Island College

Joe Grippi Providence, R.I. - January 30, 2010 - The Springfield College wrestling team, the fifth-ranked team in the New England Wrestling Association, defeated fourth-ranked and No. 30 nationally Rhode Island College, 29-9, and second-ranked and No. 25 nationally Wesleyan, 20-12, at a tri-match hosted by the Anchormen on Saturday afternoon at The Murray Center.

The Anchormen opened with a 3-1 win at 149 lbs. as third-ranked junior Kevin Sutherland defeated fourth-ranked sophomore Ryan McGilvray. The Pride answered right back by winning the next four bouts led by a major decision, 13-3, win by freshman Derrick Longo at 165 lbs. and a pin by senior Tyler LeBlanc at 174 lbs.

Junior Steve Saba earned a 7-4 win at 197 lbs. for the hosts, but junior Ron Fusco scored a reversal in overtime to defeat RIC freshman Brian Nicoll in a battle of the sixth and fourth-ranked grapplers, respectively, in the region.

Seventh-ranked Springfield freshman Michael Rose sealed the victory for the visitors with a 12-6 win at 125 lbs. The contest was ended with a 3-1 overtime win by third-ranked RIC sophomore Mike Trasso over fourth-ranked SC junior Blaze Chatham.

The Anchormen only had three of their usual 10 starters in the match, all of whom earned wins.

Against the Cardinals, the Pride won four of the final five matches to come from behind and defeat Wesleyan, 20-12.

McGilvray earned a 7-2 decision to open the bout, but the Cardinals responded with three straight wins to build a 9-3 lead, paced by second-ranked senior Josh Berkovicšs, 9-6, win at 165 lbs. The Pride stopped the attack as fifth-ranked Springfield freshman Jeremy Burns downed fourth-ranked Wesleyan senior Zach Rolfe at 184 lbs.

Fourth-ranked Wesleyan sophomore Luke Erickson put the Cardinals up, 12-9, with a win at 197 lbs. The Pride took the next two bouts to take the lead, 13-12, capped by Rosešs impressive, 4-3, win over WU second-ranked senior Dan Bloom at 125 lbs.

SC third-ranked freshman Joseph Grippišs, who is also ranked ninth-nationally, major decision, 18-5, at 133 lbs. forced the Cardinals to win the final bout by technical fall to tie or via pin to win, but Chathamšs, 3-1, win sealed the match.

The Pride look to carry its momentum over to Sunday as it host 11th-ranked TCNJ in Dana Gymnasium at 12:00 pm.

Springfield 29, Rhode Island College 9
149 lbs. Kevin Sutherland (RIC) def. Ryan McGilvray (SC), 3-1
157 lbs. Steve Flathers (SC) def. Jordan Jacquo (RIC), 4-2
165 lbs. Derrick Longo (SC) def. Remington Alves (RIC), 13-3
174 lbs. Tyler LeBlanc (SC) pinned Geoff Riccio (RIC) at 1:37
184 lbs. Jeremy Burns (SC) won by forfeit
197 lbs. Steve Saba (RIC) def. Connor OšRourke (SC), 7-3
285 lbs. Ron Fusco (SC) def. Brian Nicoll (RIC), 3-2 SV
125 lbs. Michael Rose (SC) def. Mike Sugermeyer (RIC), 12-6
133 lbs. Joseph Grippi (SC) def. William Lynn (RIC), 15-5
141 lbs. Mike Trasso (RIC) def. Blaze Chatham (SC), 3-1 OT

Springfield 20, Wesleyan, 12
149 lbs. Ryan McGilvray (SC) def. Tom Oddo (WU), 9-2
157 lbs. David Bachy (WU) def. Jonathan Robertson (SC), 4-1
165 lbs. Josh Berkovic (WU) def. Derrick Longo (SC), 9-6
174 lbs. Greg Hurd (WU) def. Michael Fish (SC), 4-1
184 lbs. Jeremy Burns (SC) def Zach Rolfe (WU), 6-1
197 lbs. Luke Erickson (WU) def. Connor OšRourke (SC), 7-3
285 lbs. Ron Fusco (SC) def. Brian Byrne (WU), 15-3
125 lbs. Mike Rose (SC) def. Dan Bloom (WU), 4-3
133 lbs. Joseph Grippi (SC) def. Maika Nagata (WU), 18-5
141 lbs. Blaze Chatham (SC) def. Howard Tobochnik (WU), 3-1

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