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Wrestling Second in the Final NEWA Team Poll

Corey Kozimor Bristol, R.I. -- February 14, 2011 -- Despite being ranked No. 1 for the vast majority of the season, the Springfield College wrestling team finished with a No. 2 ranking in the final New England Wrestling Association team poll released earlier today. Wesleyan finished first with 126 points, just ahead of Springfield's 115 points.

Just nine days ago, Springfield defeated Wesleyan (19-15) in their only head-to-head confrontation this season. But two days ago, in a tri-meet in Providence, Springfield was upset by Johnson & Wales, 24-19. Earlier in the day, SC had beaten Plymouth State (42-3), avenging an earlier season defeat.

The loss to Johnson & Wales cost SC the season's No. 1 ranking.

Wesleyan is currently 16-3-1 overall, and garnered nine first-place votes along with its 126 points. Springfield (12-6) was second with four first-place votes and 115 points. Only two of SC's six losses were to other New England Division III teams.

Johnson & Wales (14-6-1) jumped to third in the rankings with 104 points. In fourth was Williams College (10-8-1) with 90 points. Plymouth State (8-6) was sixth with 80 points.

In sixth through 10th were: Bridgewater State (10-8-1) with 69 points, Rhode Island College (11-10) with 44, Roger Williams (8-12) with 42, Trinity (8-7) with 22, and Coast Guard (1-15) with 18. The only other squad to receive votes was Southern Maine.

The final regular-season poll for individuals will be released on Tuesday, Feb. 15.

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