2017 National Champion Dan Del Gallo (149)

Del Gallo Remains Undefeated; USM Places Second at Doug Parker Invitational

Del Gallo is undefeated with a pair of first place finishes
Del Gallo is undefeated with a pair of first place finishes


BRISTOL, R.I.  –  Sophomore Peter Del Gallo (Gardiner, Maine) remained undefeated improving his record to 11-0 en route to claiming first place in the 125 pound bracket to highlight another strong performance by the University of Southern Maine Huskies' wrestling team.  With Del Gallo leading the way seven Huskies finished placed at the 2017 Doug Parker Invitational Saturday afternoon hosted by Springfield College.

With seven place-winners, Southern Maine finished second out of 18 team scoring 116 points.  Wesleyan claimed the team title scoring 125.  Host Springfield College placed third with 106 points, followed by Coast Guard in fourth place with 104.5 points.

Caleb Austin placed sixth at 133 pounds, while junior Brendan Weir (Easthampton, Mass.), freshman Brandon Cousino (North Ferrisburgh, Vermont/Vergennes Union) and sophomore Justin Stacy (Rochester, N.H./Marshwood)  each placed fifth at 149, 197 and 174 pounds respectively. Junior Mike Risti (Limerick, Maine/Massabesic) and freshman Austin Shorey (Lebanon, Maine/Noble) both placed third at 141 and 285. Weir, Cousino, Risti and Shorey are earning spots in the top six of an invitational for the second time this season after all placing at the Roger Williams Invitational last weekend.

After dropping his first match of the day by decision 2-0 to Wesleyan's Tristan Stetson, Shorey won his next four matches to battle back for top-six contention, including a pair of wins by fall.  Austin earned a 6-1 decision over Western New England's Tim McLinden to earn a spot in the fifth place bout, before dropping a loss by technical fall to place sixth.

Weir opened with a dominating 17-2 technical fall over East Stroudsburg's Blake Cohen and an 8-0 major decision win over Williams' Jack Murphy before falling to American International's JoJo Gonzalez by fall.  After dropping his match to his AIC opponent, Weir won three straight to claim fifth, including a win by fall in 3:51 over Coast Guard's Pat Moynihan.

Cousino also won his first two matches before dropping a 10-2 major decision loss to second-ranked in-region Hunter Ayen of Springfield College.  Cousino charged back however winning his final three matched by fall, including a lightning fast twenty-five second win by fall over Cortland's Chris Halleran.

Dropping a narrow 3-1 decision to second-ranked in region AJ Aeberli of Coast Guard in his second match, Stacy came back to win three straight to claim fifth, including an 8-6 victory over Ryan Harty of Springfield in the fifth place bout.

Shorey won his first two matches of the day by major decision to advance to the championship semifinals of the 141 pound bracket, including a 15-2 win in his opening match over Alex Starr of Western New England.  Dropping a match by decision 7-2 to Centenary's Maxwell Nauta, Shorey returned to the mat in the third place bout and earned his third win by major decision of the day 11-3. 

Opening his day at 3-0 with a pair of wins by decision and a win by fall in 2:08 over Springfield Tech's Jered Escribano, Risti advanced to the championship semifinals to face top-ranked Isaiah Bellamy of Wesleyan. In the championship semis, Risti was narrowly defeated 3-1.  In the third place match, Risti earned a win by major decision over Nick Rivera of Centenary 13-4.

Ranked fourth/fifth nationally, and first in the region, Del Gallo overpowered all five of his opponents to claim his second first place title in as many invitational tournaments.  Opening with a trio of wins by fall, Del Gallo quickly advanced to a championship semifinal showdown against regionally-ranked (fifth) opponent Amir Daouk of Wesleyan.  Del Gallo continued his outstanding start to the season with an 11-2 major decision victory, advancing to the finals.  In the championship bout, Del Gallo faced off against another regionally-ranked opponent (fourth), Matt Morris of Williams.  Del Gallo again earned a win by major decision shutting out Morris 13-0

Southern Maine hosts the Ted Reese Invitational on Saturday, December 10 at the Costello Sports Complex in its next contest.