GORHAM, Maine – Three individuals staked their name to a championship in their respective weight class for the Castleton University wrestling program on Saturday, as Michael Gonyea, Max Tempel and Jesse Webb claimed the top spots in the 133, 141 and 285-pound classes at the Ted Reese Invitational hosted by the University of Southern Maine.
Castleton finished second as a team, compiling 139.5 points. The United States Coast Guard Academy finished atop the team standings with 174.5 points, while host Southern Maine (122.5), New York University (104.0) and Johnson & Wales (R.I.) (54.5) rounded out the top-five in the 15-team field.
The trio of winners marked three of Castleton's 10 top-six finishers on the day, as Owen Kretschmer claimed third in the 125-pound class and Daniel Haverty placed fourth in the 157-pound bracket. Mason Osborn, Joseph Galusha, Jason Ashline, Andrew Fountain and Alexander Green each placed sixth in their respective weight classes for the Spartans.
Gonyea plowed his way through the competition at the 133-pound level, winning via technical fall in each of his first three matchups before pinning his opponent in 2:26 in the 133-pound championship.
Tempel followed an opening-round bye with a 2:55 victory via fall in the round of 16 before knocking off his opponent in the quarterfinals with a 15-2 major decision. He claimed a 5-1 victory by way of decision to earn a spot in the 141-pound championship before defeating Southern Maine's Austin Shorey with a 4-3 decision to claim the title.
In the 285-pound class, Webb earned a pair of victories via fall—each of which came in under two minutes—before advancing to the finals with an 11-4 victory by way of decision in the semi-finals. The last match on the mat, Webb took down the United States Coast Guard Academy's Patrick Erwin with a 3-1 sudden-victory win.
After winning his opening round match via fall in just 1:17, Kretschmer dropped his next matchup in the 125-pound class by way of a narrow, 3-0, decision, sending him to the consolation bracket. He earned a victory via fall in 4:55 to move into the third-place match, where he took down MIT's Keith Skaggs with a 10-1, major decision victory, to claim the third-place spot.
Haverty picked up wins in each of his first three matches of the day, winning via major decision, technical fall and fall (4:01) before dropping his match against NYU's Sean Lyons in 6:25 with a fall. Lyons was the first of three consecutive NYU opponents for Haverty, who pinned Liam Drury in 1:08 before dropping the third-place match via decision, 7-5, to finish fourth.
Osborn, Galusha, Ashline, Fountain and Green each worked their way through the consolation brackets to the fifth-place matches, but came up on the short end of their bouts to claim sixth place in each of their respective weight classes.
Castleton hits the mat once more next Saturday at the WPI Duals, where it will take on USCGA, Oneonta State and Wabash starting at noon.