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No. 16 Wrestling Downs Ithaca, Falls To TCNJ At Budd Whitehill Duals

SPRINGFIELD, Mass., (January 13, 2006) – Phil McGeough won a major decision to lead the #16-ranked Springfield College wrestling team to a 21-18 come-from-behind victory over #24-ranked Ithaca College earlier today at the Budd Whitehill National Dual Tourney at Lycoming College in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.

A junior heavyweight from Clifton Park, NY, McGeough defeated Jake Mender, 11-2, to register a 4-point major decision, giving the Pride the 3-point win. With the victory, Springfield is now 3-2, while Ithaca falls to 2-3.

Both Springfield and Ithaca won five bouts apiece in this match. Other Springfield winners included senior Derek McNerney (Baldwin, N.Y./Baldwin HS) at 125 pounds, senior Peter Marques (Massapequa, N.Y./Massapequa HS) at 133 pounds, junior Michael Gaeta (Manalapan, N.J./Manalapan HS) at 141 pounds, and junior Mark DeCiccio (Cranston, R.I./Bishop Hendricken HS) at 149 pounds.

SC built a 17-0 lead through the first four bouts, but then proceeded to lose five straight to fall behind, 18-17. It was up to McGeough, a product of Shenendehowa High School, to pull it out for the Pride.

Michael Gaeta and Mark DeCiccio won decisions for Springfield College, but it was far from enough as the #6-ranked College of New Jersey wrestling team defeated #16-ranked Springfield, 29-7, earlier today at the Budd Whitehill National Dual Tourney at Lycoming College in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.

When junior Mark DeCiccio (Cranston, R.I./Cranston HS) won his match over John Biango, 6-3, at 149 pounds, Springfield had closed the team margin to one point at 7-6 after four bouts. SC junior Michael Gaeta (Manalapan, N.J./Manalapan HS), ranked #3 in the nation as an individual, had just beaten Bill Tenpenney, 14-3, in a 4-point decision.

But The College of New Jersey proved to be victorious in the other 8 matches.

With the win, TCNJ is now 2-1. With the loss, Springfield is now 3-3.

The Budd Whitehill Duals, with 20 teams involved, will continue throughout the day tomorrow (Sat., Jan. 14).

#16 SPRINGFIELD 21, #24 ITHACA COLLEGE 18

125 lbs. – Derek McNerney (SC) def. Macario Alvarez (IC), 10-3 - 3- 0
133 lbs. – Peter Marques (SC) def. Gammons (IC), 10-2 - 7- 0
141 lbs. – Michael Gaeta (SC) won by forfeit - 13- 0
149 lbs. – Mark DeCiccio (SC) def. Scot Aronowitz (IC), 11-0 - 17- 0
157 lbs. – Jad Duca (IC) def. Erik Delehanty (SC), 8-1 - 17- 3
165 lbs. – Brian Lockard (IC) def. Bill Koch (SC), 4-3 - 17- 6
174 lbs. – Matthias Keib (IC) def. Greg Dussol (SC), 10-2 - 17-10
184 lbs. – Rob Stubbs (IC) def. Andre Lee (SC), 17-1 (tech. fall) - 17-15
197 lbs. – Nick Calandrino (IC) def. Jason Leckey (SC), 4-3 - 17-18
285 lbs. -- Phil McGeough (SC) def. Jake Mender (IC), 11-2 - 21-18

#6 TCNJ 29, #16 SPRINGFIELD 7

125 lbs. – Brian Dempsey (NJ) def. Derek McNerney (SC), 3-0 - 3- 0
133 lbs. – Ray Sarinelli (NJ) def. Peter Marques (SC), 9-4 - 6- 0
141 lbs. – Michael Gaeta (SC) def. Bill Tenpenny (NJ), 14-3 - 6- 4
149 lbs. – Mark DeCiccio (SC) def. John Biango (NJ), 6-7 - 6- 7
157 lbs. – Joey Galante (NJ) def. Erik Delehanty (SC), 9-4 (1 pt.TCNJ) - 8- 7
165 lbs. – Mike Guenther (NJ) pinned Bill Koch (SC), 1:47 - 14- 7
174 lbs. – Mike Somma (NJ) def. Scott Faivre (SC), 5-2 - 17- 7
184 lbs. – Jeff Harrington (NJ) def. Greg Dussol (SC), 4-2 - 20- 7
197 lbs. – Greg Osgoody (NJ) def. Jason Leckey (SC), 3-1 - 23- 7
285 lbs. -- Brett Jankos (NJ) wins by forfeit - 29- 7
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