GORHAM, Maine – University of Southern Maine junior Peter Del Gallo (Gardiner, Maine) rumbled his way into the Huskies' wrestling record books become the program's fourth All-American after rumbling his way to a 6-1 decision in his third match of the day in the opening sessions of the 2019 NCAA Division III National Championship Friday at the Berglund Center in Roanoke, Virgina.
Posting a 2-1 record after day one of the national championship, Del Gallo remains alive and secured himself at least an eight place finish with his 6-1 win over Ursinus' Collin Wickrammaratna in the second round of the 125-pound wrestle-back bracket.
One of just five Husky wrestlers in the program's history to earn multiple berths to the NCAA National Championship, Del Gallo, the sixth-seed in the tourney, opened his trip to nationals with an 11-7 win over Brockport's Matt Caccamise to vault into the bracket's quarterfinals. In his quarterfinal match, Del Gallo lost in sudden victory 7-1 to returning All-American and third-seed Victor Gilva of Augusburg.
Facing elimation, Del Gallo wasted little time bouncing back to advance to day two of the championship and earn his All-American status, defeating Wickramaratna, who had knocked off the tournament's four-seed earlier in the day. With the two victories on the day, Del Gallo is now 23-3 on the season, and 96-8 in his career.
Del Gallo returns to action on Saturday (10:00 a.m.) and will face Carlos Champagne of Wabash College. Del Gallo can finish as high as third in the nation with a pair of victories tomorrow.
Watch Peter Del Gallo's Pivotal Take Down To Claim All-American Honors
2019 NCAA Division III Wrestling National Championship
Champ. Round 1 -Peter Del Gallo (Southern Me.) 23-3 won by decision over Matt Caccamise (Brockport) 19-5 (Dec 11-7)
Quarterfinal - Victor Gliva (Augsburg) 27-5 won in sudden victory - 1 over Peter Del Gallo (Southern Me.) 23-3 (SV-1 7-1)
Cons. Round 2- Peter Del Gallo (Southern Me.) 23-3 won by decision over Collin Wickramaratna (Ursinus) 29-8 (Dec 6-1)