GARDEN CITY, NY –The top-ranked Johnson & Wales University wrestling team went into the holiday break on a high note. The Wildcats blew away the competition at the Nassau Open, winning the event with a score of 300.5 points.
Johnson & Wales won five of the 10 weight classes and had three more wrestlers finish second. JWU beat second-place Waynesburg University by 175 points.
Seventh-ranked Michael DiNardo (Mahopac, NY) wasted no time in winning the title at 197 pounds as he pinned Brandon Joest of the US Merchant Marine Academy in just 1:40. Second-ranked Jay Albis (Fishkill, NY) posted an 18-3 tech fall against USMMA's Tyler Craig at 133 pounds.
No. 6 Khamri Thomas (Windsor Locks, Conn.) recorded a 10-2 major decision at 184 pounds against Mike Millero from Waynesburg. It was an all-JWU final at 141 pounds where Joao Vicente (East Providence, RI) squeaked out a 2-1 decision over No. 3 Joe Ferinde (Nutley, NJ). Rounding out the Wildcat winners was senior Tim Higginson (Flemington, NJ) with his 6-4 win over Dale Tiongson of Princeton at 165 pounds.
At 174 pounds, seventh-ranked Michael Gargano (Old Bridge, NY) lost 8-1 to Caleb Baxter from Waynesburg. Sophomore Stephen Nadera (Old Bridge, NJ) made it to the finals of 125 pounds where he was stopped, 6-4, by Tristan Buxston of Waynesburg.
JWU had two of the top three finishers at 125 pounds as Nate Frantz (Swarthmore, Pa.) beat Nassau's Jorge Barreiro, 10-8, in the third-place match. Sophomore Brady Robin (La Grange, N.Y.) topped Camden's Domenic DeMarco, 4-2, in the 157-pound third-place bout. Seventh-ranked Jonah Aurelio (Riverside, RI) fought back to take third at 285 pounds when he pinned Camden's Mark Gillis at the 2:14 mark.
Up next for the Wildcats is the NWCA National Duals, January 4-5, in Fort Wayne