WORCESTER, Mass. – After having its most successful season in program history a season ago, the Castleton University wrestling program has been voted to finish seventh in the New England Wrestling Association, and has landed six wrestlers among the top-eight in their respective weight classes as voted on by NEWA coaches.
Castleton earned 27 total points to rank seventh, sitting closely behind fifth-place Roger Williams (29) and sixth-place Southern Maine (28). The United States Coast Guard Academy was voted as the pre-season favorite, with Johnson & Wales, Western New England, and Wesleyan ranking Nos. 2, 3 and 4. Springfield College, New England College and Bridgewater State rounded out the poll in eighth, ninth and 10th, respectively.
Max Tempel, a 2018-19 NCAA National Championship qualifier, slots in at the No. 2 ranking among the NEWA's 149-pounders, ranking only behind Da'Mani Burns from JWU, an NCAA qualifier in his own right a season ago. Mitchell LaFlam is ranked third at 197, while Jason Hoffman is fourth in the 184-pound class. Frank Darwak (125) and Chance LaPier (174) both rank fifth in their respective weight classes, and Joseph Galusha is ranked eighth in the heavyweight division.
Castleton opens its season November 1 at the Ithaca Invitational.