CASTLETON, Vt. –The nationally 21st-ranked Castleton University wrestling team won eight of 10 contests in a dominant 40-9 defeat over Norwich to earn the Battle for the Green Mountain Championship Wednesday at Glenbrook Gym.
It marked the first time Castleton claimed the battle after Norwich earned the initial dual victory between the intra-state rivals in 2016 with a come-from-behind effort.
After dropping the first match in the 165-pound class, Castleton won four consecutive bouts, all by way of fall, to gain a momentous lead at the halfway mark of the dual.
At the change of the card, Norwich claimed its second victory at the 125-pound class with Jacob Forsman's narrow 8-6 decision over Nick Camacho.
Then, the Spartans rolled off three consecutive triumphs to clinch the team-victory. Deyker Edwards impressed with a whopping 22-9 major decision in the 133-pound class before Max Tempel won via fall in the second period. Cooper Fleming battled to a tight 10-9 decision over Tyler Barker in a battle of 149-pounders.
Daniel Haverty was triumphant in the final match of the evening with a 16-8 major decision of the Cadet's Zachary Morris.
Castleton will return to action on Saturday with a quad-match featuring the Spartans, Stevens Institute of Technology, Roger Williams, and the host Worcester Polytechnic Institute. The action will commence at 11 a.m.