GORHAM, Maine – Twenty-four hours after securing the match-winning pin in the University of Southern Maine Huskies' season-opening dual meet, Husky freshman Mike Risti (Limerick, Maine/Massabesic) has been named the inaugural Pilgrim Wrestling League Rookie of the Week for the 2015-2016 season.
Risti began his intercollegiate wrestling career with a bang earning a match-deciding victory in his first bout as a Husky. With his team trailing the Bridgewater State University Bears by five points, 24-19, the Huskies' heavyweight grappler overpowered his opponent, putting him to the mat in just 1:25 to claim the both the individual win and necessary points for a 25-24 Southern Maine team victory. Risti earned the win taking the offensive immediately scoring a takedown and a near fall just seconds into the bout, before earning his first collegiate pin over BSU senior Casey Enderlin.
Southern Maine returns to action next weekend at the East Stroudsburg University Open on Sunday, November 15. Weigh Ins begin at 7:00 a.m.