CASTLETON, Vt. – The Castleton University wrestling team hosts the final athletic event of 2017 for the Spartan athletics program, welcoming the Southern Maine Huskies to Glenbrook Gymnasium Saturday, Dec. 16, for a dual match.
Exhibition matches are scheduled to begin at 1 p.m., followed by the varsity dual match at 2:30 p.m. Starting at 2 p.m., the first 40 Castleton students to come to Glenbrook Gym for the match will be given a free T-shirt courtesy of the wrestling program. The 2:30 p.m. dual match will be streamed through the Northeast Sports Network (NSN).
Castleton remains in the New England Wrestling Association (NEWA) Coaches Polls, ranked in a tie for sixth place in the tournament poll and eighth in the dual meet poll, both of which were released Friday morning. Southern Maine's rankings are flipped, as the Huskies are eighth in the tournament poll and sixth in the dual meet poll.
Cedrick Stephens, currently ranked fifth by the NEWA at 197 pounds, was named the NEWA Wrestler of the Week after winning all four of his matches last week. He started the week with a technical fall victory over Mike Tanguay of New England College Dec. 6. At the Northeast Duals in Oneonta, N.Y., on Dec. 9, Stephens defeated Peter Pjetri of SUNY Oneonta (8-4) and Chris Halleran of SUNY Cortland (8-1) by decision before pinning Eugene Latson III of Niagara County CC just 1:23 into the match.
Jesse Webb is Castleton's highest ranked wrestler, currently ranked third at 285 pounds with a 15-4 overall record. In the finals of the Ted Reese Invitational Dec. 2 in Gorham, Maine, Webb defeated Southern Maine's Mike Risti, fourth in this week's NEWA rankings, in extra time on a takedown.
At 165 pounds, Jared Costa is in fourth in the NEWA rankings with a 15-5 overall record, including a 7-1 mark in dual matches. Max Tempel is currently fifth in the NEWA rankings for 149 pounds, and he holds decision victories over both Jared Garcia and Brendan Weir of Southern Maine earlier this season.
With victories in 10 of his last 12 matches, Nick Camacho makes his first appearance in the NEWA rankings at 133 pounds in sixth, pinning Southern Maine's Caleb Austin during the Reese Invitational. Cameron Milliken is also ranked sixth at 157 pounds, also holding a victory over a Southern Maine wrestler with a 5-2 win over Juan Vernaza.
Southern Maine is 3-0 in its dual matches so far this season with dominating victories over Bridgewater State, Rhode Island College, and Plymouth State. The Huskies have also finished second in both the Doug Parker Invitational at Springfield College and the Ted Reese Invitational.
Peter Del Gallo is the top-ranked wrestler by the NEWA at 125 pounds with a perfect 12-0 record so far this season, including six wins with a pin. Two other Huskies are ranked third by the NEWA: Austin Shorey at 141 pounds with a 9-2 overall record and Justin Stacey at 174 pounds, featuring a second place finish at the Reese Invitational.
After Saturday's match, Castleton does not return to action until Saturday, Jan. 6, at the Williams College Open in Williamstown, Mass. The Spartans do not compete again at home until they host Springfield, Plymouth State, and Johnson & Wales in a quad match Saturday, Feb. 3, at Glenbrook Gym.