NEW LONDON, Conn. -- Coast Guard, ranked 18th nationally, won eight of the 10 matches, seven by decision, to beat archrival Merchant Marine 25-6 on Senior Night.
The Bears finish the dual meet portion of the season with a record of 9-3 to post a winning record for the fifth straight season while the Mariners drop to 6-7 on the season.
Parker Brunkala opened the night with a 2-0 decision at 125 pounds and with the score tied 3-3, the Bears would then win seven consecutive matches, the clincher was at 184 pounds in the battle of nationally ranked wrestlers as Paul Detwiler, who is ranked second beat #9 Josh Glantzman 7-4 to give the Bears a 22-3 lead.
JD FitzPatrick (141) won a 6-5 decision, Matt McGowan won a 10-2 major decision at 149 pounds, Christian Gosch was a 5-4 winner at 157 pounds in his final home match, All-American Nick Remke, ranked 7th nationally was a 6-5 winner in the final home match of his career.
AJ Aeberli was a 7-4 winner at 174 pounds and Jon Wagner posted a 9-2 decision at 197 pounds.
Patrick Irwin closed out the night with a thrilling match falling to Blake Bunce, ranked 7th nationally at heavyweight, 5-3 in the second tiebreaking round.
The Bears picked up yet another point in the Superintendent's Trophy standings, which Coast Guard clinched on Monday night. The Bears have beaten Merchant Marine in all 11 athletic contests during this school year.
Coast Guard now prepares for the NCAA Division III Northeast Regional on Feb. 23rd and 24th at Johnson & Wales. Last season, the Bears sent program record four wrestlers to the championship with two earning All-America honors.
#18 COAST GUARD 25, MERCHANT MARINE 6
125 Parker Brunkala (CGA) dec. Jace Garza, 2-0
133 Kimo Dial (MMA) dec. Kenji Beato, 7-2
141 JD FitzPatrick (CGA) dec. Dan May, 6-5
149 Matt McGowan (CGA) major dec. Austin Vincent, 10-2
157 Christian Gosch (CGA) dec. Kieran Duggan, 6-4
165 #7 Nick Remke (CGA) dec. Billy Sims, 6-5
174 #7 AJ Aeberli (CGA) dec. Max Sims, 7-4
184 #2 Paul Detwiler (CGA) dec. #9 Josh Glantzman, 7-4
197 Jon Wagner (CGA) dec. Kurtis Hahn, 9-2
HWT #7 Blake Bunce (MMA) dec. Patrick Irwin, TB (2) 5-3