New England top 10 wrestling poll
Results of the New England Wrestling Association (NEWA) Division III coaches poll. Record and First Place Votes in Parentheses.
Week 4, Dec. 6
Team Rec Pts. LW
1. Roger Williams (16) 4-0 160 1
2. Johnson & Wales 1-0 150 2
3. Springfield 0-0 115 3
4. Coast Guard 1-0 112 4
5. WPI 3-0 109 5
6. Wesleyan 0-0 74 7
7. Southern Maine 3-1 55 6
8. Williams 0-0 45 8
9. Norwich Univ. 2-2 28 9
10. Castleton State 3-7 25 nr
NEWA Wrestler of the Week
Alec Golner (Tyngsborough, MA), senior, Roger Williams University, 165 pounds
Golner went 4-0 and won the New Standard Corporation Invitational hosted by York College in PA. The tournament featured 11 nationally ranked teams in Division III. Golner won his first match by pin and then won in the quarterfinals and semis by a combined 10-0. In the finals Golner beat last year’s NCAA Northeast Regional champion and the No. 3 ranked wrestler in the country, Nick Velez of Ithaca 8-3.
Rookie Wrestler of the Week
Peter Del Gallo (Gardiner, ME), freshman, Southern Maine, 125 pounds
Del Gallo went 4-0 and won the Ted Reese Invitational. He won two matches by pin and another by technical Fall. In the finals he beat Tyreek Staton of Castleton University, 8-3. This is Del Gallo’s third tournament win as he also won the Washington & Jefferson Invitational and the Doug Parker Tournament.
Sacred Heart 27, Davidson 11
At Davidson, N.C.
125 – Camden Bertucci (DC) pin Tim Johnson (SHU), 1:47
133 –Gerard Daly (SHU) dec. Dustin Runzo (DC), 5-3
141 – Brandon Levesque (SHU) dec. Hunter Costa (DC), 7-4
149 – Alex Harnsberger (SHU) major dec. Billy McClelland (DC), 8-0
157 – Aidan Conroy (DC) dec. Casey Mitchell (SHU), 3-1
165 –Matt Fisher (SHU) pin Noah Satterfield (DC), 2:47
174 –Mark Boyle (SHU) dec. Conor Fenn (DC), 9-4
184 –Elliott Antler (SHU) major dec. Konner Pritchard (DC), 12-3
197 – Sasha Oliinyk (SHU) major dec. Ryan Devlin (DC), 12-3
285 – Will Cooley (DC) dec. Dan Hayden (SHU), 3-2
* Davidson lost a team point for unsportsmanlike conduct
Appalachian State 43, Sacred Heart 0
At Davidson, N.C.
125 – Vito Pasone (APP) tech. fall Tim Johnson (SHU), 16-0
133 – Colby Smith (APP) major dec. Gerard Daly (SHU), 15-9
141 – Irvin Enriquez (APP) dec. Brandon Levesque (SHU), 5-2
149 – Matt Zovistoski (APP) major dec. Alex Harnsberger (SHU), 19-7
157 – Gavin Londoff (APP) dec. Casey Mitchell (SHU), 5-4
165 – Forrest Przybysz (APP) major dec. Matt Fisher (SHU), 14-4
174 – Nick Kee (APP) tech. pin Mark Boyle (SHU), 18-1
184 – David Peters-Logue (SHU) pin Elliott Antler (SHU), 1:15
197 – Randall Diabe (APP) dec. Sasha Oliinyk (SHU), 6-2
285 – Cary Miller (APP) pin Dan Hayden (SHU), 2:22
1. Bobby Jordan, Johnson & Wales
2. Matt Morris, Williams
3. Brian Amato, WPI
4. Nicholas Barbaria, Roger Williams
5. Earl Roberts, Coast Guard
6. Zack Murrill,o Wesleyan
1. Jay Albis, Johnson & Wales
2. Jacob Forsman, Norwich University
3. Joe Aumann, Plymouth State-
4. Ben Morton Williams
5. Steve Jendritz WPI
6. Steve Masi, Rhode Island College
1. Zak Hale, Castleton
2. Joe Ferinde, Johnson & Wales
3. Justin Cochran, Roger Williams
4. Pete Nash WPI
5. Brendan Weir, Southern Maine
6. Matt McAllister Coast Guard
1. Danny Downes-Roger Williams
2. Dan Del Gallo, Southern Maine
3. Brendan Seyfried Williams
4. Jack Nigro WPI
5. Matt Vieira Coast Guard
6. Carter Armendarez, Wesleyan
1. Ty Herzog Roger Williams
2. Chris Sullivan Coast Guard
3. Zach Joseph Springfield
4. CJ Luth Southern Maine
5. Dan McBrinn Johnson & Wales
6. Robert Rosenberg Wesleyan
1. Alec Golner Roger Williams
2. Mike Gargano Johnson & Wales
3. Mike Palomba Coast Guard
4. Geovanni Medina Springfield
5. Roy Forys Wesleyan
6. Pat McCurdy Norwich University
1. Steve Jarrell Johnson & Wales
2. Dan Fiorvanti Coast Guard
3. Lucas Muntz WPI
4. Dominic Pirraglia Wesleyan
5. Andrew Cole Western New England
6. Carl Sangree Williams
1. Joe Albina Roger Williams
2. Chris Perreault Plymouth State
3. Mike Labell Johnson & Wales
4. Dan Wensley WPI
5. Mike Gallagher Rhode Island College
6. David Rogers Norwich University
1. Devon Carrillo Wesleyan
2. Khamri Thomas Johnson & Wales
3. Phil Azzari Coast Guard
4. Martin Strenk Williams
5. Mike Curtis WPI
6. Victor Zabalu Rhode Island College
1. Kyle Foster Roger Williams
2. Austin Shrewsbury WPI
3. Frankie Girolamo Norwich University
4. Jonah Aurelio Johnson & Wales
5. Isaiah Bellamy Wesleyan
6. Mike Risti Southern Maine
College roundup, Dec. 6
At Air Force, Opsal leads nation with 9 pins
Air Force freshman Alec Opsal (New Fairfield) remains tied for first in the nation in pins with nine after getting two pins at the Bob Smith Open in Kansas. Opsal (125) went 4-2 on the day with two pins. He finished in the top six at 125 pounds. Opsal is 11-5 on the year for Air Force.
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At Franklin & Marshall, freshman Emmett LiCastri (157) has earned a spot in the starting lineup. He went 2-2 over the weekend at the Keystone Classic. He is currently 9-9 on the season.
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In front of the largest crowd that No. 11 Lehigh has ever wrestled in front of, No. 2 Penn State (3-0) won six of the final seven bouts to earn a 30-10 victory at home in University Park in front of 15,424 fans at the Bryce Jordan Center. Somers senior Doug Vollaro dropped an 8-4 decision to Penn State’s Nick Nevills at 284 pounds.
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In Davidson, N.C., Sacred Heart won seven of 10 bouts to earn their second win of the season with a 27-11 victory over host Davidson. The Pioneers (2-3) did drop a 43-0 decision to Appalachian State earlier in the day. Xavier’s Elliott Antler (184) picked up a win for Sacred Heart.
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Castleton University edged out the University of Southern Maine (USM) 143 to 138½ to win the Ted Reese Invitational. Plymouth State University was sixth with 60½, Trinity College was seventh with 45 and New England College was 11th with 21½ points.
Castleton won the 13-team field by placing eight wrestlers in the top four of their weight class. Zak Hale (141) and Jared Costa (165) both won their weight classes. Hale went 4-0 with a pin and two major decision victories. In the final he avenged a loss from earlier in the season beating Brendan Weir of USM 4-1 in the finals. Costa went 4-0 with two wins by technical fall. He beat Josh Smith of USM 16-0 in the semifinals and then beat Zac Thompson of USM 5-2 in the finals. Tyreek Staton continues his strong season with a second place finish at 125. Cam Milliken went 3-1 at 157 to take second. Milliken dropped a tough 4-1 match to CJ Luth (Milford) of USM in the finals. Zak Allen was second at 174. Allen went 2-1 and had a good semi-final win over Matt Froio of PSU. Joe Galusha was the last finalist for Castleton taking second at 197. Galusha went 3-1 and pinned Patrick Daly of JWU in the semifinals. Mitch LaFlam went 5-1 and took third at 184.
Southern Maine had three champions and nine place winners at the Ted Reese Invitational. Peter Del Gallo at 125, Dan Del Gallo at 149, and CJ Luth (Milford) at 157 all won championships. Dan Del Gallo was voted the Outstanding Wrestler of the tournament going 4-0. He had two pins, and won in the finals by technical fall over Jamiel Stapleton of JWU 25-6. Luth went 5-0 at 157 and did not give up an offensive point. Brendan Weir at 141 and Zac Thompson at 165 both finished second. Both wrestlers were 3-1. Josh Smith at 165 and Mike Risti at 285 both took third. Smith went 4-1 with two wins by technical fall and Risti went 5-1 with 3 pins in a very tough 285-pound weight class. The Huskies also beat Trinity in a dual 32-12 the night before the tournament.
Plymouth State had 4 place winners and took sixth. Joey Aumann at 133 and Matt Froio at 174 were both third. While Jonny Perreault at 149 and Justin Montgomery at 174 were both fourth. Aumann and Froio were both 4-1…Trinity College took seventh place and were led by Grant Sorensen who took third at 149. Sorensen went 5-1 with three pins.
Springfield College and Bridgewater State University went down to Messiah and wrestled in the Messiah Petrofes Invitational. Springfield finished fifth in the 14 team field and BSU was 12th. Springfield had eight wrestlers place in the top 8 of the tournament. Geovanni Medina (New Britain) at 174 and Severianel Burgos at 184 both took second. Burgos went 3-1 with two pins and beat Messiah’s Victor DeFrance 4-3 in the semifinals. Medina went 4-1 and beat Nick Miller of Mount Union in the semis 5-3. In the finals he lost to last year’s NCAA national champion Ben Swarr of Messiah 3-2. Ian Tolotti was third at 133. He went 4-1 with his only loss coming to the eventual champion Harris of Messiah. Tolotti pinned Carusillo of Gettysburg in 48 seconds to take third place. Nirchio at 133 and Fusco at 285 both took fifth going 4-2. Fusco had 4 pins.
Bridgewater State was led by Anthony Cote (Danbury) at 165 who took third and Henry Oberlander who was sixth at 184. Cote lost to Larry Cannon of Messiah in the semis a returning All American but went 4-1 to take third. He beat Jimmy Fratantoni of Muhlenberg twice and he beat Aarin Feliz of Springfield 14-6 by Major Decision. Feliz would place sixth. Oberlander went 3-3 to take sixth with one win by pin.
Rhode Island College beat Western New England University in a dual meet on Friday, 22-15. RIC was led by Mike Gallagher at 184 who in the second to last match beat John Boyle of WNEU 3-2 to seal the dual for the Anchormen. RIC won six of the 10 bouts. Zach Ford was able to get a pin for RIC and Davey Goodall countered with a pin for WNEU the next match. At 133 Mike Scaravilli of RIC beat Tim McLinden of WNEU 10-7. McLinden was a finalist at the Doug Parker tournament.
WPI, Wesleyan, and Norwich wrestled in the RIT Invitational in Rochester, N.Y., over the weekend. WPI finished tied for second with 121 points, Wesleyan was eighth with 61½ points, and Norwich was ninth with 58½ points in the 12-team field.
WPI had 10 place winners and were led by All American Brian Amato (Newington) who won the 125-pound championship. Mike Curtis at 197 and Austin Shrewsbury at 285 made the finals and took second. Amato went 4-0 and beat Nick DePierro of Scranton in the finals 9-4. Curtis was 3-1 at 197 only falling in the finals to the top seed Gage Gladysz of Thiel 9-6 in overtime. Curtis won 12-3 in the semis over Pjetri of Oneonta. Shrewsbury continues his impressive sophomore campaign going 4-1 and finishing second. He had two pins and a 14-4 major decision win over Lynd of Lycoming before falling 3-0 in the finals to returning All American James Bethel of Oneonta. Mike Aquino at 125 and Steve Jendritz at 133 both finished fourth, and teammates Ronan Bell at 149, Lucas Muntz (West Hartford) at 174, Andy Hubina (Newtown) at 197, and Nick Day at 285 were all fifth. Day went 6-2 at 285 to take fifth and Muntz had 3 pins and went 5-2 on the day. Jendritz beat Jacob Forsman of Norwich 10-6 on his way to finishing fourth.
Wesleyan had five wrestlers place at the tournament. Zack Murillo (Southington) was third at 125 and James Mattias continues his strong season taking fourth. Murrillo lost to Amato 5-2 but finished his day 5-1 and took third. Mattias went 5-2 and had a good 6-0 win over Messina of Oneonta. Tristan Stetson at 125, Dylan Jones at 133, and Isaiah Bellamy (Bozrah) at 285 all finished in sixth place. Bellamy won his first 3 matches including a 9-4 win over Girolamo of Norwich in the quarters. He then lost 4-3 to James Bethel of Oneonta in the semis. Bellamy was up and got taken down in the third period to lose to the returning ALL American and Region Champion. Bellamy was injured and Medically withdrew to sixth place.
Norwich finished in ninth and had two place winners in Joe Hennessey who was second at 184 and Jacob Forsmann who was fifth at 133. Hennessey continues his outstanding season with another finals appearance. Hennessey was 3-1 and had a win by pin and major decision. In the semis he beat Nick Greenquist of RIT 4-3. Forsman went 4-2 and took fifth. He had two wins by technical fall including beating Dylan Jones of Wesleyan 16-1 for fifth.
The New Standard Corporation Invitational hosted by York was a beast of a tournament. Eleven teams ranked in the top 30 competed at the event. Roger Williams finished second to Ithaca. The Hawks placed eight wrestlers top 5 and were led by Alec Golner who won the 165-pound championship.
The Hawks also had Justin Cochran down at 141 and Danny Downes at 149. Both wrestlers had been up to start the season. Cochran won his opening match and then lost to Drew Van Sickell of Stevens 3-2. Cochran wrestled back hard winning 5 matches in a row to reach the third place match. Along the way he beat Joe Ferinde of JWU, ranked No. 10 in the country. Cochran came out on top 4-1. He also pinned Greg Warner of York in 58 seconds. Warner was an All-American last year and currently ranked fourth in the country. Cochran would finish fourth falling to Nick Wahba of Ithaca 6-5. Downes won his first three matches before finishing second. In the semifinals, he beat teammate and freshmen standout Tyler Gazaway 10-6. In the finals he lost to Schneider of Ithaca who is currently ranked No. 7 nationally. Ty Herzog was second at 157 and Kyle Foster (Somers) was second at 285. Herzog went 4-1 on the day and avenged an earlier loss by beating Chris Sullivan of the Coast Guard 16-6 in the semifinals. Foster went 4-1 losing to Zach Roseberry of Delaware Valley in the finals. Freshmen Taylor Shay (New Fairfield) was impressive finishing third at 174. Shay has had a great freshmen season and continues to get stronger. Shay lost to the eventual champ Schweiger of Delaware Valley 7-4 but had a record of 6-1 on the day enroute to his third place finish. Shay won by tech fall in the third place match over Blake Rosenbaum of Ferrum 18-2. Tyler Gazaway was fifth at 149 and Joe Albino was fourth at 184. Albina lost to the eventual champ Ashcraft in the semifinals 4-3. Albina had two pins on the day and went 4-2. Gazaway won his first 3 matches before falling to his teammate Downes in the semifinals. He came back and beat Collin Saunders of Ferrum 10-4 for fifth.
Johnson and Wales finished in fourth place a half a point behind Stevens. JWU placed seven wrestlers at York. They also sent their second squad to the Ted Reese and placed four wrestlers there. Pete Hailer at 184 won the Ted Reese Invitational for the Wildcats and Jamiel Stapleton placed second at 149. They also had Pat Daly place third at 197 and Tony Deaguero place fourth at 157. Hailer went 4-0 with a win by pin and techfall. Stapleton won his first three matches by pin before falling to Del Gallo in the finals. At York, Stephen Jarrell and Mike Labell both finished second for the Wildcats. Labell was back in the lineup for the first time this year. Labell pinned his first two opponents including Deuly Espinal of Cortland the No. 1 seed. In the semis he beat Zek Lehman of Baldwin Wallace 14-3. Jarrell won his first 3 matches to make the finals. He fell 9-3 in overtime to Ben Schwieger of Del Val. Bobby Jordan at 125 and Jay Albis at 133 were both third. Jordan went 6-1 with three pins and a win over Murray of Stevens in the third place match 3-1. Jordan is now 2-1 vs Murray this year and both wrestlers are ranked nationally. Albis finished third at his third tournament this year and each of his loses have come to Troy Stannich of Stevens who is ranked #2 in the country. Albis beat Jimmy Kaishan of Ithaca in the third place match 15-9. Kaishan is ranked No. 7 at 125 and was an All American last year. Khamri Thomas (Windsor Locks) was fourth at 197, Mike DiNardo was sixth at 197, and Dan McBrinn was fifth at 157. McBrinn wrestled 8 times and went 6-2 and Khamri Thomas was in action for the first time this year. Thomas lost early then won five in a row including a win over Strenk of Williams 8-2. Thomas would lose in the third place match to Kowal of Stevens who was an All American last year.
Coast Guard finished ninth as a team at the New Standard Invitational. Three place winners led the Bears; Chris Sullivan was third at 157, Nick Remke was fourth at 165, and A.J. Aeberli was fifth at 165. Sullivan went 5-1 with 3 pins. He pinned Logan Meister of Ferrum in the third place match. Meister was an All American last year. Nick Remke was fourth at 165 with both of his loses coming to Brendan Dent of Cortland. Remke beat his teammate AJ Aeberli 6-5 in the consi-semifinals. Aeberli then won the fifth place match over Andrew Tolbert of Ferrum 7-6. Remke finished 5-2 on the day and was named the Pilgrim League rookie of the week for his performance.
Williams College was led by Matt Morris at 125 and Martin Strenk at 197 both of whom placed fifth. Morris lost in the quarters to last years region finalist Andrew Roden 10-3. He beat Chris Doyle of Baldwin Wallace 10-8 for fifth. Strenk won his first three matches before falling to the eventual champion Engle by techfall. Strenk would go 4-2 on the day highlighted by a pin in 3:44 over DiNardo of JWU in the fifth place match.