GORHAM, Maine – After finishing third at the 2019 NCAA Division III Northeast Regional Championship, University of Southern Maine Huskies' junior Peter Del Gallo (Gardiner, Maine) joined a small and elite group of USM wrestlers while earning his place in the 2019 NCAA National Championship.
When Del Gallo pinned Roger Williams' Kyle Kaiser in 6:27 in the third-place bout, not only did he secure his spot for the 2019 NCAA Division III National Championship, but he became just the fifth Southern Maine wrestler to make multiple appearances at nationals during their career – joining former Husky standouts Adam Farrington (1999, 2001), Mike Morin (2008, 2009, 2010), Jon Deupree (2014, 2015) and his brother, 2017 NCAA Division III National Champion, Dan Del Gallo (2015, 2016, 2017).
Nationally-ranked at 125 pounds for the entire 2018-2019 season, Del Gallo's pin over Kaiser gave him four pins on the tourney – the most by any wrestler at the regional championship. The Husky junior finished the NCAA Regional Championship with a record of 5-1, with four wins by fall and one win by major decision. Del Gallo will head to Roanoke, Virginia's Berglund Center – the host site of the 2019 NCAA Division III National Championship – with a season record of 21-2.
With action beginning on Friday, March 8, the NCAA recently announced its championship brackets, and Del Gallo, presently ranked seventh nationally at 125-pounds by intermatwrestle.com, has earned the sixth seed and will face Brockport's Matt Caccamise (17-3) in his opening round match. The 125-pound bracket is a tough one and features returning 2018 national champion and 2019 top-seed Jay Albis of Johnson & Wales, and returning All-American Mike Tortorice of Wisconsin-Whitewater – a third-place finisher a year ago. Fifth-seed Cam Timok of Central was a 2017 All-American at 133-pounds, and moved to compete at the 125-pound weight class midseason.
Del Gallo has faced several of his competitors in the bracket during the season. On the second Saturday of the 2018-2019 season, Del Gallo handed Albis his only Division III loss of the season with a 6-4 sudden victory result in the title bout of the Roger Williams Invitational. Del Gallo was also an 8-2 winner over Caccamise on January 26 at the WPI Tri-Match. Wesleyan's (Connecticut) Zach Murrillo, who could face Del Gallo in the national semifinals if both wrestlers advance, is also in the bracket and is responsible for both of Del Gallo's losses this season. Both losses were by one-point decisions, including a 2-1 loss in the Northeast Regional Championship semifinals.
A two-time All-New England Wrestling Association (NEWA) pick and two-time All-Region place winner, Del Gallo was the 2017 NEWA co-Rookie of the Year. He has a career record of 94-7. A two-time All-NEWA Academic Team honoree, Del Gallo earned William B. Wise Scholar Athlete honors in 2017-2018 and is an Exercise Science major.