HARTFORD, Conn. – The Castleton University wrestling team had six competitors finish in the top-four of their respective weight classes on Sunday afternoon at the New England Wrestling Association Futures Tournament, including the 125-pound champion Frank Darwak.
Castleton finished fourth as a team, completing the day with 98.5 points. Johnson & Wales took the top spot at the tournament with 174.0 points, while Roger Williams and Springfield College rounded out the top three with 122.0 and 114.0 points apiece.
Darwak was one of six Castleton wrestlers with three wins on the day, going a perfect 3-0 to capture the 125-pound title. Joseph Galusha picked up a second-place finish at the 197 with a 3-1 day, while Owen Kretschmer posted a 4-1 mark en route to a third-place finish at the 125. Ricky DeBernardo was 3-2 in a fourth-place finish at the 165, Lucas Morse finished fourth in the 184 with a 4-2 day, and Spencer Kozlak finished fourth in the 197 after going 2-2.
Darwak opened his day with a win via fall in 3:00 flat, before knocking off his semi-final opponent with a 5-2 decision. He claimed the 125-pound crown with a 6-1 decision win over Southern Maine's Leo Amabile. Kretschmer Opened with back-to-back wins before heading to the consolation bracket with a semi-final loss, but he musted a win via fall over teammate Macon Edwards in 3:53 before winning the third-place match by a 7-4 decision over Springfield's Robert Hartling. Edwards earned a tie for fifth on the day.
At the 165, DeBernardo earned a win via forfeit in the opening round before advancing to the semi-finals with a 19-5 win via major decision. He dropped his semi-final bout via technical fall, before advancing to the third-place match in the consolation bracket with a pin in 2:49 against Western New England's Taylor Pfaff. He fell via fall in the third-place match to take home the fourth-place finish.
Morse collected a fourth-place finish of his own in the 184-pound bracket, winning a team-high four bouts on the day. He opened with a win via forfeit, before heading to the consolation bracket with a 5-3 loss via decision. He then advanced due to an opponent injury just 39 seconds into his first consolation bout, before pinning his opponent in 4:52 to move on to the consolation semi-finals against teammate Alexander Green. Morse and Green battled tightly, with Morse coming out ahead via 4-3 decision. He fell in the third-place match, 7-3, to Springfield's Ryan Errico. Green finished in a tie for fifth for the Spartans.
The 197 was a strong bracket for the Spartans, as Galusha placed second and Kozlak fourth. Galusha picked up a pair of wins via fall to advance to the semifinals, where he earned a spot in the championship bout due to opponent forfeit. He fell to Roger Williams' Noah Tandy via 12-7 decision in the title round, claiming second place. Kozlak won his first bout of the day with a 6-1 decision, before heading to the consolation side of the bracket with an 8-5 decision loss. He advanced to the third-place match with a 4-2 win in sudden-victory overtime, but Western New England's Daniel Price came out on top with a 19-9 major decision.