Springfield 2017 Preview

Team: Springfield College
Head Coach: Jason Holder
Years at School as Head Coach: 6
Career Record at Current School: 71-42
Assistant Coaches: Dylan Foley, James Kaishian, Tyler Banks


2016-2017 Dual Meet Record: 11-12

2017 NCAA Qualifiers: Zach Joseph (157), Hunter Ayen (197)

Returning NCAA Qualifiers: Ayen

Top Returning Starters:
133 – Ian Tolotti, Regional placer (6th)
197 – Hunter Ayen, NQ, Regional placer (3rd)
285 – Joe Fusco, 32-9 (2016-17)

Top Incoming Wrestlers:
Alec Falconer – MD State placer
Bryce Finnegan – MA State placer
Tyler Flynn – NJ Region qualifier
Logan Fox – NJ State qualifier
Ryan Gray – MA State placer, New England qualifier
Robert Hartling – 2x CT State placer, New England placer
Rahmel Hill – JUCO National qualifier
Tyson Jones – NY Section finalist
Ryan Monteiro – 3x MA State Champion, NHSCA finalist
Nick Monteleone – NJ Region placer
Chris Munnell – 2x NH State placer, New England qualifier
Phil Ricca – NJ State qualifier
George Tarwo – 3x NH State Champion, New England Champion
Norberto Torres – NJ State qualifier
Mike Vietri – NJ qualifier
Derek Wilson – NH State placer

Season Outlook:
Springfield College wrestling eclipsed the 1000th dual meet victory mark in 2017, becoming the 4th NCAA program in all of collegiate wrestling to accomplish this feat. The Pride graduated national qualifier Zach Joseph and regional placer Geovanni Medina but returns two-time national qualifier Hunter Ayen, regional placer Ian Tolotti, scholar All-American Joe Fusco, and five other starters from the 2017 Regional Championships who will look to make their mark in 2018. Springfield has also brought in a solid group of talented young freshmen and transfers. Springfield College will wrestle a competitive schedule that will help them as they will compete at the Ithaca Invitational, Doug Parker Invitational, Petrofes Invitational hosted by Messiah College, and the Budd Whitehill Duals hosted by Lycoming. Springfield College will certainly be battle tested when it comes time for Cleveland, Ohio in March.