Friday, March 7, 2014
Kennebec Journal Staff
WELLS -- Gardiner Area High School senior Daniel Del Gallo got what he hoped for but not quite what he expected Saturday at the Western B wrestling championships.
"There were only five people in my weight class so that was kind of disappointing," he said. "I thought I would get some good matches in, but they just wasn't there. But I picked up my intensity and did what I wanted to do."
And that was more than enough to win a regional title in the 138-pound class. Gardiner freshman Peter Del Gallo, Daniel's younger brother, also won an individual championship in the 106-pound division.
Fryeburg won the Western B title with 176.5 points while Wells was second with 153. Gardiner was fifth with 88 points.
Elsewhere Saturday, Dirigo -- with seven individual champions -- won the Western C title with 181 points. Madison was second with 106. Monmouth finished fourth with 71.
Griffyn Smith (106 pounds), Jesse Hutchinson (145), Brett Whittemore (152), Thomas Barnett (160), DJ Webber (170), Nelson Pepin (182) and Zach White (220) all won titles for the Cougars.
Monmouth junior Stewart Buzzell reached the finals of the 145-pound class, where he lost a 6-5 decision to Dirigo's Jesse Hutchinson.
Monmouth junior James Gambino won a consolation final at 138 pounds, pinning Mountain Valley's Matthew Wheeler in 4:55.
Hall-Dale's Wyatt Rush won a consolation final match in the 152-pound class. He defeated Angus Koller of Mountain Valley 16-1.
Daniel Del Gallo won his first two matches by pin before scoring a 17-2 decision over Hunter Day of Fryeburg Academy in the finals.
Del Gallo pinned Jack Bouchard of York in a minute, 17 seconds to begin his day. He then pinned Miranda Achorn, of Lincoln Academy, in 48 seconds.
Peter Del Gallo also had two pins, including one in the finals against Kyle Bonti, of Morse. Del Gallo pinned Bonti in 4:36.
"In the beginning it was challenging," Peter Del Gallo said, "because I had trouble taking him down. But then I started hitting my moves."
Andrew Doody-Veilleux, Jacob Truman and Mitchell Chesley also had big days for the Tigers.
Doody-Veilleux finished second in the 220-pound class. He lost a 15-0 decision to Alex Mercurio, of York, in the final. Truman (170) and Chesley (195) each won consolation final matches.