PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Castleton University wrestling team picked up a pair of wins on Saturday evening, cruising to victory against Springfield and Plymouth State despite a loss to second-ranked Johnson & Wales.
The Spartans opened the day with a 25-12 victory over Springfield, before falling 31-9 against No. 2 JWU. Castleton rounded out the day with a dominant 56-0 win over Plymouth State—the second time in school history the Spartans have taken all 10 weight classes against an opponent. Castleton is now 14-12 in dual competition this season. Jesse Webb, Michael Gonyea and Max Tempel each went 3-0 on the day to lead the Spartans individually.
After the Spartans dropped the opening 157-pount bout against Springfield, Cameron Milliken got Castleton on the board at the 165 with an 11-0, major decision victory, to cut the deficit to 6-4. Springfield claimed the 174-pound class with a decision victory, but Jason Hoffman earned the three points back for Castleton with a decision win of his own, 4-0. Castleton took its first lead of the day—one it would not relinquish—when Mitchell LaFlam won a 6-0 decision to make it 10-9 Spartans. Webb picked up a win via his opponent's medical forfeit, before Nick Camacho extended the lead to 19-9 at the 125 with a 3-1 win via decision. Gonyea earned a decision win, 6-4, at the 133, while Tempel earned a 2-0 victory at the 149 following a Spartan loss at the 141.
In Castleton's second dual of the day, the squad fell behind early and was unable to overcome the deficit. The No. 2 Wildcats claimed each of the first five weight classes to go ahead 22-0 before Webb won a 5-3 decision to get Castleton on the board, 22-3. Michael Gonyea won once more at the 133 with a 7-5 decision, before Max Tempel rounded out Castleton's scoring in the final bout of the match with a 6-1 decision.
The Spartans concluded the day of action against Plymouth State, dominating the Panthers by taking all 10 weight classes with three wins via fall and a tech fall. Cooper Fleming pinned his opponent in just 2:18 to open the match, before Milliken won via fall in 2:12 in the second bout of the battle. Chance LaPier won via forfeit at the 174, before Jason Hoffman was dominant, 21-0, en route to a tech fall win. After a 4-1 decision win for LaFlam and a win by injury default for Webb, the Spartans took the 125, 133 and 141-pound bouts via forfeit. Tempel closed out the day for Castleton with a bang, pinning his opponent in 4:36 to cap off the 56-0 victory.
The Spartans return to the mat for a dual match with Williams College on Friday at 7 p.m. in Williamstown, Mass.