BRISTOL, R.I. – Three Bears won championships while three others placed in the top six as Coast Guard placed fourth at the Roger Williams Invitational to open the season.
Coast Guard finished with 131.5 points, just one point shy of host Roger Williams. Johnson & Wales, ranked sixth nationally, won with 171 points while Messiah, ranked fourth nationally, was second with 169.5 points.
Freshman Matt McGowan won the 141 pound championship in his collegiate debut. He won this first match by tech. fall 16-1 in 2:04, then earned three straight decisions, 8-4, 8-5, 7-5 to earn a spot in the championship match. McGowan beat Austin Sherman from Muhlenburg 4-3 for the championship.
Senior Chris Sullivan, ranked #1 in New England, won the 157 pound championship earning an 11-2 major decision over Tyler Gazaway from Roger Williams 11-2 in the final. Sullivan was a man on a mission cruising through the tournament as he opened with a 15-0 tech fall win before three straight pins in 1:23, 3:52 and then 2:29 in the semifinals.
Junior Nick Remke, ranked 10th nationally, won it all at 165 pounds closing it out with a 7-6 win over Jeff Hojnacki from Messiah. who is ranked 7th nationally, in the final. Remke earned a pin in his first match in 4:28, then won 4-0, 10-4, 2-1 to earn a spot in the final.
Sophomore AJ Aeberli placed third at 174 pounds. He opened with a win by pin in 1:04 followed by a 17-2 tech fall and then a 5-3 win before falling 9-4 in the semifinals a two-time national finalist and national champion. Aeberli would win by fall in 4:11 to earn a spot in the third place match where he won 7-3.
Sophomore Patrick Irwin placed fourth at heavyweight. He received a bye before winning by fall in 6:26 before a 3-2 loss dropped him to the consolation bracket. He would win three more matches, a 6-2 decision, a pin in 6:34 and a 7-3 decision before placing fourth
Sophomore Owen McClave placed sixth at 133 pounds. He won his first two matches (by a pin in just 37 seconds followed by a 5-2 decision) before losing 5-4 to the #10 wrestler in the nation. He lost by medical forfeit twice in the consolation bracket.
Freshman Alex Frometa won three times at 165 including a pair of pins, both in just 18 seconds. Junior Christian Gosch won three times at 157 pounds.
Also for the Bears, freshman Patrick Moynihan picked up three wins at 149 pounds, freshman Parker Brunkala won twice at 125 pounds.
Coast Guard is back in action on Saturday at the Doug Parker Invitational at Springfield College.