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Wrestling Takes Down WPI, 29-15, In First Dual Meet of the Season

Blaze Chatham Worcester, Mass. - December 9, 2009 - Blaze Chatham and Michael Fish each recorded pins as the Springfield College wrestling team defeated WPI, 29-15, in the Pride's first dual meet of the 2009-2010 campaign.

Springfield won four straight bouts after falling behind early 3-0 in the New England Wresting Association (NEWA) contest.

Carl Anderson, the second-ranked wrestler in New England at 125 pounds (6th nationally in Division III) started the night off well for the Engineers with an 8-6 decision that gave the hosts the early edge.

The Pride then went on a key winning streak, winning the next four matches in convincing fashion. Gary DiPietro took a 14-2 major decision at 133 to give the Pride the lead at 4-3. Then, Chatham won by pin in 3:49 followed by back-to-back major decisions for Steve Flathers at 159 and John Archambeau at 157 as Springfield raced ahead 18-3 over the Engineers.

Tyler Howe, also ranked second in New England at 157 pounds, wrestled up at 165 and broke the Springfield streak with a 6-0 decision that cut the lead to 18-6. The momentum was short lived however, as Springfield's Fish responded with a pin in 1:23 at 174 pounds to push the Pride's advantage to 24-6. The Pride's Jeremy Burns followed with a 17-0 tech fall at 184 pounds for a 29-6 lead.

The Engineers were able to end the meet on a high note, as they closed out the evening with two straight victories. Garrett Yablonski earned a hard-fought victory at 197, picking up a 2-1 decision after two overtimes. Anthony Corbo followed the strong effort with one of his own with a pin in 2:28, making the final score 29-15 in favor of the Pride.

Weight

Result

Score/Time

Running Score

125

Carl Anderson (WPI) Dec. Michael Rose (SPR) 

8-6

0-3

133

Gary DiPietro (SPR) Maj. Dec. Stephen Poppa (WPI)

14-2

4-3

141

Blaze Chatham (SPR) Pinned Alex Pittera (WPI)

3:49

10-3

149

Steve Flathers (SPR) Maj. Dec. Joseph Pellegrine (WPI)

15-7

14-3

157

John Archambeau (SPR) Maj. Dec. Kenny Adams (WPI)

11-0

18-3

165

Tyler Howe (WPI) Dec. Tim Vollaro (SPR)

6-0

18-6    

174

Michael Fish (SPR) Pinned David Cardenas (WPI)

1:23 

24-6 

184

Jeremy Burns (SPR) Tech Fall Mike Ducey (WPI)

17-0 (5:47) 

29-6 

197

Garrett Yablonski (WPI) Dec. Connor O'Rourke (SPR)

2-1 (2 OT) 

29-9 

285

Anthony Corbo (WPI) Pinned Richard Wigglesworth (SPR)

2:28

29-15

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