Bears Compete at All-Academy Championship

Mike Palomba
Mike Palomba

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - No. 16 Coast Guard was the top Division III team at the 23rd annual All-Academy Championships hosted by the United States Naval Academy.

The Bears finished in sixth place with 11.5 points followed by rival Merchant Marine in seventh with 7 points and Norwich in eighth with three points.

Sophomore Nick Remke (165) and senior Mike Palomba (174) both earned fourth place finishes in their respective weight classes.

Remke fell to junior Drew Daniels in his opening bout before winning consecutive matches topping Ruston Hill II of the Citadel 6-4 and Cade Kiely of VMI 3-2. Remke fell to Tyler Wiederholt in the third place match dropping a 14-7 decision. 

After falling to Beau Billingsley in the opening round, Palomba went on to pin Martin Duane of the Citdael in 5:35 and then took a 12-7 decision from Shabaka Johns of VMI. Palomba finished off his day against Michael Billingsley who earned a tech. fall against Palomba in 3:52. 

Other wrestlers earning victories on the day was senior Earl Roberts (125) over Patrick Kearney of the Citadel 9-8, senior Matt McAllister (141) over Daniel May of Merchant Marine 6-2, senior Matt Vieira (149) major decision over Tyler Ayers of Norwich 15-6, No. 5 junior Chris Sullivan (157) over Erik Bashada of Merchant Marine 9-7 and senior Daniel Fiorvanti (184) over Chandler Sambets 5-2.

Coast Guard is back in action Saturday, February 4, when they travel to Bridgewater St. for a quad meet against host Bridgewater, WPI and No. 14 NYU.

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