Santiago Wins Wrestling Title at Springfield College

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Junior Omar Santiago (Huntington, N.Y.) won the 133-pound weight class at the 15-team Springfield College Invite on Saturday. Santiago beat Curt Thompson of Brockport in the championship match.

Brockport won the team title with the Lakers finishing tied for 12th. The rest of the Lakers were led by Brad Mayville (Fr., Ontario, N.Y.) and Kyle Seridan’s (Jr., Syracuse, N.Y.) fifth-place finishes.

Santiago started his march to the finals with a pin in 4:04. He added 9-0 and 3-1 wins to reach the semi-finals. Santiago took care of Derek Adams of host Springfield 6-0 in the next round to reach the finals. Santiago then battled his way to a 2-1 win over Thompson to claim the title.

Mayville (141 pounds) reached the quarterfinals at 141 pounds with a bye and a 7-4 win, but a 7-4 loss sent him to the consolation round. Mayville bounced back with a 7-0 win and a pin in 1:41 before an 11-8 loss left him tied for fifth.

At heavyweight, Branden Jones (Fr., Palmyra, N.Y.) marched into the quarterfinals with a bye and a 3-1 win before falling to the eventual runner-up 8-0. Meanwhile, Sheridan recovered from an opening loss with 2-0 and 5-4 wins to meet Jones in the consolation bracket. Sheridan pinned Jones in 50 seconds and added a 7-5 win before a 6-0 loss by Sheridan left him tied for fifth.

Maxx Stratton (So., Accord, N.Y.) also recovered from an opening loss to earn 7-2 and 12-1 wins before his day ended with a 6-2 loss.

Matt Callari (Fr., Williamsville, N.Y.) also added a 4-3 win, Denvol Haye (Fr., Hempstead, N.Y.) earned an 11-4 win, Jon O’Brien (Fr., Gowanda, N.Y.) scored a 20-4 win, Scott Bova (Fr., Poughquay, N.Y.) claimed an 8-0 victrory and Joe Friedel (Fr., West Shoken) began with an 8-4 win before back-to-back losses ended his day.

Final Team Scores
1) Brockport — 115;
T2) Springfield — 91.5;
T2) Stevens Tech — 91.5;
4) RIC — 69;
5) Wesleyan — 67;
6) Plymouth State — 63.5;
7) USMMA — 62.5;
8) Roger Williams — 60.6;
9) AIC — 52.5;
10) MIT — 47;
11) Trinity — 41.5;
T12) Oswego — 38.5;
T12) Coast Guard — 38.5;
14) Williams — 19;
15) WNEU — 18.