GORHAM, Maine – Freshman Peter Del Gallo (Gardiner, Maine) earned his 31st win of the season with a technical fall at 125 pounds to highlight the University of Southern Maine Huskies' wrestling team in a 30-15 loss to third-ranked Johnson and Wales University Wildcats in a dual meet Saturday afternoon at Hill Gymnasium.
With the win, the nationally-ranked Wildcats improves to 23-1 in dual meets this season. Southern Maine fell to 12-5 with the loss.
Prior to the start of the match, Southern Maine recognized its four seniors for their contributions to the Huskies' program. USM honored Steven Corio (Manville, R.I./Lincoln), Daniel Del Gallo (Gardiner, Maine), CJ Luth (Milford, Conn./Foran) and Aaron Weiss (East Machias, Maine/St. Paul's School).
JWU led 12-0 after the first three bouts winning the 184, 197 and 285 pound weight classes. Del Gallo put the Huskies on the board with a dominating 22-6 win at 125 pounds over the Wildcats' senior Anthony Donofrio (Lake Panamoka, N.Y.). Del Gallo is ranked second in New England at 125 pounds.
Ranked first in New England, JWU sophomore Jay Albis (Fishkill, N.Y.) earned the five points back for the Wildcats winning by technical fall, 18-2, at 133 pounds over USM sophomore Casey Abshire (Lowell, Mass.), before the Wildcats went ahead 19-5 after the 141 pound match. The top ranked wrestler in weight class in the region, and fourth nationally, USM senior Dan Del Gallo (Gardiner, Maine) earned a win by forfeit at 149 pounds, pulling USM to within seven, 19-11. Luth then made it a four-point match with a 12-3 major decision victory at 157 pounds defeating Wildcat senior Desmond Towns (Morristown, N.J.).
JWU closed out the match with 11 points over the next two bouts, earning a win by technical fall at 165 pounds, 23-7, and a win by fall at 174. Senior Stephen Jarrell (East Greenwich, R.I.) earned the win at 165 for JWU, while sophomore Michael Gargano (Old Bridge, N.J.) pinned his USM opponent in 1:46 to seal the 30-15 win.
Southern Maine returns to action on the road at Johnson & Wales University for the NEWA Futures Tournament on Sunday, February 19 (12:00 p.m.).