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Golden Bears Place Tenth at NEWA Dual Meet Championship

Golden Bears Place Tenth at NEWA Dual Meet Championship
BRIDGEWATER, Mass. (January 23, 2016) - The Western New England University wrestling team registered a tenth place finish today at the New England Wrestling Association (NEWA) Dual Meet Championship, hosted by Bridgewater State University at the Adrian Tinsley Center.
 
The Golden Bears, who entered today's tournament seeded 11th out of 14 teams, fell to sixth-seeded Worcester Polytechnic Institute (52-0) in the first round before rebounding with wins over No. 14 Daniel Webster (49-5) and No. 10 Southern Maine (28-24) to secure a top-10 finish. Western New England dropped the ninth-place match to Trinity by a 25-19 score to finish the day 2-2.  
 
Roger Williams defeated Johnson & Wales 27-8 in the championship match to claim the NEWA title, while the Wildcats and Williams finished second and third, respectively. Wesleyan placed fourth overall, and WPI rounded out the top five.
 
After falling in their opener to WPI, the Golden Bears bounced back with a 49-5 triumph over Daniel Webster. Sophomore Tim McLinden (Plaistow, N.H.) got it started with a 17-1 technical fall over Jo-Jo Morse in the 125-pound bout, while classmate Anthony Monteiro (Wilbraham, Mass.) defeated Scott Mongillo at 149 and junior Andrew Cole (Ogdensburg, N.Y.) posted a 19-3 technical fall win over Travis Guthrie at 184. Senior Oumar Keita (Springfield, Mass.) capped the match with a 2-1 decision over Alex Kane at 285 as Western New England earned its first win of the day.
 
McLinden opened the Southern Maine match with an 11-1 major decision over Casey Abshire, improving to 2-0 for the tournament, and Western New England accepted a pair of forfeits to open up a 16-0 advantage. The Huskies answered with wins by fall at 149, 157 and 165, however, to take an 18-16 lead, before freshman Josh Nelson (Bristol, Conn.) put the Golden Bears back in front (19-18) with a 10-7 decision over Aaron Weiss at 174. Cole followed that up by pinning Steven Corio (1:38), and junior Brian Donovan (Manchester, Conn.) sealed the match with a key 5-2 decision over Mark Slusher at 197, giving the Golden Bears a 28-18 cushion.
 
McLinden won his third bout of the day with a 9-0 major decision against Trinity's Drew Saccone, and classmate Austin Sisco (Denville, N.J.) followed by pinning Joe Penna in 57 seconds to give the Golden Bears an early 10-0 lead in the ninth-place match. The Bantams claimed the next three bouts, however, to go up 16-10, before Nelson ended the run with a 4-3 decision over John Davis. After Cole and Donovan each recorded victories at 184 and 197, respectively, to tie the match at 19, Trinity's Lucian Cascino pinned Keita in 4:09 to secure the match and ninth place for the Bantams.

McLinden earned a spot on the All-NEWA Tournament team after going 3-0, earning bonus points with all three of his victories.
 
Western New England (5-11) returns to action next Saturday at the Johnson & Wales University Wildcat Open in Providence, Rhode Island.
 
Results
First Round:
#11 Western New England (WNEU) 0 vs. #6 WPI (WPI) 52
125 Brian Amato (WPI) WBF Shamir Stradford (WNEU) F 1:18
133 Pat Lacroix (WPI) WBF Joe Miano (WNEU) F 1:14
141 Pete Nash (WPI) WBF Lamont Wallace (WNEU) F 3:42
149 Jack Nigro (WPI) WBF FORFEIT F FOR
157 Graysen DeLuca (WPI) WBF Yuri Gulak (WNEU) F 0:51
165 Justin Marsh (WPI) WBD Josh Nelson (WNEU) M 13-1
174 Lucas Muntz (WPI) WBF Patrick Canavan (WNEU) F 2:18
184 Daniel Wensley (WPI) WBD Andrew Cole (WNEU) D 4-3
197 Michael Curtis (WPI) WBD Brian Donovan (WNEU) D 5-0
285 Nick Day (WPI) WBF Oumar Keita (WNEU) F 1:47
 
Second Round:
#11 Western New England (WNEU) 49 vs. #14 Daniel Webster (DWC) 5
125 Tim McLinden (WNEU) WBD Jo-Jo Morse (DWC) TF-5 17-1; 6:40
133 Austin Sisco (WNEU) WBF FORFEIT F FOR
141 Lamont Wallace (WNEU) WBF FORFEIT F FOR
149 Anthony Monteiro (WNEU) WBF Scott Mongillo (DWC) DEF
157 Yuri Gulak (WNEU) WBF FORFEIT F FOR
165 Josh Nelson (WNEU) WBF FORFEIT F FOR
174 Devin Visconti (DWC) WBD Patrick Canavan (WNEU) TF-5 17-0; 4:25
184 Andrew Cole (WNEU) WBD Travis Guthrie (DWC) TF-5 19-3; 4:15
197 Brian Donovan (WNEU) WBF FORFEIT F FOR
285 Oumar Keita (WNEU) WBD Alex Kane (DWC) D 2-1
 
Third Round:
#10 Southern Maine (USM) 24 vs. #11 Western New England (WNEU) 28
125 Tim McLinden (WNEU) WBD Casey Abshire (USM) M 11-1
133 Joe Miano (WNEU) WBF FORFEIT F FOR
141 Austin Sisco (WNEU) WBF FORFEIT F FOR
149 Brendan Weir (USM) WBF Lamont Wallace (WNEU) F 6:52
157 Daniel Del Gallo (USM) WBF Anthony Monteiro (WNEU) F 2:01
165 CJ Luth (USM) WBF Yuri Gulak (WNEU) F 1:51
174 Josh Nelson (WNEU) WBD Aaron Weiss (USM) D 10-7
184 Andrew Cole (WNEU) WBF Steven Corio (USM) F 1:38
197 Brian Donovan (WNEU) WBD Mark Slusher (USM) D 5-2
285 Mike Risti (USM) WBF Oumar Keita (WNEU) F 1:58
 
Ninth Place Match: 
#11 Western New England (WNEU) 19 vs. #13 Trinity (TRI) 25
125 Tim McLinden (WNEU) WBD Drew Saccone (TRI) M 9-0
133 Austin Sisco (WNEU) WBF Joe Penna (TRI) F 0:57
141 Michael Lofrese (TRI) (Injury Default) Lamont Wallace (WNEU) 
149 Jack Reilly (TRI) WBD Anthony Monteiro (WNEU) M 19-5
157 Nolan Cornu (TRI) WBF Yuri Gulak (WNEU) F 2:40
165 Josh Nelson (WNEU) WBD John Davis, III (TRI) D 4-3
174 Enrique Loya (TRI) WBD Patrick Canavan (WNEU) D 3-1
184 Andrew Cole (WNEU) WBD Joe Caggiano (TRI) D 8-3
197 Brian Donovan (WNEU) WBD Mason Sangillo (TRI) D 7-0
285 Lucian Cascino (TRI) WBF Oumar Keita (WNEU) F 4:09
 
Final Standings:
1. Roger Williams
2. Johnson & Wales
3. Williams
4. Wesleyan
5. WPI
6. Springfield
7. RIC
8. Norwich
9.  Trinity
10. Western New England
11. Southern Maine
12. Plymouth State
13. Bridgewater State
14. Daniel Webster