Bears Split Home Opener

Marc Wagner
Marc Wagner

NEW LONDON, Conn. - Coast Guard split their home opener as they beat Southern Maine 33-14 and fell to nationally ranked Roger Williams 34-9.

The Bears are 1-1 on the season while the Huskies drops to 1-2 and the Hawks improved to 7-0.

In the Bears opening match of the night, they earned their first dual victory of the season beating Southern Maine 33-14.

Coast Guard got off on the right foot as junior Earl Roberts took an 8-2 decision over freshman Casey Abshire at 125 giving the Bears an early 3-0 lead.

After a forfeit victory at 133 for sophomore Dominick Summers the Huskies got on the board as freshman Brendan Weir won by major decision over freshman Adam Wilhelm 14-2 at 141 making the score 9-4 Coast Guard.

Southern Maine earned another victory at 149 as junior Daniel Del Gallo, currently ranked sixth at 149 by the National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA), topped junior Matt Vieira 13-2 trimming the Bears lead to 9-8.

The momentum swung back in the way of Coast Guard at 157 as sophomore Chris Sullivan (ranked eighth by the NWCA) beat junior CJ Luth 11-0 for the major decision and a 13-8 lead.

Junior Mike Palomba (165) and senior Mike Shermot (174), ranked ninth by the NWCA, both won by fall as Palomba beat sophomore Matthew Wheeler in 56 seconds and Shermot topped sophomore Aaron Pierce in 12 seconds.

The Bears added five more points at 184 as senior Marc Wagner won 20-5 over freshman Jeff Fuller for the technical fall, and a 30-8 advantage.

The Huskies gained back six more points with a forfeit at 197 for freshman Mark Risti but that would be their final points of the night with senior Kevin Painten taking the 6-3 decision over freshman Pierce Knorr capping off the the Bears 33-14 victory.

In Coast Guard's second match against the fifth ranked Roger Williams, the Hawks ran out to an early 15-0 lead on their way to a 34-9 victory.

125 started off in favor of the Hawks as sophomore Nicholas Barbaria pulled away in the third round for a 7-4 decision over Roberts giving Roger Williams and early 3-0 lead.

The Hawks gained another decision at 133 with senior Dan Roger topping Summers 8-4 pushing Roger Williams lead to 6-0.

Sophomore Justin Cochran earned his second fall of the night as he pinned sophomore Benjamin Crutchfield in 1:03 for six points and a 12-0 advantage.

149 was another close match that went in the favor of the Hawks as freshman James Knoeller took the 14-11 decision against Vieira.

Coast Guard got their first points of the night as Sullivan used an escape to gain the only point he needed for a 1-0 decision at 157 over sophomore Carter Merecki cutting Roger Williams lead to 15-3.

The next round saw another 1-0 decision but this time it went in favor of the Hawks with senior Zachary Marcoulier taking the victory over junior Mike Palomba increasing Roger Williams lead to 18-3.

174 saw a battle of two of the top wrestlers in the nation as senior Dan Ressler, ranked eighth by the NWCA, earned a major decision over Shermot winning 13-5 bringing the score to 22-3 Hawks. 

Wagner wrapped up his second victory of the night by pinning sophomore Peter Hilburn in 3:47 making the score 22-9.

Roger Williams wrapped up the night with a forfeit victory for senior David Welch at 197 and then junior Kyle Foster, ranked fourth by the NWCA, pinned sophomore Cory Tomasetti in 4:25 giving the Hawks a 34-9 victory over the Bears.

In the other match of the night, the Hawks topped the Huskies 45-9.

Coast Guard is back in action on January 8th and 9th, when they travel to Fort Wayne, Indiana for the NWCA National Duals.


CGA 33 vs. USM 14

125: Junior Earl Roberts CGA def. Freshman Casey Abshire USM 8-2 Dec.


133: Forfeit (Sophomore Dominick Summers CGA)


141: Freshman Brendan Weir USM def. Freshman Adam Wilhelm CGA 14-2 Maj. Dec.


149: Junior Daniel Del Gallo USM def. Junior Matt Vieira CGA 13-2 Maj. Dec.


157: Sophomore Chris Sullivan CGA def. Junior CJ Luth USM Maj. Dec 11-0

CGA 13-8 USM

165: Junior Mike Palomba CGA def. Sophomore Matthew Wheeler USM Fall 00:56

CGA 19-8 USM

174: Senior Mike Shermot CGA def. Sophomore Aaron Pierce USM Fall 00:12

CGA 25-8 USM 

184: Senior Marc Wagner CGA def. Freshman Jeff Fuller USM Tech. Fall 20-5

CGA 30-8 USM

197: Forfeit (Freshman Mike Risti USM)

CGA 30-14 USM

HWT: Senior Kevin Painten CGA def. Freshman Pierce Knorr USM 6-3 Dec.

CGA 33-14 USM


RWU 34 vs CGA 9

125: Sophomore Nicholas Barbaria RWU def. Junior Earl Roberts CGA 7-4 Dec.


133: Senior Dan Roger RWU def. Sophomore Dominick Summers CGA 8-4 Dec.


141: Sophomore Justin Cochran RWU def. Sophomore Benjamin Crutchfield CGA Fall 1:03

RWU 12-0 CGA

149: Freshman James Knoeller RWU def. Junior Matt Vieira CGA 14-11 Dec.

RWU 15-0 CGA

157: Sophomore Chris Sullivan CGA def. Sophomore Carter Merekci RWU 1-0 Dec.

RWU 15-3 CGA

165: Senior Zachary Marcoulier RWU def. Junior Mike Palomba CGA 1-0 Dec.

RWU 18-3 CGA

174: Senior Dan Ressler RWU def. Senior Mike Shermot CGA 13-5 Maj. Dec.

RWU 22-3 CGA

181: Senior Marc Wagner CGA def. Sophomore Peter Hilburn RWU Fall 3:47 

RWU 22-9 CGA

197: Forfeit (David Welch RWU)

RWU 28-9 CGA

HWT: Junior Kyle Foster RWU def. Sophomore Cory Tomasetti RWU Fall 4:25

RWU 34-9 CGA