PROVIDENCE, RI – Junior Brendan Weir (Easthampton, Mass./Hampshire Regional) won three matches to highlight the University of Southern Maine Huskies in their competition at the Johnson and Wales University Quad Meet this Sunday.
The Huskies finished the day with one victory, a 56-0 win over Norwich, against a pair of losses to nationally-ranked opponents. USM fell to the No. 4 Johnson and Wales Wildcats 38-9, and to the No. 20 United States Coast Guard Academy Bears 25-18. The Huskies' entered the D3Wrestling.Com Top 30 poll this week and are ranked 29th. USM has a record of 7-5 in dual meet action this season.
Dropping a closely contested match to the Bears in their first match of the day, the Huskies had wins from Weir, freshman Austin Shorey, junior Mike Risti (Limerick, Maine/Massabesic) and sophomore Peter Del Gallo (Gardiner, Maine). Wrestling at 141 pounds, Shorey earned USM's first points of the day pinning CGA's JD FitzPatrick in 2:50, Weir earned a 17-1 technical fall at 149 pounds over Patrick Moynihan to give USM an 11-6. CGA would win the next five bouts to assume control, 25-11. Risti picked up a big win at 285, with a 6-5 sudden victory decision over Patrick Irwin, before Del Gallo closed out the match with an 8-1 win over Parker Brunkala at 125. The match was the lone competition of the day for Del Gallo, who remained undefeated on the season with a 3-0 mark on the day. Del Gallo earned wins by forfeit over JWU and Norwich, and is now 25-0.
Against JWU, Weir earned a hard-won decision over Jordan Robinson 5-2 to score three of the Huskies' nine points. In their final bout of the day, the Huskies routed Norwich 56-0. USM won five of its matches by fall, and one by technical fall. Shorey earned his second win of the day pinning Michael Mucciarone in 2:00, while also picked up his second win putting Michael Wagner to the mat in 6:58.
Southern Maine returns to action next Sunday, competing at the New England Wrestling Association (NEWA) Duals.