WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. – Two members of the Castleton University wrestling team won their respective brackets, while several other Spartans placed within the top four of their weight class as Castleton took part in the Williams Open Saturday at Lasell Gymnasium.
In the heavyweight division, Jesse Webb picked up his third tournament title of the season with four victories, starting with a pin over Jonathan Jividen in the first period. Webb defeated Brian Donovan on a 4-2 decision in the quarterfinals, and then he pinned teammate Mason Osborn with 57 seconds left in their match to advance to the finals.
Webb ran into another fellow Spartan in the title match, as Nick Scott reached the championship contest after decision wins over Castleton's Spencer Kozlak and Kevin Ell of Plymouth State. In a tight contest, Webb held on for a 3-2 decision victory to win the bracket, while Scott finished second at the Williams Open for the second straight year.
Thomas Long finished in fourth place at 285 pounds, working his way through the consolation bracket after losing his first match of the day. Long pinned Nicholas Beauchamp of Williams and earned decision victories over teammates Kozlak and Osborn before losing to Donovan in the third-place match.
The other bracket victory came at 197 pounds, as Cedrick Stephens took advantage of a small field, earning a bye into the semifinals. Stephens defeated Bruce McLee of SUNY Ulster, 8-1, and Broc Dokos of Springfield Tech, 5-0, to improve his season record to 15-1.
Like Scott, Nick Camacho repeated his second-place performance from last year's Williams Open, this time at 133 pounds. Camacho earned a 20-5 technical fall victory over Keith Gordon of New England College and an 8-6 decision win over Springfield College's Nick DeRosa to advance to the bracket final, where he dropped a close 6-3 decision to Tim McLinden of Western New England.
At 184 pounds, Mitchell LaFlam reached the podium once again, starting with a 6-2 decision win over Carl Sangree of Williams. After a 9-7 decision loss to Jacob Berry of Springfield Tech, LaFlam defeated Ryan Gray of Springfield College in the consolation semifinal, 9-5, and was awarded third place in the bracket after his opponent declared a medical forfeit.
Max Tempel was one of three Castleton wrestlers to earn four wins during the day, as he defeated Stephen Hopkins of Plymouth State on a technical fall and Lamont Wallace of Western New England to start the day. In the quarterfinals, Tempel defeated Jack Murphy of Williams, 11-3, and then slid past teammate Reece Millington in the semifinals, 3-0. Tempel lost on a decision, 8-1, to Morgan Fuenffinger in the 149-pound bracket final.
At 174 pounds, Nolan Viens began with a technical fall victory over Frank Ochoa-Cincotta of SUNY Ulster, followed by a 9-5 decision win over Luke Anselmi of Williams. He advanced to the bracket final with a 5-3 decision victory over Shane Sosinsky, but Viens could not get past Eric Reyes in the title match, losing on a major decision 16-6.
Cameron Milliken was the third Spartan with four victories Saturday, with all six matches ending on a pin. He defeated Matt Kuhlmann of Western New England in the main draw before picking up three wins in the wrestleback bracket. Milliken advanced to the consolation semifinals, where he lost to Jake Savoca of Williams.
Castleton heads to Collegeville, Pa., for the Will Abele Invitational, hosted by Ursinus College next Saturday, Jan. 13.