2017 National Champion Dan Del Gallo (149)

Southern Maine Finishes Third at PSU Jim Aguiar Invitational

Huskies' Rookie Brendan Weir Was Named the Most Outstanding Wrestler at the Jim Aguiar PSU Invitaitonal
Huskies' Rookie Brendan Weir Was Named the Most Outstanding Wrestler at the Jim Aguiar PSU Invitaitonal
PLYMOUTH, N.H.  – Freshman Brendan Weir (Easthampton, Mass./Hampshire Regional) rumbled his way through the 141-pound bracket dominating his opponents taking three wins by fall and a win by technical fall to earn a spot atop the podium and earning Outstanding Wrestler honors to highlight a strong third place finish by the University of Southern Maine Huskies wrestling team at the Jim Aguiar Invitational hosted Sunday by Plymouth State University.

Weir was one of three first place finishers for the Huskies and one of five place winners as Southern Maine scored 110 points to finish third out of nine teams.  Southern Maine finished behind a pair of nationally-ranked teams at the tournament New York University and Williams.  NYU ranked 24th in the latest D3 Coaches Poll won the tourney scoring 160.6 points, while Williams, ranked 16th, finished second with a score of 151.5 points.  Plymouth State finished fourth scoring 103.0 points, while Bridgewater State rounded out the top five, totaling 72 points. 

Joining Weir atop the podium of their respective weight classes were junior Daniel Del Gallo (Gardiner, Maine) and freshman Mike Risti (Limerick, Maine/Massabesic). Del Gallo, ranked sixth nationally at 149 pounds claimed his bracket, while Risti finished first in the 285-pound division. 

Junior CJ Luth (Milford, Conn./Foran) and freshman Casey Abshire (Lowell, Mass.) placed second and third at 157 and 125 pounds respectively. 

Weir opened the tourney pinning Scott Zimmerman of Plymouth State in 1:45, and then took a speedy win by fall over MIT's Nina Manning in 0:23 to advance to the semifinals.  In the semifinal round, Weir continued his domination earning a 20-3 technical fall over PSU's Zac Cassidy before downing American International College's Scott Coleman in the championship in 2:50.

Del Gallo cruised to the championship bout of the 149-pound bracket winning his first three matches by decision and major decision. In the championship, Del Gallo overpowered NYU's Ian Burke to take a 19-4 technical fall.  Receiving a bye into the quarterfinals, Risti claimed his title at 285-pounds earning pin, and a pair of wins by decision.  Risti, who pinned PSU's Alex Cesare in 3:50 to open the tourney, earned the title with a nail-biting 1-0 win over Bridgewater State's Tom Arsenault

Southern Maine returns to action Saturday (9:30 a.m.) at the New England Wrestling Association (NEWA) Duals hosted by Bridgewater State University in Bridgewater, Massachusetts.