LA CROSSE, Wis. — Dan Del Gallo became the first University of Southern Maine wrestler to win a national championship, recording a 4-1 decision over Aaron Engle of Cornell (Iowa) in the 149-pound final Saturday at the Division III championships.

Del Gallo, a senior from Gardiner who entered the tournament as the No. 4 seed, finished his 45-1 season with a pair of victories Saturday. In the semifinals, he beat two-time defending champion Kenny Martin of Wartburg, scoring two takedowns in a 7-5 victory over the No. 1 seed.

That victory sent Del Gallo to the final against Engle, who was unseeded but knocked off three of the top six seeds. After a scoreless first period, Del Gallo took the lead with an escape early in the second, then added a takedown in the third to make it 3-0.

Del Gallo broke USM’s all-time wins record when he won two matches Friday night, a 13-1 decision over Ty Johnson of Concordia-Moorhead and a second-period fall against Carter Armendarez of Wesleyan. He ended his career with a 137-19 record, three wins more than USM Coach Mike Morin, a two-time All-American.


DIVISION I: Isaiah Harris of Lewiston became a two-time All-American by finishing fourth in the 800 meters in College Station, Texas.

Harris, a Penn State sophomore, was clocked in 1 minute, 47.94 seconds. Emmanuel Korir of Texas-El Paso won with a time of 1:47.48.

Harris improved on his 12th-place finish indoors as a freshman and his sixth-place finish outdoors.

Harris also ran on the 1,600-meter relay team that finished 10th.

DIVISION III: Emma Egan of Yarmouth just missed a national title in her first NCAA championship meet, finishing second in the high jump in Naperville, Illinois.

Egan, a freshman at Williams, cleared 5 feet, 73/4 inches, the same height as Ohio Wesleyan’s Cirrus Robinson, who had one fewer miss than Egan.

Bates teammates Allison Hill and Jessica Wilson and USM hurdler Neka Dias also earned All-America honors.

Hill, a senior from Brunswick, finished fifth in the 200 meters with a time of 25.22 seconds, and Wilson, a senior from Cumberland, was fifth in the 3,000 with a school-record time of 9:45.33.

Dias, a senior from San Antonio, posted a time of 8.97 in the 60-meter hurdles to place sixth.


NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS: Colby senior Silas Eastman, a former Fryeburg Academy athlete, placed 18th in the 20-kilometer freestyle to help the Mules finish 10th overall.

Eastman was clocked in 48 minutes, 0.9 seconds. He finished three spots ahead of Yarmouth’s Braden Becker (48:14.3), a sophomore at Williams.

Bates senior Sadie James of Avon placed 36th in the women’s 15K.


UMASS 5, MAINE 1: Hernen Sardinas doubled home Christopher Bec to give Maine (6-7) a 1-0 lead in the second inning, but UMass (1-4) got four runs in the fifth to earn a win in Delray Beach, Florida.

ILLINOIS-WESLEYAN 8, ST. JOSEPH’S 6: St. Joseph’s (6-0) erased a 5-0 deficit but gave up the tying and go-ahead runs in the seventh inning in a loss to Illinois-Wesleyan (5-1) in Auburndale, Florida.

Brett Barbati’s two-run double in the fourth and Dennis Meehan’s two-run homer in the sixth helped St. Joseph’s rally to take a 6-5 lead. Jameson Collins and Jake White also hit RBI doubles for the Monks, and Taylor Black had three hits.


MAINE LOSES TWICE: Alyssa Derrick blasted her third and fourth home runs of the season and drove in five runs, but Maine (2-8) lost 15-5 in five innings against 25th-ranked Wisconsin (17-2) and 5-4 against Colorado State (12-6), at Fort Collins, Colorado.

UNE LOSES TWICE: Caroline Schoenbucher doubled home the only run for the Nor’easters in a 9-1 season-opening loss to Amherst in Leesburg, Florida.

UNE also lost its second game of the day, 4-2 against Western Connecticut State.

BATES SPLITS: India Woolmington drove home three runs and Julia Treadwell hit a two-run homer for Bates (3-3) in a 6-2 win over Elizabethtown (3-9) in Leesburg, Florida.

Later in the day, the Bobcats lost to Manhattanville in five innings, 9-0.