NEW LONDON, Conn. - The Bears climbed back to .500 on the year as they earned two victories over Bridgewater State and WPI on Saturday afternoon at the Coast Guard's Billard Gymnasium.
Coast Guard (4-5) 43 Bridgewater State (2-11) 9
Coast Guard's match against Bridgewater started off with each side swapping forfeits at 125 and 133 pounds making the score 6-6 in the early going.
Freshman Adam Willhelm gave the Bears the lead back making quick work of Bridgewater's freshman Jacob Mullin-Bernstein pinning him in 44 seconds for a 12-6 Coast Guard lead.
Freshman Christian Gosch then tacked on to the Bears lead at 149 as he earned a major decision against sophomore Matt Jiampetti 10-0 making the score 16-6.
Sophomore Chris Sullivan, currently ranked third by the New England Wrestling Association, pinned freshman Declan Heaslip in 4:27 seconds pushing Coast Guard's lead to 22-6.
The falls continued for the Bears as junior Mike Palomba (02:07), junior Daniel Fiorvanti (01:17) and senior Marc Wagner (00:56) pinned junior Jason Gebara, junior Matt Provost and freshman Scott Spillert at 165, 174 and 184 respectively increasing Coast Guard's lead to 39-6. Palomba (165) and Fiorvanti (174) are currently ranked fifth by the NEWA.
Junior Phil Azzari, ranked sixth by the NEWA at 197, grabbed four more points for Coast Guard defeating junior Stephen Heaslip by major decision (17-4) making the score 43-6.
Freshman Thomas Aresenault claimed the final match for Bridgewater earning a 2-1 decision in overtime over senior Kevin Painten of Coast Guard wrapping up a 43-9 victory for the Bears.
Coast Guard (5-5) 24 WPI (13-9) 12
The Bears second match against WPI featured a combined 12 wrestlers ranked by the NEWA.
The Engineers jumped out to an early lead as junior Brian Amato (fifth in the NEWA) earned a decision against freshman Earl Roberts at 125 giving WPI an early 3-0 advantage.
After a forfeit at 133 in favor of WPI made the score 9-0, Coast Guard got on the board as junior Matt McCallister took the upset victory over freshman Pete Nash, ranked fifth at 141 by the NEWA, with a 9-4 decision bringing the score to 9-3.
Junior Matt Vieira swung the momentum back to the Bears at 149 as he pinned sophomore Matt Nigro in 4:17 tying the match at nine.
157 saw a battle of ranked opponents as Sullivan (third) grinded out a 8-1 decision against freshman Graysen DeLuca, fifth by the NEWA, for his second win of the day giving Coast Guard their first lead of the day at 12-9.
Senior Justin Marsh, ranked third by the NEWA at 165, tied the Match at 12 as he used a late take down to seal a 10-5 decision over Palomba (fifth).
Fiorvanti (fifth) put the Bears back on top with his second win of the day, an 8-5 decision over junior Lucas Muntz (ranked sixth by the NEWA) making the score 15-12.
Coast Guard increased their lead to six as Wagner earned his second win of the day with a upset victory over freshman Dan Wensley, ranked fifth by the NEWA at 184, putting the Bears up 18-12.
Azzari (sixth) sealed the win for the Bears with his second victory on the day, an 8-5 decision over freshman Michael Curtis (ranked fifth by the NEWA) giving Coast Guard a 21-12 advantage.
Sophomore Cory Tomasetti capped off the Bears second win of the day defeating freshman Austin Shrewsbury 8-4 putting the final touches on the 24-12 victory.
Coast Guard is back in action on Wednesday, February 10th, when they travel to arch rival Merchant Marine for a midweek dual. First match is at 6:00 pm.
Coast Guard (4-5) 43 Bridgewater State (2-11) 9
125: Forfeit (Freshman Earl Robert CGA)
CGA 6 - BSU 0
133: Forfeit (Freshman Andrew Valdina BSU)
CGA 6 - BSU 6
141: Freshman Adam Willhelm CGA def. Freshman Jacob Mullin-Bernstein BSU Fall 00:44
CGA 12 - BSU 6
149: Freshman Christian Gosch CGA def. Sophomore Matt Jiampetti BSU Major Decision 10-0
CGA 16 - BSU 6
157: Sophomore Chris Sullivan CGA def. Freshman Declan Heaslip BSU Fall 04:27
CGA 22 - BSU 6
165: Junior MIke Palomba CGA def. Junior Jason Gebara BSU Tech. Fall 02:07
CGA 27 - BSU 6
174: Junior Daniel Fiorvanti CGA def. Junior Matt Provost BSU Fall 01:17
CGA 33 - BSU 6
184: Senior Marc Wagner CGA def Freshman Scott Spillert BSU Fall 00:56
CGA 39 - BSU 6
197: Junior Phil Azzari CGA def Junior Stephen Heaslip BSU Major Decision 17-4
CGA 43 - BSU 6
285: Freshman Tom Arsenault BSU def.Senior Kevin Painten CGA Decision 2-1
CGA 43 - BSU 9
Coast Guard (5-5) 24 def. WPI (13-9) 12
125: Junior Brian Amato WPI def. Freshman Earl Robert CGA Decision 8-4
WPI 3 - CGA 0
133: Forfeit (Junior Pat Lacroix WPI)
WPI 9 - CGA 0
141: Junior Matt McAllister CGA def. Freshman Pete Nash WPI Decision 9-4
WPI 9 - CGA 3
149: Junior Matt Vieira CGA def. Sophomore Jack Nigro WPI Fall 04:17
CGA 9 - WPI 9
157: Junior Chris Sullivan CGA def. Freshman Graysen Deluca WPI Decision 8-1
CGA 12 - WPI 9
165: Senior Justin Marsh WPI def. Junior Mike Palomba CGA Decision 10-5
CGA 12 - WPI 12
CGA 15 - WPI 12
184: Senior Marc Wagner CGA def. Freshman Dan Wensley WPI Decision 8-4
CGA 18 - WPI 12
197: Junior Phil Azzari CGA def. Mike Curtis WPI Decision Decision 8-5
CGA 21 - WPI 12
285: Sophomore Cory Tomasetti CGA def. Freshman Austin Shrewbury WPI Decision 8-4
CGA 24 - WPI 12