TROY, N.Y. – The Castleton University wrestling program picked up a pair of victories in dual competition on Saturday afternoon, downing LIU-Post and RIT while falling to second-ranked Ithaca at the Journeymen Northeast Duals in Troy, New York.
The Spartans opened the day with a 33-12 victory over LIU-Brooklyn before dropping the middle match to Ithaca, 32-12. Castleton bounced back with a 21-16 win over RIT to close out the day and its first dual competition of the season with a 2-1 record.
Max Tempel and Mitchell LaFlam each posted 3-0 days for Castleton, with Tempel picking up a trio of victories by decision, while LaFlam earned wins via fall, major decision and decision. Nick Camacho and Jesse Webb each went 2-0 on the day, as Camacho won by decision and major decision, and Webb earned victories by way of a fall and a decision. Alexander Green went 2-1, winning via fall and major decision.
The Spartans opened up the day with a dominant victory over LIU-Post, winning each of the first three matches to take a 12-0 lead. Camacho opened the dual with a 7-1 win by decision, before Deyker Edwards won via forfeit and Tempel won via decision. After dropping matches at the 149 and 157 pound classes, Castleton bounced back with a win by Mason LaFlam, as he earned a win via fall at 4:48 to push the lead to 18-6. Chance LaPier was then pinned in the 174-pound class, but the Spartans rallied back with three consecutive victories at the 184, 197 and 285-pound levels. Mitchell LaFlam picked up a 7-5 decision at the 184, while Green and Webb both won via fall.
In the second match of the day against a difficult Ithaca squad, the Spartans jumped out to a narrow lead through three matchups. After Frank Darwak fell by decision in the 125-pound class, Michael Gonyea and Tempel picked up wins at 133 and 141, respectively, to give Castleton a 6-3 lead. The Bombers came back with four straight victories at the 149, 157, 165 and 174-pound classes to regain the lead, 20-6. Mitchell LaFlam stopped the bleeding with a win via fall at 6:10 of his matchup, but Ithaca took the remaining two matchups to claim the head-to-head battle, 32-12.
The final dual of the day pitted the Spartans against RIT, and Castleton wasted no time in taking an early lead. Camacho won via major decision, 12-3, at 125 to make it 4-0, though Edwards fell at the 133 via decision, 11-9, to cut that lead to 4-3. A third victory on the day for Tempel gave Castleton a 7-3 edge, but RIT cut into the lead once more as Cooper Fleming fell at the 149 in a 7-5 decision to make it 7-6 after four matchups. At the 157-pound class, Daniel Haverty was taken down via fall in 2:16 to give RIT its first lead of the match, 12-7, and it extended that lead to 16-7 when Mason LaFlam was beaten via major decision. Castleton buckled down after the three consecutive losses, rattling off four straight wins to close out the match, 21-16. Mitchell LaFlam and Green earned victories via major decision on the way out, while LaPier and Webb picked up wins via decision.
In other action for Castleton, several wrestlers competed at the Gettysburg Invitational on Saturday in Gettysburg, Pa. Owen Kretschmer finished third in the 125-pound bracket at the event, while Tyler Schultz finished fourth in the 133-pound bracket. Kretschmer downed teammate Macon Edwards with a 16-1 victory via technical fall in the consolation semifinals of the 125-pound bracket.
The Spartans return to Castleton to host Norwich University in the first home meet of the season as the two teams battle for the Green Mountain Championship. Exhibitions begin at 6 p.m. in Glenbrook Gym with varsity matches to follow at 7 p.m.