CASTLETON, Vt. – Coming off its fifth place finish at the 35th annual Ithaca Invitational last weekend, the Castleton University wrestling team heads to New York this weekend for another major competition, the Journeymen/My House Northeast Duals and Collegiate Classic Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 11-12.
On Saturday, Nov. 11, Castleton will compete in the Northeast Duals at Shenendehowa High School in Clifton Park, N.Y., taking on Ithaca, Division II school Long Island University-Post, and Division I opponent Sacred Heart. The following day, the Spartans head to Hudson Valley Community College in Troy, N.Y., for the Journeymen/My House Collegiate Classic, a round-robin individual tournament featuring Division I schools such as Oklahoma State, North Carolina State, Army, Virginia, and Virginia Tech, among others.
Last weekend, four Spartans collected five victories apiece, led by Jesse Webb, the winner of the heavyweight bracket with a 5-0 mark, including wins over Michael Larm of nationally-ranked Johnson & Wales and Springfield's Joe Fusco, ranked third in the NEWA preseason individual rankings.
Nick Camacho finished in fifth place in the 133-pound bracket with a 5-2 mark, featuring a major decision victory over Stephen Nadera of Johnson & Wales. Mitchell LaFlam posted a 5-3 record to finish sixth in the 184-pound bracket, including consecutive pinfall wins over Chris Marchena of SUNY Oswego and Tanner Kelly of Johnson & Wales.
Although he did not finish in the top six in his bracket, Reece Millington enjoyed a solid tournament with a 5-2 record at 149 pounds, including pinfall wins over Josh Wong of RIT and Kyle Torre of SUNY Oswego as well as a technical fall victory over Max Valera of Springfield. Besides Webb, top newcomers for Castleton included Max Tempel, named the New England Wrestling Association (NEWA) Rookie of the Week after finishing in fourth place of the 149-pound bracket, and Ben Billings, the fifth place finisher in the 141-pound bracket.
Ithaca finished third in its tournament last weekend with 129 points, led by a second-place finish from Jake Ashcraft at 184 pounds. The Bombers also feature Nick Velez, a nationally ranked wrestler at 165 pounds who finished third in last week's tournament.
LIU Post started its season with two matches at the Dragon Duals last Sunday, losing to Drexel (40-3) and to the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown (37-3). Joe Calderone scored all of the Pioneers' points during the day, winning both of his matches by decision at 149 pounds.
Sacred Heart opened its 2017-18 season last Saturday at the Princeton Open, advancing three wrestlers into the quarterfinals of their respective brackets. At 157 pounds, Paul Klee went 3-2, reaching the final eight of the main bracket as well as the consolation semifinals, while Joe Toci at 197 pounds also advanced to the main draw quarterfinals and the consolation semifinals and John Hartnett reached the quarterfinals of the heavyweight bracket.
After this weekend's action, Castleton makes the trip to Norwich University for the Battle for the Green Mountain Championship against the Cadets Thursday, Nov. 16, starting at 7 p.m.