BRISTOL, RI – A number of Johnson & Wales University wrestlers who have gone on to garner All-Region and All-American honors have earned their stripes at the Futures Tournament. Based on Sunday's results there could be several more All-Americans in the pipeline.
Johnson & Wales had three wrestlers win their weight class to go along with five runners-up.
Sophomore Stephen Nadera had a tech fall and pin before beating WPI's Mike Aquino for the title at 125 pounds. NEWA Wrestler of the Week Tim Higginson notched three pins, including one over Chase Lind in 51 seconds to win at 165 pounds. Rounding out the JWU champions was Kyle McQuaide at 197 pounds as he won 3-2 over Castleton's Joe Galusha
Rookie Christopher Caban notched three pins at 133 pounds before he was stopped in the finals by Tristan Stetson of Wesleyan. Fellow freshman Jordan Robinson had a pin and major decision at 149 pounds, but he was tripped up 2-1 in the finals by WPI's Wayne Nolette.
At 157 pounds, Cam Altobelli opened with a pair of pins on his way to the finals where he was beaten by Ronan Ball of WPI. Freshman Seon Bowker had his run stopped in the finals of 174 pounds by Roger Williams' Anthony Malfitano. Two pins and a major decision put Michael Larm in the finals of 285 pounds, but he was beaten 3-0 by Castleton's Nicholas Scott.
Two Wildcats battled back through the consolation bracket to take third. Sam Tenaglia defeated Southern Maine's Juan Vernaza to place third at 165 pounds. Tanner Kelly posted two tech falls to get to the semifinals of 184 pounds. He beat Western New England's Daniel Price 9-4 in the third-place match.
Up next for the fourth-ranked Wildcats is the NCAA Northeast Regional, February 24-25, at WPI.