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Western New England Places Fifth at Will Abele Invitational

Freshman Nick Arborio (left) went 4-0 with three pins on his way to the 125-pound title at the Will Abele Invitational on Saturday.
Freshman Nick Arborio (left) went 4-0 with three pins on his way to the 125-pound title at the Will Abele Invitational on Saturday.

Arborio wins 125-pound title, four other Golden Bears finish in top-six

COLLEGEVILLE, Pa. (January 13, 2018) –
Led by freshman Nick Arborio's (Berlin, Conn.) first place finish at 125 pounds, the Western New England University wrestling team placed fifth in the 13-team field on Saturday at the Will Abele Invitational, hosted by Ursinus College at the Floy Lewis Bakes Center Field House. 

The Golden Bears turned in a score of 65.5 en route to fifth place. Wheeling Jesuit University claimed the team title with a score of 163.0, while Castleton University (138.5) and SUNY Oneonta (125.5) took second and third.

Top Performers
• Arborio went 4-0 with three pins and a major decision victory en route to his first collegiate title. The freshman improves to 20-7 this season with ten pins.
• Sophomore John Boyle (Rowley, Mass.) was among four other Golden Bears to finish in the top six of their respective weight class. Boyle went 4-1 on his way to third place at 184.
• Senior captain Lamont Wallace (New Rochelle, N.Y.) reached the semifinals at 149 before placing fourth with a record of 2-2 for the day.
• Sophomore Ryan Guers (Orwigsburg, Pa.) reached the semifinals at 174 with two pins in under a minute, before injury defaulting from the tournament.
• Sophomore Chase LaRusso (Enfield, Conn.) went 3-2 on his way to a top-six finish at 165, while senior captain Andrew Cole (Ogdensburg, N.Y.) and sophomores Nick Fortini (Deer Park, N.Y.) and Alex Starr (Lebanon, Conn.) posted 2-2 records at 197, heavyweight and 141, respectively.

Up Next
Western New England will be back in action next Sunday at the New England Wrestling Association (NEWA) Duals, held at the Providence Career & Technical Academy in Providence, R.I.