The rankings are according to the National Collegiate Wrestling Association's latest poll, released last week.
Two of the nation's very best were on display this afternoon. At the 165-pound weight class, Springfield junior Derrick Longo (Ardsley, N.Y.) competed. Ranked #10 nationally as an individual, Longo pinned TCNJ freshman Ryan Riegert (Toms River, N.J.) at 3:24. At the time, that tied the match at 12-all.
Meanwhile, at 184-pounds, TCNJ senior Mike Denver (Bayville, N.J.) returned the favor. Ranked #1 in the country, Denver pinned junior Andrew Balina (Long Branch, N.J.) at 4:04. At the time, that gave TCNJ an 18-15 lead.
That left it up to the final two bouts. Junior Jeremy Burns (Hoosick Falls, N.Y.), ranked #3 in New England, first defeated junior Dan Brill (Livingston, N.J.), 12-5. That tied it up at 18-all from a team perspective.
So, it all came down to the final match, winner take all. Senior heavyweight John Gabordi (Ledyard, Conn.), also ranked #3 in New England, had the upper hand almost right from the start, eventually pinning freshman Michael Larcamp (Falls Church, Va.) in 1:53, providing the winning six-point margin.
Other winners for the Pride included sophomore Tom Casper (Bergenfield, N.J.) at 125, freshman Eric Hamrick (Collingswood, N.J.), ranked #3 in New England, at 149, and junior Mike Fish (Middletown, N.J.), ranked #1 in New England, at 174.
Missing from the SC line-up was junior Joe Grippi (Bedford Hills, N.Y.) (injury), ranked #1 in New England and #8 in the nation, at 141 pounds. SC had to forfeit at that weight class.
There were three ties and five lead changes in today's match.
Springfield 24, TCNJ 18
The match begins with the 125-pound weight class.
125: Tom Casper (SC) dec. Joey DiCarlo (TCNJ), 11-6 -- 3-0, SC
133: P.J. Schmidt (TCNJ) dec. Derek Adams (SC), 4-2 -- 3-3
141: Brian Bollette (TCNJ) wins by forfeit -- 3-9, TCNJ
149: Eric Hamrick (SC) dec. Dan Herr (TCNJ), 4-2 -- 6-9, TCNJ
157: John Darling (TCNJ) dec. Ryan McGilvray (SC), 7-0 -- 6-12, TCNJ
165: Derrick Longo (SC) pins Ryan Riegert (TCNJ), 3:24 -- 12-12
174: Mike Fish (SC) dec.. Kenneth Murphy (TCNJ), 5-3 -- 15-12, SC
184: Mike Denver (TCNJ) pins Andrew Balina (SC), 4:04 -- 15-18, TCNJ
197: Jeremy Burns (SC) dec. Dan Brill (TCNJ), 12-5 -- 18-18
285: John Gabordi (SC) pins Michael Larcamp (TCNJ), 1:53 -- 21-18, SC
Records: Springfield 9-2, TCNJ 7-5