GORHAM, Maine – Led by four second place finishes the University of Southern Maine Huskies finished third in the 15-team 2018 Ted Reese Invitational Saturday afternoon at the Costello Sports Complex. Ten Husky grapplers placed in the top six of their respective weight classes to score 122.5 points.
The United States Coast Guard Academy Bears won the team title scoring 174.5 points, followed by Castleton University with 139.5 points. New York University finished fourth behind the Huskies with 104 points, and Johnson and Wales placed fifth with 54.5 points.
Sophomores Leo Amabile (125 lbs) (Waterboro, Maine/Massabesic), Bradley Beaulieu (133 lbs) (Waterboro, Maine/Marshwood), Raul Gierbolini (174 lbs) (Carolina, Puerto Rico), and Austin Shorey (141 lbs) (Lebanon, Maine) each earned second place finishes to lead the Huskies.
Seniors Brendan Weir (149) (Easthampton, Mass./Hampshire Regional) and Mike Risti (Limerick, Maine/Massabesic) and sophomore Juan Vernanza (165 lbs) (Miramar, Fla./Somerset Academy) each placed third. Junior Jared Garcia (Marshfield, Mass.) and freshman Jakob Peavey (South China, Maine/Erskine Academy) both placed fifth at 149 and 285 lbs respectively, while sophomore Antoine Grace (Queensbury, N.Y.) earned a sixth place finish at 125 pounds.
Amabile earned his first two wins on the day by fall, pinning Castleton's Macon Edwards in 6:45 and then defeating Plymouth State's Will Jarvis in 0:51. In the semifinals, Amabile earned a 3-0 decision over Owen Kretschmer to advance to the final, before dropping a close 5-3 decision in the championship to top-seeded Parker Brunkala of Coast Guard.
Receiving an opening round bye, Beaulieu took a 14-5 major decision over Caig Sampson of Johnson & Wales to advance to the semifinals, and then defeated Coast Guard's Allan Beato 4-0 to vault into the finals before losing by fall to Castleton's Michael Gonyea .
Shorey was dominant in his first three matches of the day, opening with a win by fall in 59 seconds against Castleton's Ethan Ives, and then taking a 15-2 major decision over STCC's David Ortiz. In the semifinals, Shorey picked up his second pin of the day, putting Castleton's Jason Ashline to the mat in 6:21. Ranked fifth in New England, Shorey dropped a narrow 4-3 decision to Castleton's Max Temple in the championship. Temple is the top ranked wrestler at 141 pounds in New England\
Opening with a 1:44 win by fall in his first match over MIT's Brendan O'Neill, Gierbolini went on to win a pair of matches by decision, including an 8-4 win over Roger William's Travis Arata to earn a spot in the finals. In his championship match, Gierbolini dropped an 8-2 decision to Coast Guard's A.J. Aeberli, the second ranked wrestler in New England at 174 pounds.
Southern Maine is at Rhode Island College on Saturday (11:00 a.m.) for a tri-match with Plymouth State University.