ITHACA, N.Y. – The Castleton University wrestling team is off to a good start in its third year as a varsity program, sitting in second place after one day of competition against a loaded 12-team field at the Ithaca College Invitational.
The Spartans have wrestlers still in competition for individual titles in seven different weight classes, with two wrestlers remaining in both the 133-pound and 285-pound class. Castleton has amassed 36.0 points as a team, just six points behind first-place Ithaca—the No. 2 team in the nation as ranked by the National Wrestling Coaches Association.
Max Tempel has earned 6.0 points for the Spartans in the 141-pound weight class after the first day of competition at the event, racking up two wins after receiving a bye in the opening round. He recorded one win via fall in just 1:27 before recording a win via major decision, 15-5. Michael Gonyea sits second on the team with 5.5 points for Castleton after winning via fall in the opening round in less than 30 seconds before claiming a win by technical fall in the second round. In the same weight class, Deyker Edwards received a first-round bye before winning by major decision to advance to the third round.
Jesse Webb has 5.0 points for the Spartans through a pair of wins in the 285-pound class, winning by fall and by major decision to advance to the third round. Mason Osborn also advanced to the third round in the 285-pound class for the Spartans, winning via fall and decision for a total of 4.0 points.
Nick Camacho advanced to the third round of the 125-pound division after winning technical fall and decision, while Cooper Fleming had a pair of wins for the Spartans to move into the third round of the 149-pound bracket. Mason LaFlam followed a first-round bye with a 4:16 win via fall to move on to the third round, and Alexander Green earned a win via fall in just 1:11 in the 184-pound class.
Castleton concludes the tournament tomorrow morning, when the nine wrestlers still alive in their respective brackets vie for individual titles, while other Spartan wrestlers will look to compete in the consolation portions of their respective brackets.