2017 National Champion Dan Del Gallo (149)

Del Gallo Remains Undefeated; Knocks Off Top Ranked Wrestler at 125

Peter Del Gallo advances to NCAA Regional Championship Semifinal to lead seven Huskies competing on day two.
Peter Del Gallo advances to NCAA Regional Championship Semifinal to lead seven Huskies competing on day two.

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

      197             Michael Curtis (Worcester Polytechnic) over Brandon Cousino (Southern Maine) (Dec 6-0)      3                 0

      285             Austin Shrewsbury (Worcester Polytechnic) over Mike Risti (Southern Maine) (SV-1 3-1)      3                 0

      125             Peter Del Gallo (Southern Maine) over Ben Zogby (Worcester Polytechnic) (MD 8-0)      0                 4

      133             Stephen Jendritz (Worcester Polytechnic) over Caleb Austin (Southern Maine) (Dec 4-0)      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

      174             Justin Stacy (Southern Maine) over Chase Lind (Worcester Polytechnic) (Dec 7-5)                                                                                                             


      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

      149             Exhibition: Jake Smith (Worcester Polytechnic) over Jared Garcia (Southern Maine) (Dec 3-2)      0                 0

      157             Exhibition: Ronan Ball (Worcester Polytechnic) over Joey LeClair (Southern Maine) (Fall 1:51)


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