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Grippi and Fusco Both Survive Opening Day of 2011 NCAA Championships

Joe Grippi La Crosse, Wisc. - March 11, 2011 - Joe Grippi and Ron Fusco each split a pair of matches in the first day of the 2011 NCAA Division III Wrestling Championships at the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse.

Wrestling at 141 pounds, Grippi bested Kevin Bokoski of Luther, 6-2, in his first match to advance to take on second-seeded Jeremy Stierly from Ithaca College. The Bedford Hills, N.Y. native wasn't able to upset Stierly as he dropped a 10-3 decision.

As for Fusco, the senior lost his opening match of the day at the 285-pound weight classification to third-seeded Judson Connell from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, 11-6. The Billerica, Mass. product then eliminated regional rival Tom Foote from Williams College by pinning Foote in 45 seconds.


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