2017 National Champion Dan Del Gallo (149)

Huskies’ Earn 10 Podium Spots in Third Place Finish at Ted Reese Invitational

Huskies’ Earn 10 Podium Spots in Third Place Finish at Ted Reese Invitational


GORHAM, Maine  –  Led by a first place finish from senior Peter Del Gallo (Gardiner, Maine) the University of Southern Maine Huskies wrestling team had 10 podium finishers en route to a third place finish at its own Ted Reese Invitational Saturday at the Costello Sports Complex. 

Coast Guard finished first with 186 points to lead the 15-team field. Castleton University placed second with 149.5 point and the Huskies took third scoring 109.5 points.  

Del Gallo remained undefeated earning four more wins to improve to 20-0, claiming the title at 125 pounds.  Joining Del Gallo on the podium were sixth place finishers sophomore Jeremy Sendrowski (Scarborough, Maine) at 149 pounds, junior David Kurker (West Roxbury, Mass./Needham) at 157 pounds, senior Zach Thompson (Bristol, Conn./Bristol Eastern) at 165 pounds, and junior Raul Gierbolini (Carolina, Puerto Rico/University HS) at 174 pounds.  Junior Leo Amabile (Waterboro, Maine/Massabesic) and sophomore Ryan Fredettte (Winslow, Maine) each placed fifth at 125 and 174 pounds respectively, while senior Jared Garcia (Marshfield, Mass.) took fourth at 149 pounds. Senior Josh Smith (York, Maine) and sophomore Jake Peavey (South China, Maine/Erskine Academy) each took third place at 184 and 285 pounds. 

Del Gallo earned a dominant 20-2 technical fall victory over Gabriel Leeo-Esparolini of Johnson & Wales in the semifinals before taking a 3-0 win over Joey Valentino of Castleton. Valentino is presently ranked eighth in New England. Amabile also had a strong win in the 125 pound bracket defeating Wesleyan's Amir Daouk – the fifth ranked wrestler in New England – by decision 5-1 en route to his fifth place finish. 

Southern Maine travels to Castleton University on Saturday (2:30 pm) for a dual meet in its next competition. 


Team Scoring: 1. Coast Guard 186 2. Castleton 149.5 3. Southern Maine 109.5  4. Wesleyan 86.5  5. Johnson & Wales  78   6. American International 72  7. Roger Williams  61.5  8. Springfield Tech  25.5  9.  Plymouth State  22.5  10. UCONN 20  11. MIT 18.5  12. Maine Maritime 17.5  13. BIW Apprentice 15  14. UNH 7  15. Maine 5.5 


125: Leo Amabile – Fifth Place 

Leo Amabile (SM) tech fall Dylan Beddow (STCC), 18-3 (5:00)

Del Gallo (SM) dec. Amabile (SM), 8-1

Amabile (SM) tech fall, Noah Dumas (BIW), 16-1 (3:58)

Amabile (SM) dec. Amir Daouk (Wes), 5-1

FIFTH PLACE MATCH: Amabile (SM) dec. Brock Laggini (CGA), 11-4


125: Peter Del Gallo – First Place

Peter Del Gallo (SM) dec. Nick Roeger (Castleton) 7-0

Del Gallo (SM) dec. Amabile (SM), 8-1

Del Gallo (SM) tech fall Gabriel Leo-Esparolini (JWU), 20-2 (6:57)

FIRST PLACE MATCH: Del Gallo (SM) dec. Joey Valentino (Castleton), 3-0


133: Andy Almonte

Victor Perlesshi (JWU) maj dec. Andy Almonte (SM), 14-2

Macon Edwards (Castleton) dec. Almonte (SM), 9-5


133: Dominic Pelletier

Tristan Stetson (Wes) maj dec. Pelletier (SM), 13-0

Pelletier (SM) pinned Halim Bourjelli (Castleton), 1:06

Keith Skaggs (MIT) dec. Pelletier (SM), 8-0


133: Jacob Garcia

Owen Kretschmer (Castleton) major dec. Jacob Garcia (SM) 9-0

Garcia (SM) dec. Gavin Cunningham (JWU) 9-2

Chris Hwang (Wes) dec. Garcia (SM), 4-3


141: Austin Shorey

Austin Shorey (SM) pinned Josh Roberts (JWU), 0:39

Shorey (SM) maj dec. Seth Frohnheiser (RWU), 14-4

Cqari Bacote (Castleton) dec. Shorey (SM), 7-6

Ben Bariso (RWU) won by med forfeit Shorey (SM)


141: Kevin Moore

Kevin Moore (SM) dec. Marcos Mercado (STCC), 7-5

Craig Sampson (JWU) dec. Moore (SM), 6-5

Moore (SM) dec. Kasim Khan (Wes), 8-5

Ben Bariso (RWU) pinned Moore (SM), 3:44


141: Trevor Engling

Dylan Jones (Wesleyan) pinned Trevor Engling (SM), 0:35

Engling (SM) dec. Andrew Hennessy (Wes), 6-3

Seth Frohnheiser (RWU) dec. Engling (SM), 9-3


149: Elijah Holbrook

Josh Fernandez (PSU) dec. Elijah Holbrook (SM), 12-8

Holbrook (SM) pinned Michael He (CGA), 5:40

Holbrook (SM) dec. Aidan Bennett (RWU), 8-4

Holbrook (SM) pinned Mark Borak (UNH), 3;35

Jeremy Sendrowski (SM) tech fall. Elijah Holbrook (SM), 22-4


149: Jared Garcia – Fourth Place

Jared Garcia (SM) dec. Mackellar Simon (USCGA), 7-5

Garcia (SM) dec. Trevor O'Mara (PSU), 9-5

Garcia (SM) dec. Jacob Routon (MMA) 10-3

Max Tempel (Castleton) dec. Garcia (SM), 3-2

THIRD PLACE MATCH: AJ Pagliarulo (CGA) dec. Garcia (SM) 8-3


149: Jeremy Sendrowski -Sixth Place

Jeremy Sendrowski (SM) pinned Conor Eversole (Castleton), 0:54

Sendrowski (SM) pinned Ricky Reimers (RWU), 4:38

Pagliarulo (CGA) dec. Sendrowski (SM), 9-3

Sendrowski (SM) tech fall. Holbrook (SM), 22-4 (3:36)

Sendrowski (SM) dec. Jacob Cardozo (RWU), 10-4

FIFTH PLACE MATCH: Serge Bouyssou (JWU) maj dec. Sendrowski (SM) 18-9


149: Nathaniel Grimard

Max Tempel (Castleton) pinned Nathaniel Grimard (SM), 2;06

Cole Dirico (JWU) dec. Grimard (SM), 7-5


157: David Kurker – Sixth Place

Marlon Laing (Castleton) dec. David Kurker (SM), 9-6

Kurker (SM) pinned Andrew Motz (MIT), 4:51

Kurker (SM) dec. Anthony Tripodi (UCONN), 5-4

Kurker (SM) maj dec. Noah Lang (Maine) 18-8

Kurker (SM) dec. Cooper Fleming (Castleton) 3-2

Kurker (SM) dec. Gabriel Degraffinreed (JWU) 9-7



157: Joey LeClair

Noah Lang (Maine) maj dec. Joe LeClair (SM), 14-3

Jerad Habben (CGA) maj dec. LeClair (SM), 14-2


157: Tyson Cram

Kyle Althenn (JWU) dec. Cram (SM) 10-4

Ethan Boucher (MMA) dec. Cram (SM) 9-2


165: Juan Vernaza

Vernaza (SM) dec. Mason Pagan (CGA), 6-2

Michael Angers (Castleton) tech fall Vernaza (SM), 16-1 (7:00)

Vernaza (SM) maj dec. Ryan Grebe (RWU), 18-6

Reece Millington (Castleton) tech fall Vernaza (SM), 18-0 (5:17)


165: Zac Thompson – Sixth Place

Zac Thompson (SM) pinned Christian Shepard (MMA), 1:22

Thompson (SM) pinned Steve Abusheery (PSU), 6:50

Nick Morano (CGA) pinned Thompson (SM), 6:21

Thompson (SM) pinned Pat Moynihan (CGA), 0:37

Thompson (SM) pinned Rafiq Conway (AIC), 6:21

FIFTH PLACE MATCH: Reece Millington (Castleton) pinneed Thompson (SM), 2:01


174: Raul Gierbolini – Sixth Place

Gierbolini (SM) dec. Lenny Breit (RWU), 12-5

Marco Gaita (Wes) dec. Gierbolini (SM) 3-2

Gierbolini (SM) tech fall Sal Rinaldi (PSU) 16-0 (1:35)

Gierbolini (SM) dec. Sebastian Malespini (UCONN), 6-2

FIFTH PLACE MATCH: Fredette (SM) dec. Gierbolini (SM), 4-3


174: Ryan Fredette – Fifth Place

Fredette (SM) tech fall Greg Bogdon (STCC), 19-4 (5:10)

Joseph Gannone (JWU) dec. Fredette (SM), 6-4

Fredette (SM) pinned Chris Ludwig (STCC), 4:33

Fredette (SM) dec. Breit (RWU), 4-3

FIFTH PLACE MATCH: Fredette (SM) dec. Gierbolini (SM), 4-3


184: Josh Smith – Third Place

Smith (SM) maj dec Johnny Andre (STCC), 12-0

Smith (SM) pinned Teigan Lindstedt (MMA), 1:14

Jason Hoffman (Castleton) dec. Smith (SM), 9-2

THIRD PLACE MATCH: Smith (SM) maj dec. Eli Wilson (RWU), 13-3


197: Elijah Babb

Jon Wagner (CGA) tech fall Babb (SM), 17-2 (5:37)

Babb (SM) dec. Pablo Sanchez (Wes), 6-4 (SV)

Babb (SM) pinned Mason Calise (RWU), 2;56

Noah Gifford (PSU) dec. Babb (SM), 9-3


285: Jake Peavey – Third Place

Peavey (SM) pinned Mason Osborn (Castleton) 4:19

Peavey (SM) pinned Brian Morel (CGA), 1:24

Patrick Irwin (CGA) maj dec. Peavey (SM), 11-0

THIRD PLACE MATCH: Peavey (SM) pinned Shea Garand (Castleton) 2:46