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No. 15 Coast Guard wins Ted Reese Invitational again; Pioneers challenged in Vegas

No. 15 Coast Guard won the Ted Reese Invitational for the fourth straight time on Saturday. (Photo courtesy Coast Guard Athletics)

No. 15 Coast Guard had four individual champions and eight finalists to win the Ted Reese Invitational for the fourth straight year Saturday in Gorham, Maine on the campus of Southern Maine.

Coast Guard beat Castleton University from Vermont, 176½ to 164 to win the tournament. Tony Ulaszek (149), David McCullough (174), Paul Detwiler (184) and Coy Spooner (197) won titles for Coast Guard. Ulaszek won three of his matches by pin including the win over teammate Noah Caskey (Montville) in 1:59 in the championship match.

McCullough also won three of his four matches with a pin, including a pin over Castleton’s Cooper Fleming (Granby) in the title match in 3:33. Detwiler’s only pin of the day came in the finals with a 4:27 pin over Castleton’s Sampson Wilkins. Spooner went 4-0 on the day with a one pin and a 14-0 shutout win over Castleton’s Chance Lapier in the final.

Coast Guard is back in action on Friday night at Johnson & Wales at 7 p.m. in Providence.

Two former Ellis Tech wrestlers at American International College won titles on Saturday. At 141, AIC’s Sean Johnson outlasted Castleton’s James Rodriguez, 3-1 in overtime to win a championship while AIC All-American Jo Jo Gonzalez pinned Coast Guard’s Devin Woodworth in 2:06 in the finals. Gonzalez won his 100th varsity match earlier in the week in a tri-meet with Springfield College and Western New England University.

Castleton’s Michael Angers (Tolland) won a title with a 5-1 decision over Southern Maine’s David Kurker in the finals at 165 pounds.

2021 Ted Reese Invitational
At Gorham, Maine
Team results – 1. Coast Guard 176½, 2. Castleton University 164, 3. American International College (AIC) 113, 4. Southern Maine 108½, 5. Plymouth State 70, 6. Springfield Technical Community College (STCC) 47, 7. UConn club 15, 8. New Hampshire club 7½, 9. Maine Maritime Academy 5, 10. MIT 3
Championship finals
125 Jeremiah Echevarria (AIC) dec. Owen Kretschmer (Castleton), 3-2 TB2
133 Michael Gonyea (Castleton) dec. Liam Logue (Coast Guard), 10-0
141 Sean Johnson (AIC) dec. James Rodriguez (Castleton), 3-1 SV
149 Anthony Ulaszek (Coast Guard) pin Noah Caskey (Coast Guard), 1:59
157 Baltazar Gonzalez (AIC) pin Devin Woodworth (Coast Guard), 2:06
165 Michael Angers (Castleton) dec. David Kurker (Southern Maine), 5-1
174 David Mccullough (Coast Guard) pin Cooper Fleming (Castleton), 3:33
184 Paul Detwiler (Coast Guard) pin Sampson Wilkins (Castleton), 4:27
197 Coy Spooner (Coast Guard) dec. Chance Lapier (Castleton), 14-0
285 Jake Peavey (Southern Maine) medical forfeit Tim Ganuncio (Coast Guard)
125 Kaya Bogle (Castleton) pin Brock Laggini (Coast Guard), 0:58
133 Ethan Ford (Southern Maine) medical forfeit Chase Randall (Coast Guard)
141 A.J. Pagliarulo (Coast Guard) medical forfeit Caden Mareno (Coast Guard)
149 Tommy Nichols (AIC) dec. Elijah Cyr (Castleton), 5-4
157 Logan Dubuque (Castleton) pin Jerad Habben (Coast Guard), 3:23
165 Steven Rochard (Coast Guard) pin Ethan Palanca (Castleton), 4:26
174 Juan Vernaza (Southern Maine) dec. Truman Noble (Coast Guard), 10-1
184 Alec Richards (Castleton) forfeit Aidan Whitis (Southern Maine), 0-0
197 Justin Osler (AIC) medical forfeit Haven Tatarek (Castleton)
285 Shea Garand (Castleton) pin Jaylin Houston (Plymouth State), 4:25

2021 Ted Reese Invitational results and brackets

Nebraska wins Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational
Nebraska had three finalists and one individual champion to capture the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational championship on Saturday night at the Las Vegas Convention Center. The Huskers scored 125 points to beat Ohio State (104 points) and Michigan (94½).

Sacred Heart was one of the 32 teams in the tournament and was 25th. Scott Jarosz (165) picked up a win for the Pioneers at 165 pounds in the consolation round. Jarosz lost his first match of the tournament to Michigan’s Cameron Amine, who is ranked No. 10 in the nation, 10-2.

Jarosz rallied with an 11-1 win over The Citadel’s Grant Speer but was eliminated in a 5-2 loss to Kent State’s Brady Chrisman. The remainder of the Pioneer wrestlers each went 0-2 but many faced several nationally-ranked wrestlers.

The biggest match of the finals was at 149 pounds where Cornell’s Yianni Diakomihalis defeated Ohio State’s Sammy Sasso with a convincing 6-2 win. Diakomihalis, a two-time NCAA champion, held momentum throughout the match and kept control throughout the full seven minutes. He was dominant this weekend in Las Vegas, now looking to make a run at his third NCAA championship and up a weight at 149. Sasso was a finalist at 149 pounds at the 2021 NCAAs.

Sacred Heart returns to action when the Pioneers host their home opener on Saturday, Dec. 18 when they host Binghampton at 1 p.m. at the Pitt Center in Fairfield.

2021 Cliff Keen Invitational
At Las Vegas
Team results —
1. Nebraska, 125; 2. Ohio State, 104; 3. Michigan, 94½, 4. (tie) Northwestern and Wyoming, 91½, 6. Purdue, 85½, 7. Cornell, 81, 8. Oregon State, 79, 9. Princeton, 63½, 10. Cal Poly, 60½, 11. Oklahoma, 57½, 12. South Dakota State, 55, 13. Stanford, 41, 14. Navy, 39½, 15. Utah Valley, 34½, 16. Minnesota, 34, 17. Northern Colorado, 33, 18. Harvard, 32½, 19. Binghamton, 28½, 20. Columbia, 22½, 21. Nebraska-Kearney 20, 22. Kent State 19, 23. Cal State-Bakersfield and The Citadel 13½, 25. Sacred Heart 4½, 26. California Baptist University 2½
Championship matches
125 Patrick Glory (Princeton) dec. Devin Schroder (Purdue), 13-0
133 Dylan Ragusin (Michigan) dec. Chris Cannon (Northwestern), 9-5
141 Clay Carlson (South Dakota State) pin Andrew Alirez (Northern Colorado), 6:55
149 Yianni Diakomihalis (Cornell) dec. Sammy Sasso (Ohio State), 6-2
157 Ryan Deakin (Northwestern) dec. Quincy Monday (Princeton), 8-3
165 Evan Wick (Cal Poly) dec. Shane Griffith (Stanford), 6-2
174 Mikey Labriola (Nebraska) dec. Ethan Smith (Ohio State), 7-5 OT
184 Kaleb Romero H (Ohio State) dec. Taylor Venz (Nebraska), 7-3
197 Stephen Buchanan L (Wyoming) dec. Eric Schultz (Nebraska), 7-3
285 Gary Traub (Oregon State) pin Yaraslau Slavikouski (Harvard), 2:51
Third place matches
125 Brandon Kaylor (Oregon State) dec. Jack Medley (Michigan), 7-2
133 Haiden Drury (Utah Valley) dec. Devan Turner (Oregon State), 6-4 OT
141 Chad Red (Nebraska) dec. Cole Mattin (Michigan), 6-1
149 Ridge Lovett (Nebraska) medical forfeit over Yahya Thomas (Northwestern)
157 Jacob Wright (Wyoming) dec. Will Lewan (Michigan), 3-2
165 Carson Kharchla (Ohio State) dec. Julian Ramirez (Cornell), 5-2
174 Christopher Foca (Cornell) dec. Cade Devos (South Dakota State), 8-2
184 Jonathan Loew (Cornell) dec. Tate Samuelson (Wyoming), 6-4
197 Thomas Penola (Purdue) dec. Jake Woodley (Oklahoma), 6-5
285 Christian Lance (Nebraska) dec. Tate Orndorff (Ohio State), 9-4

2021 Cliff Keen Invitational

Gens takes third at RIT Invitational
Avon High graduate Chris Gens, a sophomore at WPI finished third at 285 pounds at Saturday’s 55th annual RIT Invitational in Rochester, N.Y.

Gens’ medal-winning performance helped the Engineers finish eighth in the 16-team event with 68½ points. RIT won the meet with 168½ points.

Gens, the eighth seed, tallied a first period fall and a 6-0 shutout before being knocked to the consolation bracket after a loss in the quarterfinals.  The heavyweight’s road back to the consolation final and third place required four victories in the consolation bracket, including two first period pins and a thrilling 8-7 triumph in the third-place bout.

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 40 years. He was inducted into the New England High School Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2018.

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