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Seven Connecticut wrestlers qualify for NCAA Div. III national tournament

Glastonbury native Joseph Rossetti of Williams College finished second at 141 at Sunday’s NCAA Division III Northeast Regional while Coast Guard’s Noah Caskey of Montville finished third. (Photo courtesy Williams College)

PROVIDENCE, R.I., March 1, 2020 – Seven Connecticut natives have qualified to participate in the NCAA Division III national wrestling championships on March 13-14 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Berlin’s Nick Aborio of Western New England University earned a NCAA Division III tournament bid by winning the Northeast Regional title at 125 pounds at Sunday’s NCAA Div. 3 Northeast Regional championships. Glastonbury native Joseph Rossetti of Williams College earned a bid with a second place finish at 141 pounds. The top three finishers in each weight class earned an automatic to the nationals.

Former Fairfield Warde wrestler Izaake Zuckerman (174) of New York University, former Montville High star Noah Caskey (141) of the Coast Guard and former Bristol Central grappler Chris Trelli (133) of Springfield College also qualified. Each finished third in their respective weight classes at the Northeast Regional.

At the Southeast Regional in Grantham, Pa., Washington and Lee University sophomore Ryan Luth (157) earned a berth to the national championship by winning a regional title with four straight wins. Luth, a sophomore who wrestled at Foran in Milford, beat Dylan Van Sickel of Stevens in the title match, 15-8.

Luth had two technical falls and a pin in the tournament, too, as Washington and Lee finished second in the regional tournament.

At the Mideast Regional, Muhlenberg senior Austin Sherman (149) earned his first NCAA tournament invitation by finishing third with a pair of wins on Sunday, including a 6-4 win over a wrestler that beat him on Saturday. Sherman, who won four in a row to take third place, picked up his 100th career win in the consolation final. Sherman wrestled at Fairfield Ludlowe.

With six wrestlers qualifying for the nationals, No. 8 Johnson & Wales beat No. 10 Coast Guard, 168 to 122½ at Rhode Island College to win their fourth straight Northeast Regional championship. New York University was third with 122.

Coast Guard, which finished second for the second consecutive season, is also sending six wrestlers to the NCAA Division III national tournament. Philip Rogers (165), Paul Detwiler (184) and Jon Wagner (197) all won regional championships. AJ Aeberli (174) and Patrick Irwin (275) placed second while Caskey won three matches on Sunday to place third and earn an NCAA bid.

Caskey (141) won an 8-3 decision over Nick Wagner from Roger Williams in his first consolation match of the day before beating  Nathan Lackman from Rhode Island College 2-1 to earn his spot in the third place match against Max Tempel from Castleton, who beat Caskey 3-1 in OT on Saturday. Caskey turned the tables, beating Tempel 3-1 to earn his NCAA spot.

Aborio is 21-0 at 125 pounds won his first regional championship with a 6-4 win over Southern Maine’s Peter Del Gallo. He went 4-0 in the tournament with an 18-0 tech fall win over Plymouth State’s Will Jarvis, a quarterfinal win over Wesleyan’s Amir Daouk and a 7-1 win over NYU’s Tyler Crew in the semifinals.

Rossetti, a junior captain, lost in the finals at 141 pounds to top-seeded Jordan Robinson of Johnson & Wales, 8-5. “Joey wrestled well in the semis and finals, and we will spend some time working on opening his offense up before we head to Iowa next week,” Williams coach Scott Honecker said.

Back-to-back pins in around a minute put Rossetti into the semifinals match against Max Tempei from Castleton University. Rossetti had defeated Tempei for the first time a few weeks ago and he repeated past history in the semifinal with a grueling 2-0 decision. The match kept Rossetti, the No. 2 seed at 141, undefeated at the tournament, clinched a ticket to nationals, and put him contention for the regional championship.

Zuckerman had a pair of wins on Sunday to finish third and qualify for the nationals. He beat Roger Williams’ Brett Leonard, 8-1 in the consolation final.

Trelli beat Wesleyan’s Tristan Stetson, 7-4 in the third place bout to earn a bid to the NCAA Division III tournament.

Wesleyan’s Marco Gaita (174) won a Northeast Regional title for the Cardinals with a 3-2 decision over Coast Guard’s A.J. Aeberli. In the first round, Gaita pinned Raul Gierbolini of Southern Maine in 3:54. Gaita went on to defeat Chance LaPier of Castleton via major decision 9-1 in the quarterfinals, and Izaake Zuckerman of NYU via decision 3-2 in the semifinals.

2020 NCAA Division III Northeast Regional
At Providence
Team results – 1. Johnson & Wales 168, 2. Coast Guard 122½, 3. New York University 122, 4. Springfield 112, 5. Roger Williams 86, 6. Southern Maine 73, 7. Western New England University 68, 8. WPI 62½, 9. Castleton 57½, 10. New England College 56½, 11. Wesleyan 56, 12. Bridgewater State 55½, 13. Williams 34, 14. Rhode Island College 32½, 15. Trinity College 23, 16. Norwich 17, 17. Plymouth State 3

Individual results
125: Final — Nicholas Arborio (Western New Eng.) dec. Peter Del Gallo (Southern Me.) 6-4; 3. Joey Manginelli (Springfield) dec. Justin Lopez (Johnson & Wales) 4-3; 5. Tyler Crew (NYU) dec. Amir Daouk (Wesleyan) 5-3; 7. Diego Santiago (New England Col.) dec. David Yeh (Williams) 5-2

133: Final — Hayden Brown (Johnson & Wales) medical forfeit over Brad Beaulieu (Southern Me); 3. Chris Trelli (Springfield) dec. Tristan Stetson (Wesleyan) 7-4; 5. Trent Furman (NYU) dec. Chris Cook 6-2; 7. Caden Mareno (Coast Guard) tech fall Andy Lombard (Roger Williams) 19-0, 3:00

141: Final — Jordan Robinson (Johnson & Wales) dec. Joseph Rossetti (Williams) 8-5; 3. Noah Caskey (Coast Guard) dec. Max Tempel (Castleton) 3-1; 5. Nathan Lackman (Rhode Island Col.) dec. Michael Vietri (Springfield) 4-0; 7. Justin DeLucia (Western New Eng.) medical forfeit over Nick Wagner (Roger Williams)

149: Final — Da`mani Burns (Johnson & Wales) dec. Evan Fidelibus (New England Col) 10-9; 3. Evan Drill (NYU) dec. Tyler Gazaway (Roger Williams) 5-1; 5. Chase Parrott (Springfield) dec. Alex Starr (Western New Eng.) 2-0; 7. Ronan Ball (WPI) pin Benjamin Forsman (Norwich) 5;39

157: Final — Sean Lyons (NYU) tech fall Darius Joyce (Johnson & Wales) 17-0, 4:49; 3. Ryan Monteiro (Western New Eng.) dec. Chase Lind (WPI) 8-5; 5. Kevin Lyskawa (Trinity) dec. Aaron Goldman (Wesleyan) 3-2; 7. Nicolas Monteleone (Springfield) dec. Zac Thompson (Southern Me.) 9-7

165: Final — Philip Rogers (Coast Guard) pin Zack Lawrence (Springfield) 2:36; 3. Tyler Marsh (WPI) tech fall Fox Maxwell (Bridgewater St.) 15-0, 5:00; 5. Taylor Shay (Roger Williams) tech fall Michael Angers (Castleton) 18-0, 1:55; 7. Timothy Higginson (Johnson & Wales) pin Zachary Ford (Rhode Island Col.) 1:49

174: Final — Marco Gaita (Wesleyan) dec. Arthur (A.J.) Aeberli (Coast Guard) 3-2; 3. Izaake Zuckerman (NYU) dec. Brett Leonard (Roger Williams) 8-1; 5. Malik Settles (New England Col.) dec. Nicholas Almonte (Springfield) 16-6; 7. Chance LaPier (Castleton) pin Raul Gierbolini (Southern Me.) 1:40

184: Final — Paul Detwiler (Coast Guard) dec. Edwin Morales (Bridgewater St.) 9-3; 3. John Boyle (Western New Eng.) dec. Josh Smith (Southern Me.) 2-1; 5. Giovanni Santiago (Johnson & Wales) pin Anthony Malfitano (Roger Williams) 2:22; 7. Daniel Curran (Norwich) medical forfeit over Jason Hoffman (Castleton)

197: Final — Jonathan Wagner (Coast Guard) dec. Tommy Wrzesien (Johnson & Wales) 5-4; 3. Jack La Corte (NYU) dec. Mitchell LaFlam (Castleton) 5-3; 5. Daniel Sblendorio (Rhode Island Col.) dec. Travis Arata (Roger Williams) 3-2; 7. Henry Oberlander (Bridgewater St.) dec. Sam Ware (Springfield) 9-4

285: Final — Michael DiNardo (Johnson & Wales) pin Patrick Irwin (Coast Guard) 5:41; 3. Joe Fusco (Springfield) dec. William Ortman (NYU) 12-2; 5. Ryan Higgins (Bridgewater St.) dec. Jake Peavey (Southern Me.) 15-6; 7. Addison Boisvert (Roger Williams) pin Omar Eldaly (New England Col.) 3:27
2020 Northeast Regional brackets (

NCAA Division III Northeast Regional Champions
2020 – Johnson & Wales (R.I.)
2019 – Johnson & Wales (R.I.)
2018 – Johnson & Wales (R.I.)
2017 – Johnson & Wales (R.I.)
2016 – Ithaca College (N.Y.)
2015 – Ithaca College (N.Y.)
2014 – Cortland State (N.Y.)
2013 – Cortland State (N.Y.)

Previous NCAA Division III Northeast Regional results

Year: Champion Second place Third place
2020: Johnson & Wales 168 Coast Guard 122½ NY University 122
2019: Johnson & Wales 187 Coast Guard 120 Roger Williams 117
2018: Johnson & Wales 156½ WPI 92½ Wesleyan 91½
2017: Johnson & Wales 171½ Ithaca 139½ Cortland State 111½
2016: Ithaca College 144 Roger Williams 136 ½ Cortland State 119
2015: Ithaca College 128½ Johnson & Wales 106 Williams 101
2014: Cortland State 128 Ithaca College 126 Johnson & Wales 105½
2013: Cortland State 133½ Springfield 123 Ithaca 96


Gerry deSimas, Jr., is the editor and founder of Connecticut Wrestling Online. He is an award-winning writer and has been covering sports in Connecticut and New England for more than 35 years. He was inducted into the New England High School Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2018.

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