BRISTOL, RI – With the entire squad in one location, the Johnson & Wales University wrestling team showed why it's the number three team in the country. The Wildcats easily took home the team title at the Roger Williams Invitational on Saturday.
Backed by five individual champions, the Wildcats won the event with 153.5 points, outpacing the host Hawks by 22.5 points.
Sophomore Jordan Robinson got the first title of the day at 133 pounds. He didn't surrender a point until the finals where he beat Dylan Jones of Wesleyan, 4-2. Teammate Matt Armamento brought home the third-place finish at 133 pounds by besting Hunter's Andrew Cota
At 141 pounds, Gabriel McDaniel opened with two pins and held on to a 5-0 lead for the 5-4 decision in the championship match against NYU's Will Crisco. Also at 141, senior Joe Ferinde placed third and picked up the 100th win of his collegiate career.
Freshman Da'mani Burn was a pinning machine as three pins put him in the finals of 149 pounds. He bested Messiah's Stephen Maloney, 7-3.
Third-ranked Khamri Thomas was hardly pushed on his way to the 184-pound championship. He had a tech fall and major decision before stopping NYU's Jackson Kligerman, 7-4.
Back-to-back pins started the day for No. 4 Michal DiNardo at 197 pounds. He won the title thanks to an 8-4 decision over Brandon Cousiono. Reigning NEWA Rookie of the Week Tommy Wrzesien finished third.
There was a rare upset at 125 pounds were top-ranked Jay Albis loss a 6-4 decision in the finals to fourth-ranked Peter Del Gallo.
Johnson & Wales hosts its first home competition Tuesday when it welcomes crosstown rival Rhode Island College at 7 p.m.