SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – The Coast Guard Academy wrestling team, with Fleming Island High state champion Paul Detwiler a freshman 184 pounder, had three second place finishes; one being Detwiler, and three more third place finishes as Coast Guard, ranked 11th nationally, placed fourth at the season-opening Doug Parker Invitational.
“I was hoping that Paul would face John Boyle during the match just to kind of see how he would do up against some of the top guys in his weight division,” said Coast Guard coach Kevin Bratland, who noted Detwiler faced a top 10 ranked quarterfinal opponent in his quarterfinal then a second ranked and fourth in the nation last year opponent in the tournament final. “He did awesome.”
Coast Guard senior Nick Remke was second at 165 pounds with Detwiler was second at 184 and junior Patrick Irwin was second at heavyweight for the Bears.
Springfield won with 111.5 points, Centenary was second with 102.5 followed by Southern Maine with 97.5 points and Coast Guard finished with 94.5 points.
Detwiler won his collegiate debut 11-2 and followed that up with a 5-2 quarterfinal win for a spot in the semifinals where he advanced to the final via a medical forfeit. Detwiler lost 8-6 to John Boyle from Western New England, who was ranked second in preseason rankings nationally, in the final. Boyle finished fourth at the NCAA Division III nationals last year.
One guy not surprised was Fleming Island High coach P.J. Cobbert.
“Paul is battled tested and strong,” said Cobbert. “We wrestle the top guys in Florida in 3A and Paul was untouchable. He’ll do well up there.”
In his first match, Detwiler won an 11-2 decision after building a 5-0 second period lead over Duncan Kreutter, a freshman at Wesleyan University (CT). Detwiler got a third period escape to go to 6-0 before Kreutter scored off a takedown. Detwiler showed poise against Kreutter with two more escapes and a single leg takedown in the final stanze.
In his quarterfinal match, against Mike Gallagher, a senior at Rhode Island College who was ranked sixth nationally in preseason polls, Detwiler won a 5-2 decision after roaring back from a 1-0 deficit after two periods with neither wrestler able to sustain any offense.
In the third period, Detwiler showed off his leg strength with three escapes from the down position before grabbing a single leg takedown for the final 5-2 score.
“Paul went up against two nationally ranked guys and showed good poise out there,” said Bratland. “Once he learns the little differences in college wrestling scoring, especially riding time, I won’t put anything past him as far as his success for the year.”
In the final, after advancing through the semifinal via a medical forfeit, Detwiler and Boyle battled through a series of stalemates to a 0-0 tie after one period with Detwiler answering in the second period with an escape before popping off a takedown to go up 3-0.
“At the high school level, there is no riding time points awarded, but in the college level, the riding time is a luxury and can be the difference in close matches,” said Bratland. “Paul is strong enough to keep a guy down, gain some time and wear his opponent out from top. His wrestling IQ is very high and I think he will learn quickly.”
Boyle pulled away for an escape at 12 seconds to go to end the second period and set up a dramatic final stanza.
In the third period, Boyle escaped again for a 3-2 score with Detwiler spinning and getting a two-point reversal to up his lead to 5-2. Detwiler was in control from behind but Boyle scored a reversal to close the gap to 5-4 with a Detwiler escaping again from the down position to go up 6-4.
“His base is really strong and his center of gravity is very low to the ground,” said Bratland. “I did not tell him anything about the two guys in his bracket prior to the matches and he just wrestled hard.”
Boyle struck fast with a single leg takedown with 20 seconds to finish the scoring and send the match to a one minute overtime where he punched in a single leg takedown for the winner.
The Bears are back in action on Dec. 1st at the Ted Reese Invitational at Southern Maine.
Davis wins in Southeastern first win
Former Fleming Island High state wrestling champion (2017) Jason Davis won by decision at 184 as the Southeastern University (FL) wrestling team beat 15th-ranked Campbellsville University 27-12 in dual meet action at Southeastern on November 16.
Southeastern, which had lost its first two matches of the season; to RV Marian University, 24-20 on November 10 and to 10th-ranked Williams Baptist College, 21-18 on November 10 at the Lindsey Wilson Duals in Columbia (KY).
“We won five matches last week in both duals last week, but lost some bonus points,” said Southeastern coach Javier Maldonado. “Our guys realized it, and came back, had a great week of practice and came back focused and ready to fight.”
Against Williams Baptist, Davis, a sophomore, lost an 8-5 decision at 184.
Southeastern wrestles in the NAIA.
Gustilo wins college opener
Former Oakleaf High wrestler Ethan Gustilo, now a freshman at Reinhardt University (GA), won his first college match with an impressive 18-5 decision at Reinhardt’s 47-3 season opening win over Huntington College on November 4 in Waleska, Ga.
Gustilo, wrestling at 133, beat Tristan Powell of Huntington. Gustilo, at 138 while a senior at Oakleaf, was region qualifier at Oakleaf in 2016 and 2017 losing in the consolation semifinals to miss a state meet berth in both years.
Reinhardt is 16th-ranked in NAIA.
In Reinhardt’s second match, Gustilo lost in the 133 final by pin at the King College Open in Bristol, TN.
On November 17, at the North Carolina State Duals at NC State University, Reinhardt lost matches to 8th-ranked in NCAA Division I NC State and also UNC Palmetto. Gustilo did not wrestler.
Two Golden Eagles at Iowa Lakes
Two Fleming Island High School state meet wrestlers, Tracy Davis and Jose Concepcion, are on the Iowa Lakes Community College wrestling team. Iowa Lakes is ranked second nationally in junior college wrestling.
Davis, a red shirt freshman at 141 pounds, won a 7-1 decision in Iowa Lakes’ second Iowa Community College Athletic Conference (ICCAC) Dual of the season, a 35-9 win over Reivers.
Davis was able to control the match from start to finish capitalizing on takedowns and back points. The sophomore 141 lbs wrestler had a 7-1 the closing moments of the match but was unable to score two more points necessary to give him a major decision.
In a win over 10th-ranked Ellsworth, Davis won a 9-5 victory able by capitalizing off several takedowns on his feet, as well as near fall points from the top position. This plethora of offensive points was enough to give him a 9-5 victory extending the Lakers lead to 8-3.
Concepcion, third in Florida High School Class 3A at 285, wrestles behind Andre Bissainthe in the lineup.