Four Coast Guard wrestlers are in the semifinals of the National Wrestling Coaches Association’s (NWCA) Division III championship tournament and six Bears have earned All-American honors after the first day of action in Coralville, Iowa.
No. 1 seeds Paul Detwiler (184) and Jon Wagner (197) each advanced to the semifinals along with unseeded A.J. Pagliarulo (141) and No. 2 seed Phil Rogers (165).
No. 8 seed Noah Caskey (149), the sophomore from Montville and No. 11 seed Tony Ulaszek (157) are alive in the consolation round but advanced far enough to clinch All-American honors – finishing in the top eight of their respective weight class.
No team scores are being kept in the tournament.
Rogers had a pair of pins to advance to the semifinals. Detwiler had three wins, including two pins. Pagliarulo beat No. 3 seed Jalen Schropp of Loras, 5-4 in the round of 16 and topped No. 11 Tyler Difiore, 5-3, with a takedown with 16 seconds left in their quarterfinal match.
Rogers had a pin and a 19-8 decision before outlasting Donald Moss III of Adrian, 3-2, thanks to a takedown with 1:35 left in his quarterfinal bout.
Ulaszek went 4-1 on the day with three pins and a two-point decision. He had two pins under a minute (19, 32 seconds) and a pin in 1:06. Caskey went 3-1 on Friday with a pin.
Southington’s Caleb Brick, wrestling for Milwaukee School of Engineering at 157 pounds, lost his two matches in the tournament by pin and an 8-2 loss.
The tournament can be seen live on FloWrestling. Wrestling begins on Saturday at noon with the championship finals at 6 p.m.