BRISTOL, R.I. – Nick Scott, one of the captains of the Castleton University wrestling team, won the heavyweight bracket, leading the Spartans to a fifth-place finish Sunday in the Futures Tournament, hosted by Roger Williams University.
Scott started the day with a pin of Cody Spicer of Southern Maine just 1:54 into their match, followed by an 8-1 decision victory over Alex Millen of Roger Williams. He completed his run to the bracket title with two victories over competitors from Johnson & Wales, first defeating Edmund Pierce on a major decision, 14-4, before taking a close 3-0 decision win over Mike Larm.
Joseph Galusha finished in second place in the 197-pound bracket, first defeating Jerome Williams of Bridgewater State on a technical fall (16-1) 17 seconds before the end of the first period. In the semifinal, he defeated Justin Pursley of Trinity, 6-2, but lost a close 3-2 decision in the final. In the same weight class, Jacob Ives finished fourth thanks to a pin of Williams in the consolation semifinal.
In the 174-pound bracket, Ibragim Arsakhanov made quick work of Dave Symmes of Western New England, pinning him just 36 seconds into the match. After losing in the semifinals of the main draw, he defeated Raul Gierbolini of Southern Maine in a 3-2 decision, and then pinned Tyler Wilson of WPI with 1:11 remaining in their contest to earn third place.
Ben Billings matched Scott's victory total with four in the 149-pound bracket, starting with a 5-0 decision victory over Southern Maine's Vinnie Blasucci in the first consolation round. He continued to work his way through the wrestleback bracket with a pin of Norwich's Shane Ryan, a 3-2 decision win over David Kurker of Southern Maine, and an 18-9 major decision win over Jarett Legg of Roger Williams. Billings battled Springfield's Mike Vietri through the first two periods of the consolation semifinal before losing on a pin 15 seconds into the third period.
As a team, Castleton accumulated 68.5 points to finish in fifth place among the 12 teams competing Sunday. Johnson & Wales won the team title with 162 points, comfortably ahead of second-place WPI with 103.5 points.
Castleton's top wrestler in each weight class will head to Worcester, Mass., next weekend for the NCAA Northeast Regionals, to be hosted by WPI Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 24-25. The top three wrestlers in each of the 10 brackets will qualify for the NCAA National Championships in Cleveland, Ohio, March 9-10.