GORHAM, Maine – The Castleton University wrestling team once again competed with some of the top programs in the region, finishing third Saturday at the 2017 Ted Reese Invitational, hosted by the University of Southern Maine.
Jesse Webb picked up Castleton's lone bracket victory of the day with five straight wins in the heavyweight division, starting with a 3-2 decision victory over Coast Guard's Colton Rausch. He pinned Regan Billingsly of Maine just 59 seconds into their matchup, and then he held on for a 2-1 decision victory over Lucian Cascino of Trinity. Webb handed Jenard Rosemand of AIC with a 14-4 major decision win to advance to the bracket final, where he defeated Southern Maine's Mike Risti in extra time (3-1 SV).
Nick Camacho improved upon his fourth-place finish at last year's tournament, finishing second this time around with three straight wins to the finals of the 133-pound bracket, starting with a 4-0 decision victory over Sam Goldberg of Plymouth State. He defeated Matthew Chun of MIT on a fall late in the first period, and then he took out Caleb Austin of Southern Maine on a fall with just 14 seconds remaining in the match to reach the bracket final, where he lost to Owen McClave of Coast Guard.
At 197 pounds, Cedrick Stephens extended his season-opening winning streak to eight matches, beginning with a 2-0 decision victory over Kayne Roberts of Coast Guard. Stephens then pinned Ian Carrillo of The Apprentice School just 1:20 into the match, and then he defeated Broc Dokos of Springfield Tech with a 4-1 decision win. He advanced to the bracket final with an 8-3 decision win over Brandon Cousino of Southern Maine, but Stephens would have to settle for second place after losing to River Robertson of Maine.
In the 149-pound bracket, Max Tempel continued his solid first year at Castleton, starting with a fall 2:34 into his opening match against Stephen Hopkins of Plymouth State. Tempel then defeated Abe Bloom of Trinity on a major decision, 9-0, followed by a 6-1 decision victory over Jared Garcia of Southern Maine. After a loss in the main bracket semifinals, he defeated Brendan Weir of Southern Maine in extra time and Jordan Robinson of Johnson and Wales on a close 2-1 decision to earn third place in the bracket.
Cameron Milliken worked his way through the 157-pound bracket, beginning with a technical fall victory over Plymouth State's Ben Potts. He then pinned Hiro Tamada of Trinity with 28 seconds remaining in their match, followed by a 5-2 decision victory over Juan Vemaza of Southern Maine. A loss in the main bracket semifinals did not deter Milliken, as he defeated Nick Simeti of Plymouth State on a 5-4 decision and Jack Reilly of Trinity on a fall one minute into that match to finish in third place.
Jared Costa made quick work of Mackay Revis of UConn in the 165-pound bracket, pinning him just 38 seconds into the contest. Costa defeated Coast Guard's Nick Jabs on a technical fall to advance to the semifinals. After a loss, Costa recovered to defeat Connor Fortune of Roger Williams on a fall late in the first period, and then he needed overtime to win his match against Coast Guard's Alex Frometa to clinch third place in the bracket.
As a team, Castleton collected 138 points, just five fewer than its tournament-winning total last year, but the Spartans finished behind Coast Guard with 166 points and Southern Maine with 159 points.
Castleton University resumes dual meet competition this week, starting with the home opener against New England College Wednesday, Dec. 6, at 7 p.m. at Glenbrook Gym.