SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Led by second place finishes from junior Peter Del Gallo (Gardiner, Maine) and sophomore Austin Shorey (Lebanon, Maine/Noble) the University of Southern Maine Huskies placed third out of 15 competing teams at the 2018 Doug Parker Invitational hosted Saturday at Springfield College.
The Huskies had five wrestlers place in the top four of their respective weight classes to scored 97.5 points. Springfield College placed first with 111.5 points, followed by Centenary University finished second with 102.5 points. Junior Josh Smith (York, Maine) 165 and senior Mike Risti (Limerick, Maine/Massabesic) 285 each finished third, while junior Jared Garcia (Marshfield, Mass.) 149 placed fourth.
Ranked second in Division III at 125 pounds, Del Gallo rumbled his way into the finals, but had to submit a medical forfeit in the championship bout. Prior to the championship match, Del Gallo did not surrender a point against his three opponents, winning by major decision 8-0 over Williams' David Yeh, technical fall 15-0 over Springfield College's Robert Hartling, and decision 6-0 over Springfield's Christopher Trelli. Trelli is presently ranked seventh in New England.
Wrestling at 141 pounds, Shorey, ranked fifth in New England, won his first three matches to advance to the finals, including a 1:42 win by fall over Rhode Island College's Franky Roman, and a 13-3 major decision win over Colby Ems of East Stroudsburg in the semifinals. In the finals, Shorey dropped a narrowly contested 6-4 decision to fourth-ranked Springfield's Ryan Peters.
Southern Maine's 149-pound wrestler, Garcia posted a 3-2 record on the day to take fourth, including a 10-2 opening-round major decision over Springfield's Derek Wilson.
Wrestling at 165 pounds, Smith opened the tourney with a 10-1 major decision win over Dylan Millson of Williams, and bounced back from a narrow 4-2 loss to Coast Guard's Nick Remke, the top-ranked wrestler in New England, in the semifinals to earn a third place finish. Ranked fourth in New England, Risti placed third after winning his first two matches in a combined one minute and nine seconds. Wrestling at 285, Risti pinned East Stroudburg's Cory Harrison in 10 seconds, and then put Western New England's Nolan Hodgins to the mat in 59 seconds. After dropping his semifinal match by decision, Risti earned a win by fall over seventh ranked Ryan Higgins of Bridgewater State in 2:09.