GORHAM, Maine – Junior Peter Del Gallo (Gardiner, Maine) and sophomore Austin Shorey (Lebanon, Maine/Noble) of the University of Southern Maine Huskies' wrestling team are both in the national conversation in their respective weight divisions in the latest D3wrestle.com National Rankings.
Sitting at the top of the 125-pound rankings since November 21, Del Gallo has maintained his perch. A 2018 NCAA Division III National Qualifier, Del Gallo finished second at the 2018 NCAA Division Northeast Regional Championship to earn his entry into the National Championship field, and earned all-region status for the second time in his career. Del Gallo achieved a national ranking as high as two as a sophomore. Already a highly decorated student-athlete, Del Gallo earned 2017 New England Wrestling Association (NEWA) Rookie of the Year honors, and is a two-time All-NEWA Wrestler. Majoring in Exercise Science, Del Gallo recently earned William B. Wise Scholar-Athlete honors, and is a two-time NEWA All-Academic team selection.
Del Gallo is 8-1 with his lone loss due to a medical forfeit. Among his key victories this season, Del Gallo earned a 6-4 sudden victory win over the defending national champion Jay Albis earlier this season. Del Gallo has three wins by fall this season and earned a pin in 1:27 in his most recent match over Castleton's Frank Darwak on December 15. The Huskies' junior currently record of 82-7.
Shorey, who became the first Southern Maine rookie to earn a berth to the NCAA Division III National Championship last season, is listed among the honorable mention recipients in the latest poll. Shorey is 15-6 and is coming off of a strong 3-1 finish at the North/South Duals last weekend. Earning All-Region honors in 2017-18, Shorey was named the New England Wrestling Association Co-Rookie of the Year and was a second-team all-NEWA pick.
Southern Maine travels to Plymouth State University on Saturdya (10:00 a.m.) for the Jim Aguiar Invitational, and then will compete at the United States Coast Guard Academy Quad Meet on Sunday (12:00 p.m.).