SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – The Western New England University wrestling team placed second at the City of Springfield Championship on Sunday at Butova Gymnasium on the campus of American International College.
The Golden Bears went 2-1 in their three duals, with wins over the host Yellow Jackets (23-21) and Springfield Technical Community College (30-12) and a 34-6 loss to Springfield College.
Junior Dan Price (Nyack, N.Y.) led the way for Western New England with a 3-0 record on the day, while senior Davey Goodall (Chelmsford, Mass.), junior Nick Arborio (Berlin, Conn.) and freshman Corey Cope (Quakertown, Pa.) all went 2-1.
Western New England 23, AIC 21
The Golden Bears opened the quad meet with a tight win over NCAA Division II program AIC. Cope got it started with an 18-3 technical fall win over Jacob Marselli at 125, and Arborio followed by pinning Mustafa Hamid in the 133-pound bout. DeLucia increased Western New England's lead to 16-0 with a 22-5 technical fall triumph over Shamar Schand at 141, before the Yellow Jackets took the next three bouts (149, 157, 165) to close the gap to three (16-13).
The match remained close as Goodall won a major decision result over Rafiq Conway and AIC responded with Jaron Brown's major decision over Taylor Pfaff (Albany, N.Y.). With the Golden Bears leading 20-17, Price won a 1-0 decision to add to Western New England's advantage. In the heavyweight bout, Raul Martinez claimed a major decision win over freshman Romelo Medina (Springfield, Mass.).
Western New England 30, STCC 12
Western New England improved to 2-0 on the day with a 30-12 win over STCC in the Golden Bears' second dual. Cope led off with a pin and Arborio made it 11-0 in favor of WNE with a 20-2 technical fall over Chris Vega. Freshman Ryan Tripodi (Lake Hopatcong, N.J.) then earned a 13-6 decision over Marcos Mercado before STCC got on the board with David Ortiz's pin of Alex Starr (Lebanon, Conn.). The Golden Bears won five of the final six bouts, however, to cruise to the triumph. In the final two bouts, Price and Medina registered 4-1 and 4-0 decisions, respectively.
Springfield 34, Western New England 6
In the final dual of the day, Springfield took control early with victories in the first four bouts to establish a 16-0 lead. Western New England picked up wins at 157 as Monteiro earned a 3-1 decision over Nicolas Monteleone, and at 197 as Price won by the same score over Dakota Grover.
Western New England (3-1) will be back in action next Saturday (11/23) at the Doug Parker Invitational, hosted by Springfield College.