PROVIDENCE, R.I. – After one day of competition at the NCAA Northeast Regional Championships, the Castleton University wrestling team sits in third place out of 17 teams.
The Spartans have seven wrestlers still alive across the 10 weight classes, as Nick Camacho, Michael Gonyea, Max Tempel, Chance LaPier, Jason Hoffman, Mitchell LaFlam and Jesse Webb are all in the final eight of their respective brackets. Gonyea, Tempel and Webb remain in contention for regional titles, while Camacho, LaPier, Hoffman and LaFlam will look to wrestle back in the consolation side of the bracket.
Gonyea opened the day with a win via major decision, 13-4, before advancing to the 133-pound semifinals with a win via fall in 1:49. Tempel earned a major decision of his own in the 149-pound opener, 11-3, before winning 7-4 in overtime to advance to the semifinals. Webb pinned his opponent in just 2:43 in the 285-pound opener, before advancing to the semifinals with a 3-2 decision victory.
Camacho won his opening round match with a 1:09 win via fall, but fell in the quarterfinal round via major decision, 10-0. He advanced to the final eight with a 6-2 win via decision in his first consolation match. LaPier went to the consolation side of the bracket in his first match, falling 4-0, but won back-to-back matches to move to the final eight, winning with a 6:30 fall and a 13-11 decision to advance to day two.
Hoffman opened his day with a 9-7 win, but fell in the second round via major decision, 16-5. He advanced to day two with a 2:01 win via fall in his first consolation match. LaFlam also opened the day with a win, 4-2, but was sent to the consolation bracket with a 10-6 loss via decision. He won his first consolation match by fall in 5:00, securing a spot in the day-two matches.