2017 National Champion Dan Del Gallo (149)

Southern Maine Finishes Second at Ted Reese Invitational Championship

Daniel Del Gallo was one of four USM wrestlers to win his bracket at the Ted Reese Invitational
Daniel Del Gallo was one of four USM wrestlers to win his bracket at the Ted Reese Invitational

GORHAM, Maine  – Led by four first place finishes the University of Southern Maine Huskies scored 93.5 points to finish second in a strong field of 11 teams at the 2015 Ted Reese Invitational Championship Saturday afternoon at Hill Gymnasium.

The tournament is named in honor of Ted Reese, the founder of the University of Southern Maine wrestling program – the only NCAA wrestling program in the State of Maine.  Reese coached the Huskies' for six seasons.  A pioneer of the sport in the State of Maine, Reese has helped develop wrestling programs at Camden-Rockport, Georges Valley and Bonny Eagle. 

Freshmen Brendan Weir (Easthampton, Mass./Hampshire Regional) and Mike Risti (Limerick, Maine/Massabesic) joined junior captains Daniel Del Gallo (Gardiner, Maine) and CJ Luth (Milford, Conn./Foran) atop the podiums in their respective weight classes. 

Weir captured the 141-pound bracket defeating Lamont Wallace of Western New England by major decision 15-4. Weir had a tremendous day on the mat, three consecutive wins by fall to advance to the championship bout against Wallace. Weir opened the tournehy with a fall over Trinity's James Scalfani in 2:17, and then put MIT's Nina Manning to the mat in 1:00.  In the semifinals, Weir downed Plymouth State's Kyle Fletcher in 3:00.

Del Gallo, one of the top wrestlers in the nation at 149-pounds, showed his dominance in the championship bout winning by technical fall over UMaine's John Clark 22-6.  After receiving a bye in the first round, Del Gallo won back-to-back major decisions in the quarter final and semifinal rounds defeating Jack Reilly of Trinity 14-4 and Matthew Mawyb of RPI 18-5.

Returning All-Region wrestler, Luth cruised his way to a first-place spot at 157 pounds winning all three of his matches by technical fall.  After a first round bye, Luth started his tournament with a dominating 17-1 win over Yuri Gulak of Western New England.  In the semifinal, Luth powered his way to a 16-1 win over Trinity's Francis Corvino before downing Springfield Technical College's Josh Fontanez 17-1 to claim the top spot on the podium.

Risti continued his strong freshman season winning the 197-pound bracket.  Risti earned a hard-fought 3-1 decision in the championship match, coming from behind 1-0 in the third period to score three unanswered points on an escape and a take down, to defeat American International College's Sheldon Rhoden.  Risti opened the match with a pin against Trinity's Joseph Caggiano (2:43).  In the semifinals, Risti took a 7-1 decision over Springfield Tech's Domenic Liquori.

Senior Aaron Weiss (East Machias, Maine/St. Paul's School) also earned a spot on the podium for Southern Maine placing second at 174 pounds.  Weiss advanced to the championship but fell due to an medical forfeit.  Weiss earned a win by fall, a decision and a major decision en route to the championship match. 

            Southern Maine returns to action at the United States Coast Guard Academy Tri-Meet on Friday (4:00 p.m.).  The Huskies will take on Coast Guard and Roger Williams University

 

Team Scores: 1. Plymouth State 99.5  2.  Southern Maine 93.5 3. Trinity 82.0 4. Western New England 67.5  5. Maine 53.5  6. Springfield Tech 45.5  7. American International  41.5  8. Daniel Webster 28  9. MIT 22  10. RPI 20  11. UNH 16

 

USM `Ted Reese` Invitational Results for Southern Maine

College 125 - Casey Abshire

Champ. Round 1 - Casey Abshire (Southern Maine) won by decision over Joseph Morse (Daniel Webster) (Dec 7-2)

Quarterfinal - Tim McLinden (Western New England) won by tech fall over Casey Abshire (Southern Maine) (TF 21-4)

Cons. Round 2 - Casey Abshire (Southern Maine) won by fall over Brian LaValley (American International College) (Fall 3:54)

Cons. Round 3 - Casey Abshire (Southern Maine) won by fall over Matthew Chun (MIT) (Fall 3:47)

Cons. Semi - Andrew Saccone (Trinity) won by decision over Casey Abshire (Southern Maine) (Dec 6-3)

 

College 141 - Brendan Weir.

Champ. Round 1 - Brendan Weir (Southern Maine) won by fall over James Sclafani (Trinity) (Fall 2:17)

Quarterfinal - Brendan Weir (Southern Maine) won by fall over Nina Manning (MIT) (Fall 1:00)

Semifinal - Brendan Weir (Southern Maine) won by fall over Kyle Fletcher (Plymouth State) (Fall 3:00)

1st Place Match - Brendan Weir (Southern Maine) won by major decision over Lamont Wallace (Western New England) (Maj 15-4)

 

College 149 - Matthew Wheeler

Champ. Round 1 - Matthew Wheeler (Southern Maine) received a bye () (Bye)

Quarterfinal - John Clark (Maine-Orono) won by fall over Matthew Wheeler (Southern Maine) (Fall 4:37)

Cons. Round 2 - Matthew Wheeler (Southern Maine) received a bye () (Bye)

Cons. Round 3 - Nick Simeti (Plymouth State) won by fall over Matthew Wheeler (Southern Maine) (Fall 3:36)

 

College 149 - Daniel Del Gallo

Champ. Round 1 - Daniel Del Gallo (Southern Maine) received a bye () (Bye)

Quarterfinal - Daniel Del Gallo (Southern Maine) won by major decision over Jack Reilly (Trinity) (Maj 14-4)

Semifinal - Daniel Del Gallo (Southern Maine) won by major decision over Matthew Mawby (Rensselaer Polytechnic) (Maj 18-5)

1st Place Match - Daniel Del Gallo (Southern Maine) won by tech fall over John Clark (Maine-Orono) (TF 22-6)

 

College 157 - Cj Luth

Champ. Round 1 - Cj Luth (Southern Maine) received a bye () (Bye)

Quarterfinal - Cj Luth (Southern Maine) won by tech fall over Yuri Gulak (Western New England) (TF 17-1)

Semifinal - Cj Luth (Southern Maine) won by tech fall over Francis Corvino (Trinity) (TF 16-1)

1st Place Match - Cj Luth (Southern Maine) won by tech fall over Josh Fontanez (Springfield Tech) (TF 17-1)

 

College 174 - Aaron Weiss

Champ. Round 1 - Aaron Weiss (Southern Maine) received a bye () (Bye)

Champ. Round 2 - Aaron Weiss (Southern Maine) won by fall over Josh Barnard (Springfield Tech) (Fall 2:17)

Quarterfinal - Aaron Weiss (Southern Maine) won by decision over Justin Montgomery (Plymouth State) (Dec 1-0)

Semifinal - Aaron Weiss (Southern Maine) won by major decision over Moises Diaz (Plymouth State) (Maj 12-2)

1st Place Match - Matt Froio (Plymouth State) won by injury default over Aaron Weiss (Southern Maine) (Inj. 1:12)

 

College 184 - Steve Corio

Champ. Round 1 - Steve Corio (Southern Maine) received a bye () (Bye)

Quarterfinal - River Robertson (Maine-Orono) won by fall over Steve Corio (Southern Maine) (Fall 1:27)

Cons. Round 2 - Steve Corio (Southern Maine) won by major decision over Ray Douglas (Rensselaer Polytechnic) (Maj 12-1)

Cons. Round 3 - Jeffrey Fuller (Southern Maine) won by decision over Steve Corio (Southern Maine) (Dec 2-1)

 

College 184 - Jeffrey Fuller

Champ. Round 1 - Jeffrey Fuller (Southern Maine) received a bye () (Bye)

Quarterfinal - Bruce Mclee (Plymouth State) won by fall over Jeffrey Fuller (Southern Maine) (Fall 6:10)

Cons. Round 2 - Jeffrey Fuller (Southern Maine) received a bye () (Bye)

Cons. Round 3 - Jeffrey Fuller (Southern Maine) won by decision over Steve Corio (Southern Maine) (Dec 2-1)

Cons. Semi - Caleb Thompson (American International College) won by decision over Jeffrey Fuller (Southern Maine) (Dec 4-3)

 

College 184 - Aaron Pierce

Champ. Round 1 - Aaron Pierce (Southern Maine) received a bye () (Bye)

Quarterfinal - Caleb Thompson (American International College) won by fall over Aaron Pierce (Southern Maine) (Fall 2:27)

Cons. Round 2 - Aaron Pierce (Southern Maine) received a bye () (Bye)

Cons. Round 3 - Frank Soucy (MIT) won by fall over Aaron Pierce (Southern Maine) (Fall 1:42)

 

College 197 - Mike Risti

Champ. Round 1 - Mike Risti (Southern Maine) received a bye () (Bye)

Quarterfinal - Mike Risti (Southern Maine) won by fall over Joseph Caggiano (Trinity) (Fall 2:43)

Semifinal - Mike Risti (Southern Maine) won by decision over Domenic Liquori (Springfield Tech) (Dec 7-1)

1st Place Match - Mike Risti (Southern Maine) won by decision over Sheldon Rhoden (American International College) (Dec 3-1)

 

College 285 - Josh Andrews

Champ. Round 1 - Josh Andrews (Southern Maine) received a bye () (Bye)

Quarterfinal - Josh Andrews (Southern Maine) won by decision over Travis Hughes (Plymouth State) (Dec 5-1)

Semifinal - Matt Ferraro (Trinity) won by decision over Josh Andrews (Southern Maine) (Dec 5-3)

Cons. Semi - Dakoda Simula (Plymouth State) won by decision over Josh Andrews (Southern Maine) (Dec 3-2)

 

College 285 - Pierce Knorr

Champ. Round 1 - Lucian Cascino (Trinity) won by fall over Pierce Knorr (Southern Maine) (Fall 3:00)

Cons. Round 1 - Pierce Knorr (Southern Maine) received a bye () (Bye)

Cons. Round 2 - Angel Escalante (Plymouth State) won by decision over Pierce Knorr (Southern Maine) (Dec 8-6)

 

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