GORHAM, Maine – Senior Peter Del Gallo (Gardiner, Maine), and juniors Austin Shorey (Lebanon, Maine) and Juan Vernaza (Miramar, Fla./Somerset Academy) each posted 2-0 record to highlight the University of Southern Maine Huskies in their home-opener tri-match with Bridgewater State University Bears and the Johnson & Wales University Wildcats Saturday afternoon at Hill Gymnasium.
Southern Maine defeated Bridgewater State 30-10 and fell to the Wildcats 21-11. The Huskies are now 3-1 in dual meet action. JWU swept its contests defeating the Bears 34-8.
Against Bridgewater State, Southern Maine won its first four bouts consecutively, including a win by fall from Del Gallo over Bears' junior Anthony Farrell in 1:34 at 133 pounds. Shorey also earned a win by fall, putting his 149-pound opponent freshman Connor Gagne to the mat in just 50 seconds. Competing at 165 pounds, Vernaza had his first of two victories on the day, downing Fox Maxwell by decision 6-4.
Against JWU, Del Gallo took a 5-1 decision over Nick Desola, while Shorey battled his way to a 3-1 win over Jordan Robinson. Vernaza held for a 5-2 win over Steven Ocampo scoring a take down in the closing seconds while ahead just 3-2.
Southern Maine is back in action on Friday and Saturday, November 15-16 at the Roger Williams Invitational.
USM Tri-Meet: November 9, 2019
Southern Maine, Johnson & Wales, and Bridgewater State
Johnson & Wales 34, Bridgewater State 8
125: Christopher Caban (JWU) pinned Wilson Gomes (BSU), 2:32 JWU 6-0
133: Nicholas DeSola (JWU) dec. Shawn Farrell (BSU), 8-4 JWU 9-0
141: Frederick Eckles (JWU) tech fall Derick Guerrero (BSU), 16-0 (2:30) JWU, 14-0
149: Marvin Cunningham (JWU) tech fall Connor Gagne (BSU), 20-2 (3:00) JWU, 19-0
157: Samuel Tenaglia (JWU) dec Devin Winn (BSU), 9-3 JWU, 22-0
165: Steven Ocampo (JWU) dec Fox Maxwell (BSU), 6-4 (SV-1) JWU, 25-0
174: Wilfredo David (BSU) tech fall Ky'ell Roper (JWU), 16-1 (4:52) JWU, 25-5
184: Nick Caracappa (JWU) pinned Chris Roppolo (BSU), 6:55 JWU, 31-5
197: Daniel MacNeil (BSU) dec Jordi Perez (JWU), 6-3 JWU, 31-8
285: Liridon Leka (JWU) dec Joseph Munro (BSU), 6-3 JWU, 34-8
Southern Maine 30, Bridgewater State 10
125: Antoine Grace (SM) dec. Wilson Gomes (BSU), 10-8 USM, 3-0
133: Peter Del Gallo (SM) pinned Anthony Farrell (BSU), 1:34 USM, 9-0
141: Kevin Moore (SM) dec Shawn Farrell (BSU), 5-0 USM, 12-0
149: Austin Shorey (SM) pinned Connor Gagne (BSU), 0:50 USM, 18-0
157: Devin Winn (BSU) maj dec Jared Garcia (SM), 17-7 USM, 18-4
165: Juan Vernaza (SM) dec. Fox Maxwell (BSU), 6-4 USM, 21-4
174: Zach Thompson (SM) dec. Wilfredo David (BSU), 6-4 USM, 24-4
184: Josh Smith (SM) won by forfeit USM, 30-4
197: Henry Oberlander (BSU) dec Elijah Babb (SM), 10-4 USM, 30-7
285: Ryan Higgins (BSU) dec. Jake Peavey (SM), 6-1 USM, 30-10
Johnson & Wales 21, Southern Maine 11
125: Chris Caban (JWU) pinned Andy Almonte (SM), 5:37 JWU, 6-0
133: Peter Del Gallo (SM) dec Nick Desola (JWU), 5-1 JWU, 6-3
141: Freddie Eckles (JWU) dec. Kevin Moore (SM), 8-3 JWU, 9-3
149: Austin Shorey (SM) dec. Jordan Robinson (JWU), 3-1 JWU, 9-6
157: Sam Tenaglia (JWU) dec Jared Garcia (SM), 8-3 JWU, 12-6
165: Juan Vernaza (SM) dec Steven Ocampo (JWU), 5-2 JWU, 12-9
174: Seon Bowker (JWU) dec Ryan Fredette (SM), 9-6 JWU, 15-9
184: Jordi Perez (JWU) dec Raul Gierbolini (SM), 5-3 JWU, 18-9
197: Josh Smith (SM) dec. Nick Caracappi (JWU), 5-3* JWU, 18-11
285: Liridon Leka (JWU) dec. Jake Peavey (SM), 805 JWU, 21-11
*USM deducted a point for unsportsmanlike conduct.