Riding the momentum from his first wrestling tournament win of the season, Springfield College junior Joey Grippi made it two in a row. Grippi, a 2009 Fox Lane graduate, won the 141-pound weight class at the Petrofes Invitational, hosted by Messiah (Pa.) College. Teammate and 2009 Ardsley graduate Derrick Longo won the 165-pound championship. Grippi, seeded second, won a decision over top-seeded Josh Malave of Mount Union, 3-1 in the final. This came after a 2-0 semi-final win over sixth-seeded Victor Bracey, also of Messiah. Staying focused coming into the tournament was important because it was a long trip and it was a two-day tournament, said Grippi, who won the Doug Parker Invitational before Thanksgiving. I knew I was going to wrestle close, tough matches so I prepared myself for this by wrestling tough.
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