Springfield, Mass. - November 23, 2013 - The Springfield College wrestling team captured the Doug Parker Invitational on Saturday as it captured the 17-team field event for the first time since 2006. Both Devin Biscaha (Jackson, N.J.) and Hunter Ayen (Gouverneur, N.Y.) won individual titles for the Pride.
Springfield took the title with 142 points, while Roger Williams finished as the runner up with 127.5 points. Stevens (119), Rhode Island College (117.5), and Johns Hopkins (84.5) rounded out the top five.
In his first action of the season since claiming the 2013 NCAA Division III National Championship, Biscaha stormed through the 157 pound weight class as the top seed. The senior opened the day with a pin before four-straight wins by decision, including a 7-6 win over nationally-ranked and second-seeded Jorge Lopez from Williams.
Wrestling for the first time this year at 197, Ayen pinned his first two opponents before an 8-2 decision in the semifinals. The first-year then claimed his first collegiate title by an 8-0 major decision over top-seeded Shane Parcel of Roger Williams.
Tommy Casper (Bergenfield, N.J.) was the runner-up at 125 for the Pride . The senior won his first two bouts by major decisions and another by medical forfeit before falling in the championship by a 9-3 decision to top-seeded, Paul Bewak from John Hopkins.
The Pride also had the third-place finisher at 157 as Eric Hamrick (Collingswood, N.J.) rebounded from a loss in the semifinals to win by a 3-2 decision. Dylan Foley (Southborough, Mass.) also took third at 165 with a 3-2 decision in the third-place match after dropping a semifinal bout.
Jacob- Strohman (East Longmeadow, Mass.) placed fourth at 141, as did Zach Joseph (Clifton Park, N.Y.) at 149. In his collegiate debut, Steven Dwight (Nashua, N.H.) took fifth at 285.
Next up for Springfield will be the Messiah Invitational which will take place on December 6-7.