Springfield totaled 141 points over the weekend to outdistance itself from two-time defending champion Williams, which totaled 107 points. Wesleyan rounded out the top three with 94.5 points.
It was SC's 10th NEWA title since and including 1997.The Pride had a 10-year stretch (1997-2006) where it won nine titles. In that time period, the only year SC did win a NEWA title was in 2001.
By virtue of his win at the 285-pound weight classification, Fusco earned an automatic berth into the NCAA Division III Wrestling Championships, which will be held Friday-Saturday, March 11-12 at the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse. Wrestling in the last match of the night, Fusco pulled out Springfield's lone championship as he defeated Tom Foote of Williams, 3-1 in overtime to capture the title.
After the action had concluded, it was determined that Joe Grippi, who finished runner up at 141, would compete in the NCAA Championships as he was one of four wild card selections chosen by the league's coaches.
Springfield had nine wrestlers place in the top four of their respective weight classes, as each earned All-New England honors. Three from SC finished second on the weekend as senior Eddie Giron at 133, Grippi at 141, and junior Ryan McGilvray at 149 were all runner-ups. Two others finished third, senior John Archambeau at 165, and sophomore Derrick Longo at 174, while three more placed fourth, including freshman Dru Thomas at 125, senior Steve Flathers at 157, and sophomore Jeremy Burns at 197.
Also coming home with some hardware tonight were two coaches from Springfield. Head Coach Daryl Arroyo was named the NEWA Coach of the Year for the fifth time in his career, while assistant coach Jay Holder was named the NEWA Assistant Coach of the Year. William Mulligan of Johnson & Wales, the 197-pound champion, was named the Most Outstanding Wrestler.
Final Team Standings
1. Springfield College 141 pts.
2. Williams 107
3. Wesleyan 94.5
T4. Plymouth State 81
T4. Johnson and Wales 81
6. Roger Williams 73.5
7. Bridgewater State 65.5
8. Rhode Island College 58.5
9. Southern Maine 57
10. Coast Guard Academy 42
11. WPI 39
12. Western New England 13.5
14. Trinity 10.5
14. Norwich 5.5