2017 National Champion Dan Del Gallo (149)

Four Huskies Through to Day Two of the NCAA Northeast Regional Championship

Four Huskies Through to Day Two of the NCAA Northeast Regional Championship

PROVIDENCE, R.I.   –  Led by nationally-ranked no. 2 junior Peter Del Gallo (Gardiner, Maine), the University of Southern Maine Huskies wrestling team advanced four grapplers on to day two of the 2019 NCAA Division III Northeast Regional Championship hosted by Johnson & Wales University this Saturday and Sunday, February 23-24 a the Wildcat Center in Providence, R.I.

      Ranked number two in the nation at 125 pounds, Del Gallo, the second-seed in the tourney, wrestled his way into the championship semifinals, opening the tournament with a pair of wins by fall over Bridgewater State's Wilson Gomes in 4:41, and Trinity's Finn McGovern in 3:41.  In the championship quarterfinal, Del Gallo earned a dominant 10-0 major decision win over Nicholas Camacho of Castleton.  Del Gallo faces off against Wesleyan's Zack Murillo tomorrow with a spot in the championship bout on the line. 

      Senior Brendan Weir (East Hampton, Mass./Hampshire Regional) is in the consolation quarterfinals of the 149 pound bracket. After opening with a 9-8 win over Norwich's Tyler Barker, Weir dropped an 11-3 major decision to Roger Williams' Ryler Gazaway. Weir bounced back with a hard-won 6-4 decision over Williams' Alex Pankhurst to stay alive.  Still in contention for all-region honors and a shot at potentially qualifying with a third place finish, Weir continues tomorrow with a match against Wesleyan's Shane Ross. 

      Sophomores Austin Shorey (Lebanon, Maine/Noble) and Juan Vernaza (Miramar, Fla./Somerset Academy) are also both still alive after day one.  Shorey, a 2018 all-region wrestler and NCAA qualifier, remains in the hunt for a top three finish, posting a 2-1 record on day one.  Shorey won his first match 15-11 over Coast Guards John FitzPatrick before dropping a 6-0 decision to Joseph Rossetti of Williams in the quarterfinals.  In the wrestle-back, Shorey stayed alive with a 6-5 win over Castleton's Jason Ashline. Shorey will take on Chris Fuschetto of Roger Williams in his next match.

      Vernaza, competing at 165 pounds, bounced back from an opening round loss, 5-2 to top seed Taylor Shay of Roger Williams, to earn back-to-back wins over New England College's Gianni Oyadomari 5-2, and Williams' Yo Akiyama 2-1 in a tie-breaker. Vernaza's next opponent is Brendan Marion of WPI.

      Wrestlers who place in the top three of their respective weight divisions will earn a berth into the NCAA Division III National Championship in Roanoke, Virginia, March 8-9 at the Berglund Center. Action begins again tomorrow at 10:00 a.m.

     

Southern Maine Results – Day 1 – NCAA Division III Northeast Regional

125

Peter Del Gallo

Prelim - Peter Del Gallo (Southern Me.) 3-0 won by fall over Wilson Gomes (Bridgewater St.) 12-19 (Fall 4:41)

Champ. Round 1 - Peter Del Gallo (Southern Me.) 3-0 won by fall over Finn McGovern (Trinity (CT)) 1-2 (Fall 3:41)

Quarterfinal - Peter Del Gallo (Southern Me.) 3-0 won by major decision over Nicholas Camacho (Castleton) 18-8 (MD 10-0)

 

133

Brad Beaulieu

Champ. Round 1 - Jacob Forsman (Norwich) 2-0 won by fall over Brad Beaulieu (Southern Me.) 0-2 (Fall 3:30)

Cons. Round 1 - Austin Roche (Western New Eng.) 10-16 won by decision over Brad Beaulieu (Southern Me.) 0-2 (Dec 12-6)

 

141

Austin Shorey

Champ. Round 1 - Austin Shorey (Southern Me.) 2-1 won by decision over John FitzPatrick (Coast Guard) 8-13 (Dec 15-11)

Quarterfinal - Joseph Rossetti (Williams) 2-0 won by decision over Austin Shorey (Southern Me.) 2-1 (Dec 6-0)

Cons. Round 2 - Austin Shorey (Southern Me.) 2-1 won by decision over Jason Ashline (Castleton) 17-21 (Dec 6-5)

 

149

Brendan Weir

Champ. Round 1 - Brendan Weir (Southern Me.) 2-1 won by decision over Tyler Barker (Norwich) 1-2 (Dec 9-8)

Quarterfinal - Tyler Gazaway (Roger Williams) 2-0 won by major decision over Brendan Weir (Southern Me.) 2-1 (MD 11-3)

Cons. Round 2 - Brendan Weir (Southern Me.) 2-1 won by decision over Alex Pankhurst (Williams) 1-2 (Dec 6-4)

 

157

Zac Thompson

Prelim - Zac Thompson (Southern Me.) 2-2 won by decision over Devin Winn (Bridgewater St.) 10-8 (Dec 5-2)

Champ. Round 1 - Thomas Grippi (JWU) 18-15 won by decision over Zac Thompson (Southern Me.) 2-2 (Dec 4-3)

Cons. Round 1 - Zac Thompson (Southern Me.) 2-2 won by decision over Kevin Lyskawa (Trinity (CT)) 0-2 (Dec 14-8)

Cons. Round 2 - Ryan Harty (Springfield) 2-1 won by decision over Zac Thompson (Southern Me.) 2-2 (Dec 8-1)

 

165

Juan Vernaza.

Champ. Round 1 - Taylor Shay (Roger Williams) 2-0 won by decision over Juan Vernaza (Southern Me.) 2-1 (Dec 5-2)

Cons. Round 1 - Juan Vernaza (Southern Me.) 2-1 won by decision over Gianni Oyadomari (New England Col.) 0-2 (Dec 9-3)

Cons. Round 2 - Juan Vernaza (Southern Me.) 2-1 won in tie breaker - 1 over Yo Akiyama (Williams) 1-2 (TB-1 2-1)\

 

 

174

Raul Gierbolini

Champ. Round 1 - Izaake Zuckerman (NYU) 28-9 won by decision over Raul Gierbolini (Southern Me.) 0-2 (Dec 6-4)

Cons. Round 1 - Marco Gaita (Wesleyan (CT)) 15-12 won by fall over Raul Gierbolini (Southern Me.) 0-2 (Fall 2:53)

 

184

Josh Smith

Prelim - Josh Smith (Southern Me.) 2-2 won by major decision over Mike Tanguay (New England Col.) 0-2 (MD 14-1)

Champ. Round 1 - Michael Gallagher (Rhode Island Col.) 2-1 won by decision over Josh Smith (Southern Me.) 2-2 (Dec 3-1)

Cons. Round 1 - Josh Smith (Southern Me.) 2-2 won by fall over Robert Fryar II (Bridgewater St.) 1-11 (Fall 3:44)

Cons. Round 2 - Jason Hoffman (Castleton) 15-7 won by fall over Josh Smith (Southern Me.) 2-2 (Fall 2:01)

 

197

Brandon Cousino

Prelim - Brandon Cousino (Southern Me.) 2-2 won by fall over Teyler Hiestand (New England Col.) 0-2 (Fall 0:41)

Champ. Round 1 - Jack La Corte (NYU) 24-3 won by decision over Brandon Cousino (Southern Me.) 2-2 (Dec 10-4)

Cons. Round 1 - Brandon Cousino (Southern Me.) 2-2 won by decision over Josh Nelson (Western New Eng.) 14-14 (Dec 7-4)

Cons. Round 2 - Sebastian Dziadkiewicz (Williams) 2-1 won by decision over Brandon Cousino (Southern Me.) 2-2 (Dec 6-3)

 

285

Mike Risti (1-2)

Champ. Round 1 - Mike Risti (Southern Me.) 1-2 won by fall over Jordan Zanni (Rhode Island Col.) 0-2 (Fall 1:24)

Quarterfinal - Jesse Webb (Castleton) 31-7 won by decision over Mike Risti (Southern Me.) 1-2 (Dec 3-2)

Cons. Round 2 - Ryan Higgins (Bridgewater St.) 26-9 won by decision over Mike Risti (Southern Me.) 1-2 (Dec 2-1)

 

       

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