PROVIDENCE, RI. – Led by Jay Albis' championship, the Johnson & Wales University wrestling team had six wrestlers place at the Wildcat Open, sponsored by USC.
Albis faced little resistance on his way to the 125-pound championship with a pair of tech falls before pinning Colton Cummings in just 53 seconds during the championship bout. Earlier in the day, Albis became just the 12th wrestler in program history to eclipse the 100-win barrier.
The 125-pound weight class was very successful for JWU as sophomore Stephen Nadera fought back through the consolations to take third. He was beaten in the semifinals, but rallied to post a pin then tech fall against Frank Drawick in the third-place match.
Senior Watna Cunha dropped his first bout at 141 pounds, but came all the way back through the consolations to take third. He recorded two major decisions and a pair of pins, including one in the third-place match against Ricky Riemers of Roger Williams.
Two tech falls got junior Adrian Gonzalez in the semifinals of 174 pounds where his run in the championship bracket stopped. Two major decisions in the consolations earned him a third-place finish.
At 165 pounds, Sam Tenaglia suffered a first-round loss, but fought back to take fifth thanks to a tech fall and pin. Cam Altobelli advanced to the semifinals of 157 pounds with a major decision and pin before taking sixth.
Johnson & Wales goes on the road next Saturday to take on Castleton, Plymouth State and Springfield at Castleton.