The Builder Wrestling team traveled to the University of Southern Maine Saturday to compete in the Ted Reese Invitational, placing 6th out of 16 teams. The young team saw some new variety this weekend, seeing competitors from NCAA div3 and NCWA programs all based in New England. The US Coast Guard Academy (NCAA D3) won the event with 166 team points, followed by host Southern Maine with 159 points. Apprentice edged Trinity College of Connecticut for the top-six finish.
Sophmore Colton Messick led the way for the Builders with a runner-up finish at 125 lbs. Messick continues to improve this season, advancing to the finals with a first period pin in the quarter-final, and a thrilling 5-4 decision in the semi-finals over Stephen Nadera of Johnson and Wales University. Trailing 3-0 in the final period, Messick found a late takedown in the final 30 seconds to bring the bout within reach, followed up with another takedown with only 3 seconds remaining to secure a spot in the championship finals. He went on to drop a major decision to #5 ranked (D3) Peter Del Gallo of host Southern Maine in the finals. Colton is now 9-5 on the season, and remains undefeated against NCWA competition.
Two other Builders advanced to the semi-finals, with Shalek Colon and Wes Sorey both winning their first two bouts at 141 and 184 lbs respectively.
Freshman Wes Sorey entered as the top seed Saturday and opened with a first period fall in the first round over Castleton State, followed by a 10-5 decision in the quarter-final against Trinity. After dropping a decision to eventual champion Dylan Da Silva of Plymouth State in the semi-final, Sorey bounced back with a narrow 7-8 decision and a pin over Coast Guard in the consolation finals to secure a 3rd place finish. Wes is now 10-2 on the season and yet to place outside of a the top three in any tournament this year.
Sophmore Colon, High School teammate of Sorey at Oscar Smith (Chesapeake, VA), had a disappointing day after failing to repeat as Ted Reese Champion this year. The 2016 champion at 133 lbs, moved up to 141 this year and opened with two dominant wins before falling to Southern Maine in the semi finals. Colon seemed to be on his way to an appearance in the 3rd place bout with a lead in the consolation semi-final before being caught for a pin. With his next opponent not allowed to compete, the 5th place finish brings Shalek to 4-6 on the season as he continues to grow into his new role at 141 lbs.
Other notable performances;
197 lbs - Ross Graham, Fr. 3-2 with a major decision, a 16-1 tech fall, and a pin.
174 lbs - Chad Simmons, Jr. 2-2 with 1 pin
184 lbs - Devon Meredith, Fr. 2-2 with 2 pins
133 lbs - Trey Boyd, Fr. 2-2 with a 16-1 tech Fall
285 lbs - Zach Sintobin, So. 2-2 with a major decision
Up Next: The Team will see their first dual-meet action of the season in a quad at Waynesburg University in Waynesburg PA on Dec 9.
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