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Army Prep and Shames dominant at the 2014 Groundhog Invitational

02/10/2014 -

Amherst, MA. – Amherst College played host to this year’s long-running Groundhog Day Invitational. This year’s tournament attracted some of the top teams in the Northeast including programs from Roger Williams University, NJCAA #10 ranked Springfield Technical Community College and defending NCWA Division II team champion MIT. However, it was the Army Prep team that dominated the championship round, winning four titles out of their five finalists. That still wasn’t enough to overcome the strong team performance by Roger Williams University, who had two champions and a dominate consolation round helping to secure their first Groundhog Day team title. Rounding out the top five were Army Prep, Springfield Technical Community College, SUNY Albany and Yale respectfully.
With just over 160 competitors, the 17 team field produced exciting match-ups throughout the day especially in the twenty-one man 149-pound bracket where Army Preps, Joey Affonti outworked all his opponents to claim the title. But no one was more dominant than defending NCWA national champion and #1 ranked 133-pounder Sam Shames of MIT. Shames earned two technical falls and a pin to claim the Groundhog Day title and the tournament’s most outstanding wrestler. This is Shames fifth tournament title of the season and has an unblemished record of 25-0.
Top Five Schools:
1. Roger Williams 95.0
2. USMAPS 83.0
3. S.T.C.C 66.0
4. SUNY-Albany 37.0
5. Yale

125 Top 3:
1. Sean Badua USMAPS
2. Matt Elias Roger Williams
3. Hector Reynos STCC
133 Top 3:
1. Sam Shames MIT Most Outstanding Wrestler
2. Nick Arroyo STCC
3. Greg Williams Roger Williams
141 Top 3:
1. Zach Tepper UNH
2. Jason Bowen Roger Williams
3. Anthony Cisero STCC

149 Top 3:
1. Joey Affonti USMAPS
2. Jerod Rideout U Maine
3. Christopher Jin Northeastern
157 Top 3:
1. Justin Elias Roger Williams
2. Ryan Butler Roger Williams
3. Mike Forlenza Roger Williams
165 Top 3:
1. Jimmy Ryan Roger Williams
2. Luke Boroda Northeastern
3. Nick George Roger Williams
174 Top 3:
1. Parker Meytrott USMAPS
2. Shane Haddad Roger Williams
3. Jeffrey King UNH
184 Top 3:
1. Jack Wedholm USMAPS
2. Brandon Riggins STCC
3. Josh Lyle SUNY-Albany
197 Top 3:
1. Zach Belway Yale
2. Michael Robinson Yale
3. Brian Stapleton UMass
235 Top 3:
1. Victor Irwin EMCC
2. Karl Ravilus SUNY-Albany
3. Jon Cavaretta Roger Williams
285 Top 3:
1. Donavan Lozada STCC
2. Jaryn Villegas USMAPS
3. Alex Martin SUNY-Albany
Most Outstanding Wrestler – Sam Shames MIT