HARTFORD, Conn. – Freshmen Jake Peavey claimed the 285-pound championship, and sophomore Leo Amabile (Waterboro, Maine/Massabesic) and Jared Garcia (Marshfield, Mass.) placed second and third respectively in their divisions to highlight the University of Southern Maine Huskies' wrestling team's performances at the 2019 New England Wrestling Association (NEWA) Futures Tournament Sunday afternoon hosted by Trinity College.
Competing at 125-pounds, Amabile put together a strong performance, finishing the tournament with a 3-1 record to earn a spot on the podium. Amabile opened his day with a 6-0 decision over Wesleyan's Greg Fischer, and then earned back-to-back wins by fall to advance to the championship. Amabile pinned Castleton's Kyle Kaluhiokalani in 2:04, and then took down another Spartan, Owen Kretschmer, in 1:13. In the championship match, Amabile dropped a 6-1 decision to Castleton's Frank Darwak.
Garcia posted a 4-1 record in the 157-pound bracket to place third. Defeating Castleton's Ryan Butcavage by decision 8-2 in his opener, Garcia wrapped up a dominant 15-0 win by technical fall over Roger Williams' Ryan Grebe in his second match. In the championship quarterfinal, Garcia dropped a narrow 8-7 decision to WPI's Eddie Hay, but bounced back in the consolation semifinals with an 8-1 win by decision over RWU's Nathaniel Lindsay to earn a spot in the third place match. Garcia claimed his podium spot by forfeit.
Peavy posted a perfect 4-0 record for his first place finish, opening the tourney with back-to-back pins. Peavy started with a pin of 2:05 over Castleton's David Wingate, and then took down Johnson & Wales' Jose Diaz in 6:45. In the championship semifinal, Peavy wrestled his way to a 7-2 win by decision over Norwich's Gabriel Duden before taking the title on a medical forfeit.
Southern Maine will be back in action next weekend at the NCAA Northeast Regional Championship hosted by Johnson & Wales University on Saturday and Sunday, February 23-24 (11:00 a.m.) at the Wildcat Center.