Des Moines, Iowa - January 11, 2014 - The Springfield College wrestling team competed in the 2014 NWCA National Duals on Saturday as it fell to both Coe and Mount Union while also defeating Elmhurst. Both Tommy Casper (Bergenfield, N.J.) and Eric Hamrick (Collingswood, N.J.) earned wins in all three matches.
Coe 34, Springfield 6
According to the latest NWCA National Team rankings, Coe entered the meet ranked 9th in the country, while the Pride was ranked 20th.
Tommy Casper (Bergenfield, N.J.), currently ranked 8th in the nation at 125, opened up the meet with a 7-4 decision for the Pride. Coe reponded with a major decision at 133 and a decision at 141 to gain a 7-3 cushion.
Eric Hamrick (Collingswood, N.J.) put Springfield back on the scoreboard with a tremendous effort at 149, rallying for a 7-6 decision to get the Pride within 7-6.
The 157 bout proved to be a showdown between two of the top ranked wreslters in the nation. Springfield's Devin Biscaha (Jackson, N.J.) entered as the top-ranked wrestler at 157, while Coe's Dimitry Boyer sat in fifth in the national rankings. Boyer would put Biscaha on his back late in the third and handed the defending national champion his first loss of the season after registering a pin at 6:48.
Coe carried that momentum through the reminder of the meet as it cruised to the 34-6 win. Coe picked up decisions victories at 165, 184, and 197 while producing pins at 174 and 285.
Springfield 25, Elmhurst 15
Against Elmhurst, Casper once again got the Pride off to a strong start after posting a 6-3 decision win at 125, while Jacob Strohman (East Longmeadow, Mass.) put Springfield ahead for good with an 8-6 victory at 141.
Hamrick wasted little time picking up his second win of the day as he pinned his opponent at 149 in just 38 seconds. Biscaha followed Hamrick's lead with a pin of his own at 157 in 4:19.
At 165, Dylan Foley (Southborough, Mass.) had his way, registering a 13-1 major decision, and Michael Case (Cedar Run, N.J.) added a win by a 7-3 decision at 184 for the Pride.
For Elmhurst, the Bluejays earned points by decision at 133, 174, and 184 and notched a pin at 285.
Mount Union 21, Springfield 18
Going up against the 19th-ranked team in the country in Mount Union, it proved to be a back-and-forth affair for the Pride in their third match of the day.
After Casper was awarded the win at 125 by virtue of a forfeit, the Raiders recorded a technical fall and decision to go up 8-6. Hamrick grinded out a 1-0 win for his third win at 149 on the day, only to have Mount Union answer with an overtime win at 157.
Foley put Springfield back on top with a late score in the third to take a 3-2 win at 165, but the Raiders responded with a decision and major decision to regain an 18-12 cushion.
Hunter Ayen (Gouverneur, N.Y.) came through with a huge pin at 197 for Springfield, needing just 53 seconds to tie the score at 18 apiece. With the match to be decided in the 285 bout, Mount Union prevailed with a double-overtime 5-2 win to advance to Sunday's competition.