Vt Wrestling; Castleton University Gets First Class

Vt Wrestling Is Alive And Well At Castleton!

Vt wrestling just took a turn for the better with the announcement of the latest varsity sport at Castleton University and the appointment of legendary coach Scott Legacy to the helm. With the direction Castleton has been going and their commitment to this program it’s sure to be a winner.

Some former Vt wrestling standouts are mixed in with the 40 or so total commits to the first year of this program. That’s a pretty awesome first swing of the axe.

This is just a compilation with a brief description of this historic class. (historic in the sense that if you believe, as I do, how successful this program is destined to be – this is first of many) To me, it’s like buying a winning lottery ticket. Vt wrestling just got a booster shot!

See if you recognize any of the faces! Some of these athletes have been at the forefront of Vt wrestling for many years.

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Zach Veleas

Zach Veleas

Berlin, CT

High school coach: Jim Day

Major: Secondary Education-History

Senior year record: 40-13

4th place in Class M state tournament in 11th grade

3rd place in Class M state tournament in 12th grade.


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Zach Allen

Zach Allen
Hometown: Center Rutland, Vt
High School: Mill River Union
High School Coach: David Allen and Charlie Prichard
Intended major: Athletic Training

Career Record: 186-19
Senior year record: 54-4

Career Highlights:
3x Vermont State Champion , 2x OW ,4x MVL Champion , 6th at New Englands


Tyreek Staton
Montclair, New Jersey
Montclair High School

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Tyreek Staton

Major: Criminal Justice
Coach: Michael Freedman
Career Record: 90-23
Senior Year: 26-5

4X District place winner (3rd,2nd,1st,1st)
4X Region Qualifier
2X Region Place winner (4th,3rd)
2016 State qualifier (round of 12)
2015 & 16 first team all conference
2nd place out of 60 wrestlers Georgia Super 32 Qualifier



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Tyler Raetz


Name:Tyler Raetz
Hometown: Bennington,VT
High School:Mount Anthony
High School Coach: Scott Legacy
Intended major: History
Team Captain
Dave Schultz Award Winner
Wrestling USA All-American Honorable Mention
2016 Vermont Coaches Association-Vermont Wrestler of the year.
Career Record:207-48
Senior year record:63-5
Career Highlights:4x State Finalist, 2x State Champ, 5th at New England

Shawn Hundley

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Shawn Hundley

Ledyard High School (Connecticut)
Coach:Steve Bilheimer
Major: Business Administration

Career Record – 28-7
Senior Record – 28-7
Highlights –
Eastern Connecticut Conference Championship 3rd Place
All Eastern Connecticut Conference Large Division Heavyweight
Connecticut Class M State Runner Up
Connecticut State Championship 6th Place
Football –
All Eastern Connecticut Conference Honorable Mention Linemen

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Ryan Cabezas

Ryan Cabeza
Londonderry, NH
Londonderry High School
Coach: Jason Coculo
Major: Criminal Justice
Career Record: 159-19
Senior Year: 46-6
4x State placer, 2x state finalist, 2x New England Qualifier, 4x varsity wrestler
Ryan was named team MVP, had the most takedowns (78) and most wins with 46.



Robert Bognar
Sewaren, New Jersey

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Robert BognarWoodbridge High School

WoodBridge High School
Coach: Michael Carbone
Major: History Education
Career Record: 73-18

Senior Year: 23-7
Sectional semifinalist, Hopatcong Tournament 3rd
Kinnelon Tournament 2nd
2X District 3rd place
Region 8th & 5th,
County 4th&6th
Roselle Park tournament champion,
Team District champions, Division champions
Football:State semi-finalist


Reece Millington
Haverhill, Massachusetts
Haverhill High School
Coach: Brian Earkhart (3 years) Tim Lawlor (Senior Year)

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Reece Millington

Major: Criminal Justice
Career Record: 144-29
Senior Year: 49-8

Sectional Champ- 2015 D1 North
3rd Mass. Div 1- 2015
Sectional Finalist -2016 D1 North
State Finalist 2016 , Div 1
Top 8 New England
Academic Honor Roll

Raffaele Masi

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Raffaele Masi

Greenville NY
Greenville High School
Coaches: Gene Rodriguez and Kevin Mahan
Major; Athletic Training
Career Record: 97-52
Senior Year: 38-7
Team Captain 2 years
Class C Champion 2016
Section 2 Finalist 2016
New York State Greco Roman runner up 2016
3rd place New York State Freestyle 2016



Peter Leite

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Peter Leit

East Providence, RI
East Providence High School Coach: Tom Galligan
Major:Criminal Justice
Career Record: 108-31
Senior year record: 35-5

4th place at RI State Championships in 2015
3rd place at RI State Championships in 2016
2016 3rd Team All State
4 year varsity starter
3 year Captain

Nolan Viens
White River Junction, Vermont
Hartford High School

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Nolan Viens

Coach: Claude Weyant
Major: Exercise Science
Career Record: 198-22
Senior year record: 53-2

4x State Finalist, 2x State Champ, 2x 5th at New Englands,
2x NHSCA All-American (6th at NHSCA U.S. Open (Freshman year),
8th at NHSCA Junior Nationals)
Transfer from Sacred Heart University,
3 year High school Captain

Other sports or academic highlights or awards: Captain of 2013-14 Hartford Hurricanes football team

Nick Scott
Cohoes NY

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Nick Scott

Cohoes High School
Coach: Rick Poplaski
Major: Athletic Training
Career Record 141-30
Senior record 47-4
3x Galway Champion
2X Middlebury Champion
2014 Corinth Champion
2013 CNY Tourney champion
2014 Class CC champion
2014 New York State Finalist



Name: Nicholas Camacho
Hometown: Woburn MA

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Nicholas Camacho



High School: Woburn Memorial High School
High School Coach: Mike Parziale, Joe Lisacki
Major: Undeclared
Career Record: 154-43
Senior year record: 53-5
Career Highlights: MA D2 State Champion




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Mitchell R. LaFlam

Mitchell R. LaFlam
Lebanon CT

High School: Lyman Memorial
Coach: Brandon Strout

Intended major: Business
Career Record: 126-45
Senior year record: 41-6

Three time Class M place finisher one time champ
3rd in the Open
5th in New England
3rd Eastern Nationals


Name: Mason Osborn

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Mason Osborn

Earlon, New York
Coxsackie-Athens High School
Coach:J.P Hulslander
Major: Physical Education
Career Record: 76 – 20
Senior year record:
23 – 4
Career Highlights:
Two year team captain, Two time Class C finals, Class C champ, Two time patroon league First team all star, Section two D2 4th place, Section two D2 3rd place, State tournament Alternate
Other sports or academic highlights or awards:
Track and Field, Football, Three time New York scholar athlete, Section two 2nd team all star O Line football, Most improved student, High honor roll, Honor roll

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Kyle Henderson

Kyle Henderson
Barre, Vermont
Spaulding High School
Coach: Darren O’Meara
Major: Psychology
Senior: 27-26
6th at States at 152



Kyle Goodell

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Kyle Goodell

Waterford VT
St.Johnsbury Academy
Coach: Mike Verge

Senior year record: 29-17
3X Vermont State Place Winner
2013 5th
2015 4th
2016 3rd

Name: Keith Fernandes

Simsbury, CT

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Keith Fernandes

High School: Simsbury High School

High School Coach: TJ Silva

Major: Psychology
Career Record: 128-25
Senior year record: 27-2
CT 2015 Double L State Champion,
Ct 2015 State Open Champion, 2015 New England 3rd place finisher



Jordan Fielon
Hometown: Fair Haven, VT

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Jordan Felion

Fair Haven Union High School
Coach: Scott Shaddock
Major: Psychology

Senior year record : 49-7
Finished 3rd at Grapple in the Garden
1st at Otter valley invitational, 2nd at Middlebury
1st Mount Greylock
1st at Essex Classic
Vermont State Champion
Transfer from Ferrum college (VA)
Started at 165

Jordan is currently a student at Castleton University. He is very excited to be able to resume his wrestling career at Castleton.

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Jordan Faulkner

Jordan Faulkner
Haverhill High School
Tim Lawler
Exercise Science/ Kinesiology
career record 75-10
Senior Record 60-3
D1N Finalist
Maine Freestyle/GR State Champ
Smittys Barn A-Team Member
Maine National Team Member

Joey Longobardi

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Joey LongobardiRiver Edge, New Jersey

River Dell High School
Coach: Mike Tota
Major: Communications

Career Record: 104-38
Senior Record: 39-3
Region 2nd 2016
3rd 2015
NJ State Championships
2nd 2016 (State Finalist)
8th 2015

Joey Accerra

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Joey Accerra

Locust Valley, N.Y.
Locust Valley High.
Coach Joe Anea. Major: Social Work.
Career Record: 75-30.
Senior Year: 20-5.

Joey is also a current Castleton Spartan who is
excited about the start up of The wrestling team.





Name: Jeb Hodsden

Hometown: Addison, Vermont

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Jeb Hodsden

High School: Vergennes UHS
High School Coach: Nate Kittredge

Intended Major: English
Career Record: 101-61
Senior Year Record: 40-18
Career Highlights: 3-Time All State Wrestler, State Finalist, Member of 100 Wins Club, Captain of Vergennes Wrestling Team
Other Highlights: All Division Lacrosse, Football Scholar Athlete Nominee, Attended New England Young Writer’s Conference in 2016 and qualified in 2015, Member of the National Honor Society

Jared Costa

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Jared Costa

Danvers, Massachusetts
St. John’s Prep High School
Coach: Manny Costa
Major: Sports Administration
Career Record: 183-27
Senior Year: 58-3
2X Sectional Champ
2X State Place Winner
2014 Mass. Div. 1 Champ
3 X Academic All-American HS
2 year captain

Transfer- 2 year starter at Anderson University

James Zupko

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James Zupko

Bennington, Vermont
Mount Anthony Union
Coach: Scott Legacy
Major:Physical Education
Career Record: 147-51
Senior year record: 45-9

3x Vermont state place finisher, 2 X Finalist, 2x High School All- American, JUCO National Qualifier while at Springfield Technical Community College


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Jakob Trautwein.

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Jakob Trautwein.

Middlebury, VT
Middlebury Union High School
Coach: Ethan Raymond
Physical Education Major
Career Record: 105 – 36 Senior Season: 44 -4
33 pins.
State Finalist
State Champion Football player 2x all state in football

Jakob is currently a student at Castleton and member of the successful Spartan Football team.

Name: Ethan Fuller

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Ethan Fuller

Hometown: Huntington VT
High School: CVUHS

High School Coach: Gunner Olsen
Major: Physical Education

Senior year:46-15

Career highlights:
1st at Londonderry holiday tournament,
Varsity State finalist



Damian Duffy
Hebron, NY
Granville Jr/Sr High School

Coach: Steve Palmer and O.C.West

Criminal Justice Major

Senior Year Record: 24-14

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Damian Duffy

2014 Coaches Award, Scholar Athlete
Finalist at 2014 Warsen League Tournament
NYWAY Capital Region Runner- Up
3rd place Class C 2014,
6th place section 2,
2X runner up @ Middlebury Tournament
3.2 GPA at Castleton
3.8 GPA at JWU,
3rd place at Gene Mills Tournament, PA
3rd place at Granville Lions Tournament

Damian is currently a student at Castleton who won over 100 matches in High School. He spent one semester @ JWU in Rhode Island, before transferring to Castleton. He is very excited about being able to wrestle again in college.


Dakota King

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Dakota King

Bennington Vermont
High School:Mount Anthony
Coach: Scott Legacy
Major: Athletic Training
Career Record:107-29
Senior year record:58-8

State Champ 2016
6th at New England’s 2016



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Corey Alberico

Corey Alberico
Windham, New Hampshire
Windham High School
Major: Sociology/criminology
Minor: Coaching
Coach: Tom Darrin

2x States place winner (3rd)
2x Meet of Champions qualifier

Corey is currently a student at Castleton University. He is excited that Castleton has added wrestling.

Bradley Perry

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Bradley Perry

Hampton, NY
Granville High School
Coach:Steve Palmer
Major: Nursing
Career Record: 117-26
Senior Year: 41-5
3x Wasaren League All-Star
2013 3rd place Section 2
2014 Class C Section 2 champion
2014 Section 2 division 2 finalist
2014 All State
New York Army National Guard Combat Medic

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Austin Viens


Austin Viens
White River Junction, Vermont
Hartford High School
Coach: Claude Weyant
Major: Special Education
Career Record: 137-45
Senior year record: 39-7

1x State Finalist, 4X State Placer, 1 year High school team Captain

Anthony Basile

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Anthony Basile

Agawam, Massachusetts
Agawam High School
Coach: Armando Ramos
Major: Criminal Justice
Career Record: 104-18
Senior Year: 48-4

2X Sectional Champion, Mass. D 1 State Champion, All State Finalist, 2X New England Qualifier




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Andrew Coffin

Andrew Coffin
Ilion, New York
Central Valley Academy High School
Coach: Robert Bush
Major: Political Science
Career Record: 76-65
Senior year record: 15-9
2x Leo J. Sammon finalist
Red Devil Invitational Finalist
Section III Class C Finalist
Section III Scholar Athlete

Andrew is a student already at Castleton. Andrew was very instrumental and helpful with the coaching staff and incoming recruits.

Anthony Fruci

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Anthony Fruci

King Philip Regional High
Wrentham Massachusetts
Coach:John Adams
109 -52 Career High School
Senior record: 36-12
Environmental science, meteorology.
Freshman rookie of the year award
Sophomore Sun chronicle Honorable Mention
Junior year awarded captain, Sun Chronicle All Star, Hockomock All Star, MVP Award and Warrior of the Week Award.
Senior Year Awarded Captain, MVP Award, Sun Chronicle All Star, Hockomock All Star, 100th Club Award



Name: Joseph Galusha

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Joseph Galusha

Hometown: Rotterdam New York
High School: Mohonasen High School
High School Coach: Sean P. Daley

Intended major: Physical Education
Career Record: 118-41
Senior year record: 33-
3rd Section 2- Div. 1



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Max Tempel

Max Tempel
Averill Park NY
Averill Park High school
Coach Mike Malenfant

Education History concentration

Career record:148-33
Senior year: 41-4
4X Class B Champion
2X NYS Qualifier
2015 Section 2 Champ
3X Section 2 Finalist
5th in New York State
2015 Section 2 MOW
3X Varsity Wrestling Captain
2015 NYS Boys State Representative
2016 Capital Region Physical Education Leadership Award

Zak Hale

Shaftsbury, VT

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Zak Hale

Mount Anthony High School
Coach: Scott Legacy
Major: Accounting
Career Record: College 80-20
High School: 211 -30
Senior Year: 47-3
Career Highlights
High School:
3X Vt. State Champion
(2) 3rd place New England placement
NHSCA All-American 8th place
Wrestling USA Magazine All-American Honorable Mention
Team Captain 2 years

Dave Schulz Excellence Award
3X NCAA D2 national qualifier
2X Division 2 Academic All-American
Zak is coming to Castleton for his final year of College.

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Cameron Milliken

Cameron Milliken
Albany, NY
Albany Academy
Kevin Grupe/Jefferson LaMountain/Scott Milliken
Major: Business
Career Record: 141-31
Senior Year: 42-4
2012 Section 2 Division 2 Runner up
2014 Section 2 Division 2 Champion
2014 4th New York State

Transfer: Via SUNY Oneonta and HVC

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Stephen Stephen








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One thought on “Vt Wrestling; Castleton University Gets First Class

  • May 28, 2016 at 1:29 am

    Best thing for Vermont wrestling ? Scott legacy will be going after wartburg ! I can’t wait ! My sons would thrive under his coaching. Grant poston is avaiable and is going to ccv now. State champion and third in the new englands his senior year. He would love a scholarship and is wrestling and working out in Burlington . Grants phone number-802-503-2270


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