PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Sophomore Leo Amabile (Waterboro, Maine/Massabesic) claimed the top spot on the podium with a perfect 3-0 record to lead the University of Southern Maine Huskies to a fourth place finish at the 2018 Jim Aguiar Invitational hosted by Plymouth State University.
Southern Maine scored 50 points to place fourth out of 10 teams, and had four wrestlers place in the top three of their respective weight divisions. Johnson and Wales scored 94 points to take the team titled followed by Roger Williams University in second place with 64.5 points. Bridgewater State placed third with 52.5 points.
Joining Amabile on the podium was Antoine Grace (Queensbury, N.Y.), sophomore Brandon Cousino (North Ferrisburgh, Vermont/Vergennes Union) and freshman Sam Strozier (Wiscasset, Maine). Grace finished second to Amabile at 125 pounds, while Cousino finished as the runner up in 197 pounds. Strozier took third in the 174 pound bracket.
Amabile was dominant in his first two matches earning a technical fall over Bridgewater State's Shawn Farrell 17-2, and then earning a win by fall in 2:07 against Castleton's Macon Edwards to advance to the championship. Grace also advanced to the championship, pinning Bridgewater State's Lucas Purpora in 5:53 to open the tourney before gutting out a 14-13 decision against BSU's Wilson Gomes in the semifinals. Grace was defeated by Amabile by medical forfeit.
Cousino advanced to the championship of the 197 pound bracket with a 6-2 decision over Maine Maritime Academy's Devon Lancaster, and then took a 9-1 major decision against Castleton's Spencer Kozlak. In the championship round, Cousino dropped a 9-4 decision to Johnson & Wales' Tommy Wrzesien.
Strozier posted a 3-1 record on the day to earn a third place finish. After dropping his first match, 14-4 by major decision to Roger Williams' Eli Wilson, Strozier won the next three matches to earn a podium spot. He pinned BSU's Wilfredo David in 6:38, and then earned another win by fall in 2:27 over Castleton's Zach Veleas. In the third place match, Strozier avenged his loss to Wilson with an 11-6 win by decision.
Southern Maine is back in action tomorrow at the United States Coast Guard Academy Quad Meet with Johnson & Wales, and Norwich University. Action is set to begin at 12:00 p.m.