PROVIDENCE, RI – An early lead propelled the Johnson & Wales University wrestling team to victory on Friday. The third-ranked Wildcats defeated #25 Coast Guard, 22-15.
Johnson & Wales improved to 3-2 on the year while the Bears dropped to 0-1.
The Wildcats had a 16-0 lead after the first three matches. Second-ranked Jay Albis pinned Parker Brunkala in 5:51 at 125 pounds then Bobby Jordan received a forfeit at 133 pounds. Senior Joe Ferinde, ranked seventh at 141 pounds, posted a 19-7 major decision over JD Fitzpatrick.
Coast Guard answered by winning the next four bouts to close the gap to 16-12. The biggest upset of the night was by the Bears' Matt McGowan as he beat #2 Da'mani Burns, 11-6, at 149 pounds.
Third-ranked senior Khamri Thomas stopped the bleeding at 184 pounds. He got a takedown during sudden victory to beat #10 Peter Detwiler, 3-1. Wrapping up the team triumph was No. 5 Michael DiNardo as he stopped Jon Wagner, 5-4.
Johnson & Wales doesn't waste any time, getting back into competition on Saturday as it travels to the WPI quad to face the #20 Engineers, SUNY Oneonta and #5 Wabash
#3 Johnson & Wales 22, Coast Guard Academy 15 JWU-CGA
125 #2 Jay Albis (JWU) def. Parker Brunkala (CGA) Pin 5:51 6-0
133 Bobby Jordan (JWU) wins by forfeit 12-0
141 #7 Joe Ferinde (JWU) JD Fitzpatrick (CGA) Major Decision 19-7 16-0
149 Matt McGowan (GCA) def. #2 Da'mani Burns (JWU) Decision 11-6 16-3
157 Christian Gosch def. Thomas Grippi (JWU) Decision 8-3 16-6
165 #8 Nick Remke (CGA) def. Bailey O'Brien (JWU) Decision 5-2 16-9
174 #7 AJ Aeberli (CGA) def. Michael Gargano (JWU) Decision 5-0 16-12
184 #3 Khamri Thomas (JWU) #10 Peter Detwiler (CGA) Dec 3-1 (SV) 19-12
197 #5 Michael DiNardo (JWU) def. Jon Wagner (CGA) Decision 5-4 22-12
285 Patrik Irwin (CGA) def. Liridon Leka (JWU) Decision 7-5 (SV) 22-15