PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Led by another tournament title for heavyweight Jesse Webb, the Castleton University wrestling team posted seven top-six finishes at the Wildcat Open Sunday, hosted by Johnson & Wales University at the Wildcat Center.
Webb started his trek to the 285-pound title with an overtime victory over James Valentino of Brown, 3-1. He then pinned his teammate David Wingate and defeated John Georges by decision, 5-1, to advance to the bracket final. He won a close 3-2 decision over Ben Sullivan of USMAPS to earn the bracket title, and he was named Most Outstanding Wrestler after the entire competition.
Max Tempel continued his dominating season, advancing all the way to the final of the 141-pound bracket. He pinned both Nathan Souvannavong of Roger Williams and Eddie Bello of Plymouth State to reach the quarterfinals. After an 8-1 decision victory over fellow Spartan Matt Saville, Tempel defeated Ryan Luchs of Roger Williams on a major decision, 18-4, but he could not score a point in the final against NYU's Sean Lyons, settling for second place.
At 125 pounds, Frank Darwak finished in fourth place with two victories, including a pin just 53 seconds into his match against Michael Titus of Plymouth State. Nick Camacho used a quarterfinal victory over Daniel Murray of Rhode Island College on his way to a fifth-place finish in the 133-pound bracket. Nick Scott also advanced to the semifinals of the 285-pound bracket with decision victories over Jordan Zanni of Rhode Island College and Evan Ellis of Brown before finishing in fifth place.
Mitchell LaFlam started his day with a dominating victory over Mason Calise of Roger Williams, but a quarterfinal loss sent him back into the consolation bracket, where wins of Frank Soucy of MIT and Ryan Errico of Springfield led to a sixth-place finish at 184 pounds. Cedrick Stephens also finished in sixth place in the 197-pound bracket, with victories over Trevor Wassel of Plymouth State, Devon DeFilippi of Trinity, and Michael Fernandes of Roger Williams all coming via pin.
Castleton University returns to dual match competition as it hosts a quad match, welcoming Springfield College, Plymouth State, and Johnson & Wales to Glenbrook Gym next Saturday, Feb. 3, with the action starting at 12 noon.