GORHAM, Maine – Sophomore Peter Del Gallo (Gardiner, Maine) and freshman Austin Shorey (Lebanon, Maine/Noble) of the University of Southern Maine Huskies' wrestling team completed their tournament runs at the 2018 NCAA Division III National Championship Tournament hosted by the Cleveland Public Auditorium in Cleveland, Ohio.
With each athlete competing in their first NCAA National Championship, Shorey, wrestling at 141, entered the tournament unseeded and went 0-2 in his first national competition. Up against the fourth-seed, David Flynn of Augsburg, Shorey fell by decision 7-2. Pushed into the consolation bracket and facing elimination, Shorey dropped a hard-fought 6-4 decision to Kevin Kelly of Loras College. Shorey, who earned All-Region honors placing third at the recent Northeast Regional Championship, completed his season with an outstanding 33-10 record, and is the first Southern Maine freshman wrestler to earn a bid to the NCAA Division III National Championship.
Opening with a decisive 15-7 major decision win against Wartburg's Brennen Doebel, Del Gallo posted a 1-2 record in his first NCAA bid. Seeded fourth at 125 pounds, Del Gallo's second match of the tourney pitted him against fifth-ranked Carlos Fuentez of Wheaton (Ill.). Down 6-4 with seconds remaining in regulation, Del Gallo tied up the match sending it to sudden victory, but fell 8-6. Still alive and in the second round of the consolation wrestle back, Del Gallo drew the top-seeded wrestler and 2017 runner-up and All-American CJ Pestrano of Central. In another closely contested match, Del Gallo led Pestrano 5-4 with seconds remaining before Pestrano scored the go-ahead points on a take down with three seconds left to earn the win.
Del Gallo finished his remarkable season with a 40-3 record, earning All-Region honors for the second time in his career, placing second at the 2018 Northeast Regional Championship.
2018 NCAA Division III Championships Results for University Of Southern Maine
Peter Del Gallo (40-3)
Champ. Round 1 - Peter Del Gallo (Southern Maine) 40-3 won by major decision over Brennen Doebel (Wartburg) 21-5 (MD 15-7)
Quarterfinal - Carlos Fuentez (Wheaton (IL)) 36-2 won in sudden victory - 1 over Peter Del Gallo (Southern Maine) 40-3 (SV-1 8-6)
Cons. Round 2 - Clarren Pestano (Central (IA)) 30-1 won by decision over Peter Del Gallo (Southern Maine) 40-3 (Dec 6-5)
Austin Shorey (33-10)
Champ. Round 1 - David Flynn (Augsburg) 20-5 won by decision over Austin Shorey (Southern Maine) 33-10 (Dec 7-2)
Cons. Round 1 - Kevin Kelly (Loras) 27-6 won by decision over Austin Shorey (Southern Maine) 33-10 (Dec 6-4)
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