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Springfield Upsets #3-Seeded Ithaca, Defeats Case Western, and Falls to No. 20 Whitewater in the Budd Whitehill Invitational

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- January 11, 2008 -- Junior Chris Brown eked out a one-point win in the heavyweight match to lead the unseeded Springfield College wrestling team to a 21-15 upset victory over #10-ranked Ithaca College in the first round of the Budd Whitehill Duals at Lycoming College in Williamsport, Pa. this morning.

Springfield then continued its winning ways by defeating Case Western, 33-10, in second-round action.

Springfield will wrestle once more later today in Lycoming's Lamade Gymnasium, taking on #20-ranked Wisconsin-Whitewater.

Ithaca, the #3-seeded team in the tourney, suffered its first dual-meet loss. With the loss, the Bombers fell to 5-1. With its two victories, Springfield ups its record to 3-2.

In the first match, in a strange set of circumstances, Ithaca won the first five bouts and took a seemingly commanding 15-0 lead, but Springfield then won the final five bouts, producing two pins among its victories, to make the comeback.

The SC comeback began at the 165-pound weight class as freshman Vic Stanziale (Bloomfield, N.J.) decisioned Ithaca's Greg Davis, 2-0. Freshman 174-pounder Anthony Scarpetti (Lititz, Pa.) then pinned his opponent at 4:06 into their match. That cut the margin to 15-9.

Senior Greg Dussol (Amston, Conn.), wrestling up a weight, won his 184-pound bout, 10-4. Sophomore 197-pounder John Ragno (Enfield, Conn.) then supplied the team an unexpected boost by pinning his opponent at 3:37. And suddenly the Pride led, 18-15. Finally, Brown (East Hartford, Conn.), at heavyweight, won his match, 6-5, allowing Springfield to complete its stunning comeback.

In the second match of the day, Stanziale, Scarpetti, and Dussol all won their matches again. Freshman Casey Leslie (Middletown, Conn.) and Ragno also won by forfeit. Freshman 133-pounder Blaze Chatham (Walkill, N.Y.) won his match by a score of 3-0. And senior 157-pounder Erik Delehanty (Clinton, Conn.) won his match by a score of 11-7.

In the Pride's third match of the afternoon, No. 20 Whitewater raced out to a 23-0 lead after winning the first six matches en route to a 29-12 victory. Springfield's two victories came at the 174 pound class and the heavyweight class. Scarpetti picked up his third win of the afternoon and second pin as he pinned Ray Lonardo in 2:33. Brown closed out the Pride's scoring when he picked up six points after his opponent injured himself.

SPRINGFIELD 21, #10-RANKED ITHACA 15
125 lbs. -- John Gregory (I) dec. Casey Leslie (S), 6-2 (0-3)
133 lbs. -- Chad Winowich (I) dec. Blaze Chatham (S), 2-0 (0-6)
141 lbs. -- William Horwath (I) dec. Jamie Sgaglione (S), 12-8 (0-9)
149 lbs. -- Blaine Woszczak (I) dec. Chris DeBlock (S), 8-5 (0-12)
157 lbs. -- Nick Sanko (I) dec. Chris Perry (S), 7-2 (0-15)
165 lbs. -- Vic Stanziale (S) dec. Greg Davis (I), 2-0 (3-15)
174 lbs. -- Anthony Scarpetti (S) pinned Dave Priest (I), 4:06 (9-15)
184 lbs. -- Greg Dussol (S) dec. Brandon Stark (I), 10-4 (12-15)
197 lbs. -- John Ragno (S) pinned Dave Sbiscia (I), 3:37 (18-15)
Hwt. -- Chris Brown (S) dec. Joe Goetz (I), 6-5 (21-15)

SPRINGFIELD 33, CASE WESTERN 10
125 lbs. -- Casey Leslie (S) FFT (6-0)
133 lbs. -- Blaze Chatham (S) dec. Jon Howell (CW), 3-0 (9-0)
141 lbs. -- Dave Manoogian (CW) maj. dec. Jim Squires (S), 8-0 (9-4)
149 lbs. -- Chris DeBlock (S) dec. Drew Gardella (CW), 8-5 (12-4)
157 lbs. -- Erik Delehanty (S) dec. N. Klingensmith (CW), 11-7 (15-4)
165 lbs. -- Vic Stanziale (S) dec. Dave Bernholt (CW), 8-7 (18-4)
174 lbs. -- Anthony Scarpetti (S) dec. Ray Lonardo (CW), 10-3 (21-4)
184 lbs. -- Greg Dussol (S) pinned Evan Malone (CW), 2:05 (27-4)
197 lbs. -- John Ragno (S) FFT (33-4)
Hwt. -- Bob Gavlak (CW) (33-10)

#20-RANKED WHITEWATER 29, SPRINGFIELD 12
125 lbs. -- Casey Powell (W) dec. Casey Leslie (S), 7-1(3-0)
133 lbs. -- Kyle Wachholder (W) dec. Blaze Chatham (S), 6-4 (6-0)
141 lbs. -- Austin Bautista (W) dec. Jamie Sgaglione (S), 10-4 (9-0)
149 lbs. -- Matt Shuck (W) maj. dec. Chris DeBlock (S), 10-2 (13-0)
157 lbs. -- Tom Trieloff (W) pinned Chris Perry (S), 0:45 (19-0)
165 lbs. -- Patrick Nagel (W) maj. dec. Vic Stanziale (S), 16-4 (23-0)
174 lbs. -- Anthony Scarpetti (S) pinned Rob Schoner (W), 2:33 (23-6)
184 lbs. -- Mike Schmidt (W) dec. Greg Dussol (S), 2-1 (26-6)
197 lbs. -- Jason Johnson (W) dec John Ragno (S), 14-1 (29-6)
Hwt. -- Chris Brown (S) inj def Sean Evans (W) (29-12)

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