Wrestling Ready for Downtown Showdown Saturday

Wrestling Ready for Downtown Showdown Saturday

PROVIDENCE, RI – The third-ranked Johnson & Wales University wrestling team will host Wheeling Jesuit University – ranked No. 5 in NCAA Division II – in the historic Providence Performing Arts Center at 6 p.m.

In lieu of admission, the team is accepting donations in the PPAC lobby. Anyone who makes a donation and all JWU students in attendance can get entered into a raffle for a free Apple watch.

Each team brings in a number of wrestlers ranked in the top 10 of their weight class, but there will be a few matches that highlight the evening.

At 125 pounds, defending national champion Jay Albis from Johnson & Wales will take on Cole Laya who is ranked seventh. Wheeling Jesuit also has a defending national champion in Terrance Fanning at 285 pounds.

Two All-Americans will square off at 133 pounds when JWU's Bobby Jordan takes on Tyler Warner, who is ranked fourth for the Cardinals. At 165 pounds, a pair of NCAA qualifier will face off in the Wildcats' Adrian Gonzalez and WJU's seventh-ranked Keegan Driscoll.

Johnson & Wales has four more wrestlers ranked in top 10: Joe Ferinde (141 pounds – 7th), Da'mani Burns (149 pounds – 2nd), Khamri Thomas (3rd – 184 pounds) and Michael DiNardo (197 pounds – 5th).

Prior to the start of the match, Johnson & Wales will honor the eight seniors on this year's team.