PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- It was an outstanding day as Coast Guard ranked 18th nationally had six wrestlers advance to the semifinals while seven Bears are still alive after the first day of action at the NCAA Division III Northeast Wrestling Regional.
Christian Gosch (157), All-American Nick Remke (165), NCAA qualifier AJ Aeberli (174), Paul Detwiler (184), NCAA qualifier Jon Wagner (197) and Patrick Irwin (HWT) all won both matches on Saturday to earn a spot in Sunday's semifinals while JD FitzPatrick (141) will wrestle in the consolation quarterfinals on Sunday morning.
Last year the Bears sent a program best four wrestlers to the NCAA Division III Championship with two earning All-America honors.
The six can each punch their tickets to the NCAA Division III Championship with a win in the semifinals, if they lose in the semifinals, they will need a pair of wins to place third and earn the automatic NCAA berth which goes to the top three in each weight class. Fitzpatrick will need to win all three matches on Sunday to earn a berth to the NCAA Championship.
The Bears, ranked 18th nationally, are in second place with 66.5 points, trailing first place Johnson & Wales with 91.5 points.
The six wrestlers are back in action tomorrow starting at 10:00 am with the semifinals followed by the championship and third/fourth place matches. The top three in each weight class will compete at the NCAA Division III Championships in Roanoke, Va. in two weeks.
Parker Brunkala dropped his opening match losing in a tech. fall before beating Nick DeRosa from Springfield 6-3. He would drop a 6-2 decision to Nicholas Camacho from Castleton to end his season.
Kenji Beato registered a 4-1 win in the opening round before being pinned by Michael Gonyea from Castleton, ranked second in New England, in 1:49 to drop to the consolation bracket. Beato would fall to Chris DeRosa from New England College 7-3 to end his tournament.
JD FitzPatrick dropped a 15-11 decision to fourth-ranked Austin Shorey from Southern Maine before registering a 10-8 decision over Sean Randles from Norwich. He would follow that up with an 8-5 decision over James Matias, seeded fifth in New England, from Wesleyan to keep remain alive.
FitzPatrick will wrestle Justin DeLucia from WNEU in the consolation quarterfinals on Sunday morning.
Matt McGowan won by forfeit in the preliminaries and then dropped a 9-6 decision to Sam Lindblom from Rhode Island College and was pinned by Alex Parkhurst from Williams to end the season.
Christian Gosch, ranked third in New England, won by major decision 11-1 over Zach Ford from Rhode Island College and then beat Jack Kelly from Roger Williams 6-1 to earn a spot in the semifinals.
He will take on Ryan Monteiro from WNEU, who is ranked second in New England, in the semifinals.
All-American Nick Remke, ranked second in New England, pinned Tim Caplan from Rhode Island College in 2:42 in the first round and beat Brendan Marion from WPI 6-3 for his spot in the semifinals.
Remke will meet James Murdoch from NYU in the semifinals tomorrow. Remke placed third last year.
AJ Aeberli, ranked first in New England and seventh nationally, opened with a 8-1 decision over Davey Goodall from WNEU and followed that up with an 8-4 decision over Dan Curran to punch his ticket to the Sunday's semifinals after placing second last season.
He will take on Tariq Grissom from Williams tomorrow in the semifinals.
Paul Detwiler, ranked second in the nation, pinned Stephn Birganti from Norwich in 5:52 before recording a 16-5 major decision over Jason Hoffman from Castleton to earn a berth in the semifinals.
He will face off with Khamari Thomas from Johnson and Wales on Sunday morning in the semifinals pitting a pair of nationally ranked wrestlers as Thomas is fourth in the nation.
Jon Wagner, ranked second in New England, opened the tournament with a 10-2 major decision over Daniel MacNeil from Bridgewater State. Wagner earned a 3-1 decision over Michael Curtis from WPI to secure his spot in the semifinals after placing third last season.
He will face Jack La Corte from NYU in the semifinals.
Patrick Irwin, ranked third in New England, pinned Ronnie Caudill from Norwich in three minutes in the opening round before earning an 18-3 tech. fall in 6:05 over Tommy Wresien from Johnson & Wales, who is ranked fourth in New England to secure his spot in the semifinals.
Irwin will wrestle Adam Patson from Roger Williams in Sunday's semifinals. Patson pinned top seeded Joe Fusco from Springfield, who is ranked ninth nationally, in the quarterfinals in 3:16.