PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Coast Guard will send a record five wrestlers to the NCAA Division III Championships as three wrestlers won Northeast Region Championship, one finished second and another placed third leading the Bears to a second place finish at the NCAA Division III Northeast Wrestling Regional at Johnson and Wales.
Junior A.J. Aeberli (174), sophomore Jon Wagner (197) and junior Patrick Irwin (HWT) all won Northeast Region championships for the first time. All-American senior Nick Remke (165) placed second, freshman Paul Detwiler (184) was third and all five earn the automatic berth to the NCAA Division III Championship in Roanoke, Va. on March 8th and 9th.
Coast Guard sent a then record four wrestlers to the NCAA championships last season with Owen McClave (133) and Remke (165) earning All-America honors with Aeberli and Wagner also qualified.
Also for the Bears, senior Christian Gosch (157) would place fifth and sophomore JD FitzPatrick took sixth to earn All-region honors
The Bears, ranked 18th nationally, finished second with 120 points while host Johnson & Wales with 187 points.
WEIGHT BY WEIGHT BREAKDOWN
J.D. FitzPatrick beat Justin DeLucia from WNEU 4-3 in the consolation quarterfinals before Joe Rossetti from Williams pinned him in 46 seconds.
He would place sixth after being pinned by Southern Maine's Austin Shorey in 1:21.
Christian Gosch, ranked third in New England, dropped a 3-1 decision to Ryan Monteiro from WNEU, who is ranked second in New England, in the semifinals. He would lose 5-2 to Dylan Dwyer from NY in the consolation semifinals before earning a 12-2 major decision over Brendon Seyfried from Williams to finish fifth.
All-American Nick Remke, ranked second in New England, in the match of the day took three tiebreakers to outlast James Murdoch from NYU.
He would drop a 3-2 decision to Taylor Shay from Roger Williams, the #2 ranked wrestler in the nation, to finish second and quality for the NCAA Championships for the second straight season as he placed fifth last season.
A.J. Aeberli, ranked first in New England and seventh nationally, earned a 3-2 decision over Tariq Grissom from Williams in the semifinals and won the championship with a 4-1 decision over Mike Gargano from Johnson and Wales, who is ranked second in New England.
Aeberbi placed second at the regional last season and earns a second straight trip to the NCAA's.
Paul Detwiler, ranked second in the nation, dropped a 5-2 decision to Khamari Thomas from Johnson and Wales, ranked fourth in the nation, in the semifinals.
Detwiler would come back in style earning a 19-4 tech. fall win in 5:30 over Ryan DeLoach from Roger Williams before punching his ticket to the NCAA's with a 7-3 decision over Dan Wensley from WPI, who is ranked 7th in the nation.
Jon Wagner, ranked second in New England, earned an 8-6 decision over Jack La Corte from NYU in the semifinals and earned a medical forfeit over Michael DiNardo from JWU, the fourth ranked wrestler in the nation, to win the championship.
Wagner was third at the regional last season and will make his second straight trip to the NCAA's.
Patrick Irwin, ranked third in New England, squeaked out a 1-0 decision over Adam Patson from Roger Williams in the semifinals before winning the championship by beating Jesse Webb from Castleton, who is ranked second in New England 2-0.
He will make his first ever NCAA national tournament appearance.