By Christine Houghton
During a two-day meet from Friday, Nov. 15, to Saturday, Nov. 16, the College placed third among 17 teams at the Roger Williams Invitational. Twelve individual wrestlers also placed in their respective weight classes.
Starting with the 125-pound weight class, freshman Nick Denora won two matches during his day, but failed to claim a spot on the podium.
In the 133-pound class, junior Jake Giordano won three matches during his day at the mat, but eventually fell in a 4-2 decision in the championship match, which gave him second place. Freshman Domenic DiFrancescantonio claimed third, while sixth place went to junior Ryan Manahan.
Junior Robert Dinger was the star for the 141-pound weight class, winning four straight matches for the weight class title. Sophomore Steven Schwab placed fifth in the weight class. Meanwhile, in the 149-pound consolation bracket, freshman Alex Amato won three straight matches, but fell short of a podium spot.
Sophomore John Garda made his way to the semifinals in the 165-pound weight class, but ultimately settled for sixth place. Senior Dan Kilroy mirrored Garda’s run and settled for sixth place in the 174-pound weight class.
Junior Daniel Surich reached the 184-pound semifinals round, but had to settle for sixth place. In the 197-pound category, junior Thomas Anderson put in a solid effort, making it to the semifinals, where he wrestled in his only defeat of the day. In consolation rounds, Anderson faced teammate sophomore Quinn Haddad in a match that Anderson won. Haddad finished fifth on the day, while Anderson took third place in the weight class.
Closing out the day, at heavyweight, sophomore Thomas Marretta suffered a loss in the quarterfinals, but was able to claim third place in consolation matches. Freshman Dylan D’Amore also lost a match in the quarterfinals, which sent him to consolations matches, where he claimed sixth place.
The team returns to the mat on Friday, Nov. 22, for a dual mat at York College of Pennsylvania.