WILLIAMSPORT, Pa./PLYMOUTH, N.H. – The Castleton University wrestling program wrapped up a split-squad weekend on Saturday afternoon as the team completed competition at the Bud Whitehill National Duels in Williamsport, Pa., and the Jim Aguiar Invitational in Plymouth, N.H.
The Spartans placed 13th out of 16 teams at the Bud Whitehill Duels, bouncing back from a 0-3 Friday with a pair of wins on Saturday. At the Jim Aguiar Invitational, Castleton placed sixth out of 10 teams with a pair of top-four finishers. Michael Gonyea earned All-Tournament Team honors at the 133 at the Bud Whitehill Duels, awarded to the undefeated wrestler with the most points per match.
Gonyea went 4-0 on the weekend, picking up a pair of wins by decision, a major decision and a win via fall. He opened with an 11-4 decision against The College of New Jersey (TCNJ), before pinning his opponent from Lycoming in 1:22. He closed out Friday with a 17-6 major decision, before winning his only match on Saturday with a 9-2 victory via decision.
Match two was a tight battle with Lycoming, but Castleton came up short by a 23-21 margin. Nicholas Camacho opened the match with a 3-1 decision at the 125 before Gonyea made it 9-0 with a pin. Castleton forfeited the 141 to make it 9-6, but Jason Ashline earned a decision win at 149 to push Castleton's lead to 12-6. Lycoming knotted the score at 12-12 with a pin at the 157 before taking the 165 with a decision victory to go up 15-12. Chance LaPier knotted the score at 15-15 with a decision win at 174 before Hoffman put the Spartans up again with a win via fall in 2:19. Lycoming closed out the match with back-to-back victories, as it took the 197 via technical fall and the 285 by decision to claim the 23-20 win.
Castleton concluded action on Friday with a 23-14 loss against Wisconsin-Eau Claire, getting wins at the 125, 133, 157 and 174. Camacho picked up a 4-1 decision to open before Gonyea claimed a major decision, putting Castleton up 7-0. Eau Claire jumped up 12-7 after a forfeit and a pin before Reese Millington earned the win via decision at 157. LaPier grabbed a major victory at the 174 to close the gap, but it was the last win Castleton earned as Eau Claire claimed the final three weight classes en route to victory.
On Saturday, the Spartans opened against Ohio Northern where they took the first three matches via forfeit to jump out to commanding lead. After dropping the 149 and 157-pound classes, Cameron Milliken got Castleton back on the board with a 6-0 decision before LaPier won yet again with a 13-4 major decision. After the Spartans dropped the 184 and 197, Webb claimed a win via fall in the 285 to cap off the 31-16 victory over Ohio Northern.
The Spartans closed out the event with a showdown against SUNY-Cortland, taking the win 22-18. Camacho and Gonyea each won 9-4 decisions to put Castleton up 6-0, before the score knotted up at 6-6 when the Spartans forfeited the 141. After a pair of wins by Cortland at the 149 and 157 to push Red Dragons ahead 15-6, Castleton rattled off three straight wins to go back in the lead, 19-15. Milliken won via fall at the 165, before LaPier earned a major decision at the 174 and Hoffman a decision at 184. Cortland claimed the 197, but Webb capped the day with an 8-2 win via decision to seal the Spartan victory.
Lucas Morse earned a second-place finish at the Jim Aguiar Invitational in the 184, winning via tech fall before advancing to the finals via medical forfeit, where he droped a 16-9 decision to Plymouth State's Dylan Da Silva. Spencer Kozlak finished fourth in the 197-pound bracket, winning via fall (6:52) before being sent to the consolation bracket on a major decision. He earned a 4-3 decision to put him into the third-place match, but he fell by a 6-4 decision to claim fourth at the event.
Castleton hits the mat again on Wednesday against Mt. St. Vincent and SUNY-Sullivan in East Greenbush, N.Y.