CASTLETON, Vt. – The Castleton University wrestling program adds another historical event this weekend, as the Spartans welcome Springfield College, Plymouth State, and Johnson & Wales to Glenbrook Gym for Castleton's first-ever home quad match Saturday, Feb. 3, starting at 12 noon.
There will be two mats set up in Glenbrook Gym with two dual contests taking place at the same time. At 12 noon, Castleton will face Springfield while Plymouth State takes on Johnson & Wales. The Spartans then match up with Plymouth State at 1:45 p.m., while Springfield faces Johnson & Wales. The day concludes at 3:30 p.m. with Castleton battling Johnson & Wales and Springfield facing Plymouth State. Meanwhile, exhibition matches will be happening in SHAPE Gym at the same time.
Castleton brings a 10-6 dual match record into Saturday's competition and needs two victories within its final five dual contests of the season to surpass last year's win total of 11. The Spartans finished fifth at the New England Wrestling Association (NEWA) Dual Meet Championship two weeks ago with three victories in four matches, but most recently lost at Western New England last Saturday, 25-15.
Max Tempel has competed in all 16 dual matches so far this season, posting a 13-3 record overall, including a 5-0 mark after dropping down to 141 pounds before the NEWA Dual Championship. Cedrick Stephens brings a 12-2 dual match record at 197 pounds into Saturday's competition, winning his first 10 matches in dual competitions before splitting the last four.
Springfield enters the quad match with a 7-8 dual match record, but the Pride has lost five straight dual contests. Heavyweight Joseph Fusco leads the Pride with 21 victories overall, including 12 wins via pin, and seven wins in dual contests, while Ian Tolotti at 133 pounds is 17-2 so far this season.
Plymouth State brings a 3-5 dual match record into Saturday's competition, finishing 12th at the NEWA Dual Championship after defeating Bridgewater State but losing to Roger Williams, Western New England, and Trinity. Nick Simeti is the Panthers' leading wrestler, posting an 18-6 record at 157 pounds, including 10 pins.
Johnson & Wales was ranked fourth in the most recent National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) poll. The Wildcats are 17-2 in dual matches so far this season, including the NEWA Dual Championship. At 133 pounds, Jay Albis is 36-2, while Michael DiNardo at 197 pounds has 19 pins among his 33-2 record.
All three Castleton matches will be streamed live through the Northeast Sports Network (www.nsnsports.net/colleges/castleton). Saturday's competition begins a busy week for the Spartans, as they travel to Norwich Wednesday, Feb. 7, before hosting Williams in the home finale Friday, Feb. 9, with both of those matches scheduled to start at 7 p.m.