ITHACA, N.Y. – Deyker Edwards wrestled his way to a championship in the 133-pound weight class in his first-ever collegiate event on Saturday as eight total Castleton University wrestlers placed fifth or better at the season-opening Ithaca College Invitational.
The Spartans finished second as a team at the event with 139.5 points, more than 10 points clear of third-place RIT (129.0). Ithaca, the No. 2 team in the nation, claimed the top spot at its own event with 167.0 points as a team. Springfield College (112.5) and Johnson & Wales (98.5) rounded out the top-five finishers in the 12-team field.
Edwards was a perfect 4-0 for Castleton over the course of two days, claiming the top spot on the podium of his weight class with 16-9 win via decision. Castleton dominated the 133-pound bracket, as Michael Gonyea and Tyler Schultz worked their way to third- and fifth-place finishes, respectively. Gonyea was victorious via major decision to claim third place, but defeated Schultz via fall in just 1:45 seconds to earn the right to wrestle for that spot on the podium. Schultz came out on top in the fifth-place match, pinning his opponent in 3:41.
Jesse Webb and Max Tempel each finished second in their respective weight classes, as Webb rattled off four consecutive victories before falling in the 285-pound finals by way of a 6-0 decision. Tempel had four wins of his own before dropping a 10-3 decision in the 141-pound championship.
Nick Camacho claimed third place in the 125-pound bracket, winning his final match of the day by a 13-2 major decision. Chance LaPier claimed a fourth-place finish in the 174-pound bracket, winning three matches on the consolation side of the table before losing via fall in the third-place match. Alexander Green rounded out the Spartans with top-five finishes, staking his name to a fifth-place mark in the 184-pound bracket. Green won a pair of matches in the consolation bracket, claiming fifth place after his opponent went down via medical forfeit.
Mitchell LaFlam, Mason LaFlam and Daniel Haverty each worked their way to the fifth-place matches in their respective weight classes, but could not muster wins as they each finished sixth. Mitchel LaFlam racked up five consecutive wins in the consolation side of the 197-pound bracket before falling in a close, 6-3 decision in the fifth-place match. Mason LaFlam had a similar route, winning a pair of matches before dropping the fifth-place match by a narrow, 9-5 decision.
The Spartans return to the mat in two different locations on Saturday, Nov. 10, as the team will compete at both the Journeymen Northeast Duals in Troy, N.Y., and at the Gettysburg Invitational in Gettysburg, Pa.