GORHAM, Maine – With their outstanding finishes at the 2018 NCAA Division III Northeast Regional Championship this weekend, freshman Austin Shorey (Lebanon, Maine/Noble) and sophomore Peter Del Gallo(Gardiner, Maine) have punched their tickets to the 2018 NCAA Division III National Championship tournament March 9-10 at in Cleveland, Ohio.
Shorey and Del Gallo are two of a program-best five Huskies to earn All-Region honors, as Southern Maine wrestling, ranked 25th in the most recent d3wrestle.com national poll, finished fifth overall out of 17 teams at the regional championship. The Huskies' fifth place finish is a program best. Fourth-ranked Johnson & Wales captured the team title scoring 156.5 points, followed by WPI in second with 92.5 points, and Wesleyan (Conn.) in third with 91.5 points. New York University placed fourth with 89 points and USM scored 88 points.
Joining Shorey and Del Gallo with All-Region honors are junior Brendan Weir (Easthampton, Mass./Hampshire Regional), sophomore Justin Stacy (Rochester, N.H./Marshwood) and freshman Brandon Cousino (North Ferrisburhg, Vt./Vergennes Union). Weir, Stacy and Cousino each placed fourth in their respective weight classes, finishing one spot shy of an NCAA championship bid.
Wrestling at 149 pounds, Weir went 4-2 at the regional championship to earn All-Region honors for the first time in his career. Opening the tourney with a major decision victory over Norwich's Ben Forsman, 11-2, Weir dropped a 7-2 decision to Trinity's Grant Sorenson. In the consolation bracket, Weir won three consecutive bouts to put himself in contention for an NCAA bid, and earn All-Region accolades, including a win by technical fall, 17-11 (5:11), over Bridgewater's Fox Maxwell. In the third place match, Weir came up against Sorenson again, and was unable to come away with the victory. Weir concludes his season with an outstanding 30-10 record.
Also posting a 4-2 record in the tournament, Stacy rumbled his way to a fourth place finish at 174 pounds. A 2017 All-NEWA Rookie Team selection, Stacy is earning All-Region honors for the first time in his career. Earning a bye through the first round, Stacy opened the championship with major decision win over Williams' Luke Anselmi, 11-3, before dropping a 7-3 decision to Wesleyan's Dominic Pirraglia. In the consolation bracket, Stacy came away with two wins and advanced to the third place match after a medical forfeit by Ryan Guers of WNEU in their consolation semifinals. In the third place match, Pirraglia and Stacy faced off again with Pirraglia sneaking away with a 4-2 win by decision. Stacy is 16-9 in his sophomore season. READ MORE