WORCESTER, Mass. – Sophomores Peter Del Gallo (Gardiner, Maine) and Justin Stacy (Rochester, N.H./Marshwood) each earned two wins as the University of Southern Maine Huskies' wrestling team took on a pair of nationally-ranked opponents at the WPI Quad Meet Saturday afternoon.
Southern Maine dropped both of its dual meets, falling to No. 21 WPI 21-13, and No. 16 SUNY-Brockport 27-18. USM is 9-9 in dual meet competition this season.
Wrestling at 174 and ranked fifth individually in the latest New England Wrestling Association rankings, Stacy earned a hard-won 7-5 decision over WPI's Chase Lind. Stacy improved his overall record to 9-7 on the season taking another win by decision 8-5 over Richard Mills.
Ranked third/fifth nationally at 125, Del Gallo remained perfect on the season with his two wins. Earning an 8-0 major decision win against WPI's Ben Zogby, Del Gallo earned a key win against SUNY-Brockport's Jonathan Hass, gutting out a 4-3 win by decision. Haas, ranked first at 125 pounds in both the intermatwrestle.com and d3wrestle.com national polls, finished third at the 2017 NCAA Division III National Championships as a junior, and is a returning All-American. Del Gallo is now 31-0 overall this season.
USM junior Mike Risti (Limerick, Maine/Massabesic) went 1-and-1 on the day. Ranked sixth in the NEWA rankings, Risti took on third-ranked Austin Shrewsbury of WPI and narrowly fell, 3-1, in sudden victory. Against Brockport, Risti came away with his ninth win by fall, pinning Austin Dean in 5:01 after a powerful takedown.
Southern Maine will be at home this coming weekend (February 3), and will host Western New England, Trinity and SUNY-Sullivan in a quad meet.
No. 21 WPI 21, Southern Maine 13
184 Kolby Smith (Southern Maine) over Dan Wensley (Worcester Polytechnic) (Dec 5-4) 0 3
285 Austin Shrewsbury (Worcester Polytechnic) over Mike Risti (Southern Maine) (SV-1 3-1) 3 0
141 Austin Shorey (Southern Maine) over Andrew Ellis (Worcester Polytechnic) (Dec 8-1) 0 3
149 Jack Nigro (Worcester Polytechnic) over Brendan Weir (Southern Maine) (Dec 8-3) 3 0
157 Tyler Marsh (Worcester Polytechnic) over Zac Thompson (Southern Maine) (Fall 5:28) 6 0
165 Brendan Marion (Worcester Polytechnic) over Josh Smith (Southern Maine) (Dec 3-1) 3 0
133 Exhibition: Carter Lewis (Worcester Polytechnic) over Antoine Grace (Southern Maine) (MD 11-2) 0 0
133 Exhibition: Casey Abshire (Southern Maine) over Jake Tappen (Worcester Polytechnic) (TF 19-3 4:16) 0 0
141 Exhibition: Nathaniel Grimard (Southern Maine) over Evan Mackie (Worcester Polytechnic) (Dec 10-3) 0 0
No. 16 Brockport 27, Southern Maine 18
184 Thaddus Jeffries (B) Pinned Brandon Cousino (USM) 2:22
197 Triston Engle (B) Pinned Kolby Smith (USM) 5:54
285 Mike Risti (USM) Pinned Austin Dean (B), 5:01
125 Peter DelGallo (USM) Dec. Jonathan Haas (B), 4-3
133 Dillon Stowell (B) Pinned Caleb Austin (USM), 6:22
141 Zach Barker (B) Dec. Austin Shorey (USM).10-9
149 Sean Peacock (B) Pinned Jared Garcia (USM), 2:22
157 Corey Farrel (B) Dec. Zac Thompson (USM), 14-10
165 Jackson Bell (B) Dec. Josh Smith (USM),8-4
174 Justin Stacy (USM) Dec. Richard Mills (B). 8-5