2017 National Champion Dan Del Gallo (149)

Peter Del Gallo Heads to National Championship - Shorey, Weir and Vernaza Join Del Gallo On The Podium

USM junior Peter Del Gallo returns to NCAA National Championship for the second straight season.
USM junior Peter Del Gallo returns to NCAA National Championship for the second straight season.

 

 

 

PROVIDENCE, R.I.   –  Southern Maine junior Peter Del Gallo (Gardiner, Maine) is headed to the NCAA Division III National Championship for the second straight year.  

Nationally-ranked in NCAA Division III in the 125-pound division, Del Gallo punched his ticket to Roanoke, Virginia gutting out a third-place finish at the 2019 NCAA Division III Northeast Regional Championship hosted by Johnson & Wales University this weekend at the Wildcat Center in Providence, R.I. 

Joining Del Gallo on the podium were Husky teammates senior Brendan Weir (East Hampton, Mass./Hampshire Regional), and sophomores Austin Shorey (Lebanon, Maine/Noble) and Juan Vernaza (Miramar, Fla./Somerset Academy).  Weir placed sixth at 149 pounds, while Shorey placed fifth at 141 pounds.  Vernaza, seeded 16th to open the tourney, placed seventh at 165 pounds to earn All-Region honors for the first time in his career. 

Del Gallo finished the weekend with a 5-1 record, including four wins by fall.  During the first day of competition, Del Gallo posted back-to-back pins over Wilson Gomes of Bridgewater State (4:41), and Finn McGovern of Trinity (3:41) before earning a 10-0 major decision win over Castleton's Nicholas Camacho to vault into the regional semifinal.  During day two, Del Gallo suffered a narrow 2-1 decision to Wesleyan's Zach Murillo. The Huskies' junior bounced back, however, winning his next two matched by way of the pin to earn All-Region honors for the third time in his career.  In the wrestle-back semifinals, Del Gallo took down Western New England's Nicholas Aroborio in just 22 seconds to earn a spot in the third place match with a spot in the national championship tournament up for grabs. Del Gallo secured his second trip to the championship tournament by way of the pin, downing Roger Williams' Kyle Kaiser in 6:27.  Del Gallo's four pins were the most by any wrestler at the championship.  

With Del Gallo's berth into the NCAA Division III National Championship, USM Wrestling has sent a wrestler to the championship tourney each year since 2014. Del Gallo is one of five Husky wrestlers to make multiple appearances at nationals during their career joining former Southern Maine greats Adam Farrington (1999, 2001), Mike Morin (2008, 2009, 2010), Jon Deupree (2014, 2015) and Dan Del Gallo (2015, 2016, 2017).     

Wrestlers who place in the top three of their respective weight divisions at the Northeast Regional Championship earned a berth into the NCAA Division III National Championship in Roanoke, Virginia, March 8-9 at the Berglund Center. 

 

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

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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)

Semifinal - Zack Murillo (Wesleyan (CT)) 27-8 won by decision over Peter Del Gallo (Southern Me.) 5-1 (Dec 2-1)

Cons. Semi - Peter Del Gallo (Southern Me.) 5-1 won by fall over Nicholas Arborio (Western New Eng.) 29-8 (Fall 0:22)

3rd Place Match - Peter Del Gallo (Southern Me.) 5-1 won by fall over Kyle Kaiser (Roger Williams) 4-2 (Fall 6:27)

 

 

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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)

 

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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)

Cons. Round 3 - Austin Shorey (Southern Me.) 4-2 won by fall over Chris Fuschetto (Roger Williams) 2-3 (Fall 5:51)

Cons. Semi - Ryan Peters (Springfield) 3-2 won by decision over Austin Shorey (Southern Me.) 4-2 (Dec 8-2)

5th Place Match - Austin Shorey (Southern Me.) 4-2 won by fall over John (J.D.) FitzPatrick (Coast Guard) 9-15 (Fall 1:21)

 

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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)

Cons. Round 3 - Brendan Weir (Southern Me.) 3-3 won by decision over Shane Ross (Wesleyan (CT)) 23-14 (Dec 3-1)

Cons. Semi - Max Tempel (Castleton) 33-6 won by decision over Brendan Weir (Southern Me.) 3-3 (Dec 1-0)

5th Place Match - Kearney Gutierrez (Springfield) 4-2 won by decision over Brendan Weir (Southern Me.) 3-3 (Dec 7-1)

 

 

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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)

 

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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)

Cons. Round 3 - Brendan Marion (WPI) 3-3 won by fall over Juan Vernaza (Southern Me.) 3-2 (Fall 2:13)

7th Place Match - Juan Vernaza (Southern Me.) 3-2 won by decision over Fox Maxwell (Bridgewater St.) 23-13 (Dec 8-3)

 

 

 

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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)

 

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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)

 

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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)

 

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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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