PROVIDENCE, RI – The 2017-18 season kicked off this weekend for the Johnson & Wales University wrestling team. Joe Ferinde, Michael Gargano and Michael DiNardo all won their weight classes at the Ithaca Invitational.
Johnson & Wales finished second in the team standings. JWU posted 138 points, finishing four points behind Stevens.
After posting a major decision and a pin on his way to the finals, Ferinde (Nutley, NJ) had his closest match in the championship bout. He needed extra time to beat Brett Kaliner of Stevens, 8-6, in sudden victory.
It was an all-JWU final at 197 pounds. DiNardo (Mahopac, NY) received a forfeit from teammate Kyle McQuaide (Clemsford, Mass.) in the finals. McQuaide got a forfeit from fellow Wildcat Khamri Thomas (Windsor Locks, Conn.) in the semifinals. Thomas rallied to record a 17-4 major decision over Otterbein's Drew Kasper in the third-place match.
Picking up the third title was the junior Gargano (Old Bridge, NJ) at 174 points. He recorded a 3-2 decision over Malik Settles of New England College.
The Wildcats almost had four champions, but junior Jay Albis (Fishkill, NY) was stopped in the finals of 133 pounds. He posted a tech fall and pin during his run to the finals, but lost 12-1 to Troy Stanich of Stevens in a battle between the top two ranked wrestlers in the country.
Two more JWU wrestlers got to the semifinals of their weight class. At 157 pounds, sophomore Brady Robin (LaGrange, NY) had a pin and tech fall before his run was stopped. He rebounded to beat Greg Lee of Ithaca, 3-2, in the third-place match. Junior Adrian Gonzalez (Providence, RI) recorded a pin and major decision to get to the semifinals of 165 pounds.
Johnson & Wales is back in action on November 11 when it travels to the Roger Williams Invitational.