No. 8 Wrestling Wins Eighth NECCWA Title In Nine Years
- Springfield College sophomore All-American Mike Gaeta (Manalapan, N.J.)
and sophomore Mark DeCiccio (Cranston, R.I.)
won individual titles to lead the No. 8 Pride to its eighth New England College Conference Wrestling Association (NECCWA) Championship in nine years, Sunday, at Johnson & Wales University. All 10 SC wrestlers placed in the top-six of their respective weight classes to earn All-New England honors.
Gaeta, DeCiccio and senior captain Brian Viglione (Chelmsford, Mass.)
will represent SC at the NCAA Division III Championships on Friday-Saturday, March 4-5 at St. Olaf College in Minnesota.
SC won the meet with 128.5 points, followed by the hosts Wildcats (116), Rhode Island College (87), Norwich (83) and Williams (70) rounding out the top five of the 15-team field.
Gaeta won his second-straight 141-pound title, sweeping five-straight matches, including a 45-second pin in the championship final over second-seeded Luke Emmons from Rhode Island College. DeCiccio also swept five matches en route to the 149-pound title.
Viglione finished second in the 174-pound weight class, but received a wild card for the second-straight season to the NCAA Championships.
Final Team Results
1) Springfield 128.5
2) Johnson & Wales 116
3) Rhode Island College 87
4) Norwich 83
5) Williams 70
6) Plymouth State 64.5
7) Trinity 61
8) WPI 58.5
9) Roger Williams 56
10) Wesleyan 40.5
11) MIT 24
12) Bridgewater State 18
13) Coast Guard Academy 20
14) Southern Maine 15
15) Western New England 10.5
Head Coach Jason Holder
Jason Holder will enter his third season as head wrestling coach in 2013. Holder had a standout first season at the helm of the Pride, leading Springfield to the NEWA Duals Championship and taking three wrestlers to the NCAA Championships.
Contact Head Coach Jason Holder
| Phone: 413.748.3276