CASTLETON, Vt. – The Castleton University wrestling team split a pair of dual matches on Friday night, cruising to a 40-5 win over Rhode Island College before dropping the second match of the evening by a final of 25-19 to Oswego State.
Michael Gonyea, Mitchell LaFlam and Jesse Webb earned two victories apiece on the night, with LaFlam and Webb each winning one of the two matches via fall. Cameron Milliken also earned a win via fall for the Spartans, who now sit at 10-8 in dual match competition this season. Milliken and Webb, along with classmates Ryan Haff and Zach Veleas, were honored between matches with a Senior Night ceremony as Castleton wrapped up its home schedule.
The night opened with a dominant win over RIC, as the Spartans claimed nine of the 10 weight classes. Nick Camacho opened the scoring with a major decision win, 10-1, before Gonyea won a 6-2 decision. After Castleton dropped the 141-pound bout, the Spartans closed out the match with seven consecutive wins. Max Tempel won a 5-4 decision at 149, before Cooper Fleming claimed a 9-3 decision at 157. Milliken pinned his opponent in just 2:35 at the 165 before Chance LaPier earned a major decision, 20-10. After the Anchormen forfeited the 184, LaFlam won via fall at the 4:26 mark before Webb closed out the victory with a 20-5 win via technical fall.
The second match started out quickly for the Spartans as they jumped out to a 10-0 lead after two bouts. Oswego forfeited the 125-pound bout, before Gonyea earned a major decision at 133 for the Spartans. The Lakers answered with six consecutive victories, two of which came via fall, before LaFlam stopped the bleeding for the Spartans. Trailing late in his match at the 197-pound class, LaFlam posted a comeback to force overtime, where he earned a 7-5, sudden-victory decision. Webb closed out the day with a fall in 1:00 to put the final score at 25-19 in favor of Oswego State.
Castleton returns to action on February 2 at the Johnson & Wales Quad.