#4 Wildcats Cruise to New Standard Invitational Title

#4 Wildcats Cruise to New Standard Invitational Title

YORK, Pa. – A dominant performance led the Johnson & Wales University wrestling team to the team title at the New Standard Invitational, hosted by York College. The fourth-ranked Wildcats had three wrestlers win their weight class with 12 top-five finishes.

Johnson & Wales recorded 154.50 points to best #3 Ithaca by 48 points.

Third-ranked Jay Albis was all business on his way to the 125-pound title. He had two tech falls and a pin before beating No. 4 Fred Mase of Ithaca, 10-4, for the title.

Senior Da'Mani Burns rolled to the title at 149 pounds. He posted four pins, including a pin against second-ranked and 2018 NCAA finalist Brett Kallner in 2:50 during the semifinals. Burns topped fifth-ranked Stanley Bleich, 7-5, during overtime for the championship.

Third-ranked Khamri Thomas started Saturday with a pair of pins at 184 pounds. He beat York's Frankie Krauss, 4-2,  to win the title. Michael DiNardo made it to the finals of 197 pounds but he was beat, 2-0, by Zeckary Lehman of Baldwin Wallace.

Joe Ferinde won twice at 141 pounds before dropping a 6-4 decision to defending national champion Ben Brisman of Ithaca in the semifinals. He rebounded to beat Brandon Woody, 7-4, in the third-place match.

A pin by Michael Gargano got him into the semifinals of 174 pounds. He lost 4-0 to fifth-ranked Dan Kilroy, but rebounded with a pair of pins, including one over Roger Williams' Brett Leonard in 3:47 to take third.

At 285 pounds, Johnson & Wales had three of the top five finishers. Liridon Leka beat teammate Tommy Wrzesien then stopped fellow Wildcat Jayson Gomez, 3-2, to take third. Wrzesian won the fifth-place match.

Rookie Darius Joyce worked his way through the consolation bracket of 149 pounds to take fifth after a 12-7 win versus Ryan Snow from Brockport. Also taking fifth was senior Adrian Gonzalez with a 10-5 decision at 165 pounds over Chad Simmons. Nick Munsch squeaked out a 1-0 win at 174 pounds to also place fifth.

Johnson & Wales is back in action Friday when it hosts Coast Guard Academy at 7 p.m.