ROCHESTER, NY – Freshman Brandon Cousino (North Ferrisburgh, VT/Vergennes Union) earned three wins, and sophomore Peter Del Gallo (Gardiner, Maine) remained perfect on the season with two dominant performances and a win by forfeit to lead the University of Southern Maine Huskies to a trio of dual match wins at the Tiger Duals hosted by RIT this Saturday.
Southern Maine defeated Oneonta State 26-19, and host RIT 32-21 before dumping Penn Tech 44-9. With the three wins, the Huskies are now 15-9 on the season in head-to-head competition, and have won six straight.
Wrestling at 197 pounds, Cousino dominated his opponents winning each match by fall. Cousino picked up a quick pin over RIT's Matt Cicco, putting his foe to the mat in just 37 seconds. Cousino's win over Cicco was key as his six points gave USM a 29-21 lead over the Tigers as USM led by just two, 23-21, and had lost its last four bouts. Against Penn Tech, Cousino pinned Jared Mooney in 2:16 scoring the Huskies' final points in the 44-9 win. Against Oneonta State, Cousino's pin over Timothy Flower in 4:57 was critical giving USM a 26-13 advantage before the final match of the day. With the three wins, Cousino, ranked sixth in the NEWA Regional Rankings, is now 25-14
Ranked second nationally at 125 pounds, Del Gallo kept his 2017-18 record unblemished, with three wins, and is now 35-0. Taking one win by forfeit in USM's rout of Penn Tech, Del Gallo asserted himself in his first two matches of the day earning a win by fall and a technical fall. Del Gallo dropped RIT's Andrew Flanagan in 1:25 to snag his tenth pin of the season. Against Oneonta State, Del Gallo shut out his opponent Andrew Desousa 16-0 in 3:22 for the technical fall.
Southern Maine will return to action on Sunday, February 18 at the New England Wrestling Association Futures Tournament. The following weekend, the Huskies will compete at the NCAA Northeast Regional Championship with bids to the NCAA National Championship on the line.