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No. 4 Wrestling Comes Back For 24-21 Victory Over No. 23 Norwich

SPRINGFIELD, Mass., Dec. 11, 2004 – Springfield College sophomore All-American Mike Gaeta (Manalapan, N.J.) scored a pin at 141 lbs. to lead the No.4 Pride to a come-from-behind win over No. 23 Norwich, 24-21, this afternoon in Blake Arena in a battle of the top two Division III teams in New England.

Norwich jumped out to a 12-3 lead on consecutive pins by Shaun Vacher (165) and John Capen (174). After a major decision by SC’s Elliot Smith (Richville, N.Y.) at 184 lbs, and a decision by Norwich’s Silver Oghayore at 197 lbs made the score 15-7 in favor of the Cadets, Pride senior captain Scott Fay (Danbury, Conn.) registered a technical fall at 285 lbs to cut the lead to three.

Junior Derek McNerney (Baldwin, N.Y) was credited with a pin at 125 lbs as Norwich lost a team point due to unsportsmanlike conduct to stake the Pride to an 18-14 lead that it would not relinquish. After a decision by Norwich’s Jay Ciuricich at 133 lbs, Gaeta’s pin gave the Pride a commanding 24-17 lead.

No. 4 Springfield 24, No. 23 Norwich 21
125 - Derek McNerney (S) pin. James Travis (N), 5:40
133 - Jay Ciuricich (N) dec. Pete Marques (S), 6-4
141 - Mike Gaeta (S) pin. Niko Fillipakis (N), 2:46
149 - Dan Whelan (N) maj. Adam Uffleman (S), 10-0
157* - Jake Tyler (S) dec. Matt Thurston (N), 5-2
165 - Shaun Vacher (N) pin. Bill Koch (S), 5:48
174 - John Capen (N) pin. Jay Noonan (S), 1:40
184 - Elliot Smith (S) maj. Chris Bepko (N), 13-3
197 - Silver Oghayore (N) dec. Jay Leckey (S), 9-4
285 - Scott Fay (S) tech. Rick LaGrega (N), 17-2 7:00
* Match started at 157.
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