PROVIDENCE, RI – The Johnson & Wales University wrestling team was on center stage for the second year in a row at the historic Providence Performing Arts Center. The third-ranked Wildcats took on Wheeling Jesuit, ranked #7 in NCAA Division II, on Saturday with the Cardinals coming out on top, 23-13.
Wheeling Jesuit improved to 7-2 while Johnson & Wales dropped to 6-3.
The Cardinals captured the first bout of the night when Jared Donahue won a 4-2 decision over Joe Ferinde at 141 pounds. The Wildcats got on the board at 149 pounds when second-ranked Da'mani Burns pinned Tyler Alberts in just 1:33.
Riding time kept WJU's Dylan Taylor alive at 157 pounds, but Thomas Grippi hit a takedown then got four near fall points for the 12-6 victory. Seventh-ranked Keegan Driscoll defeated Adrian Gonzalez, 3-2, and Connor Craig tied the match at 9-9 when he beat Michael Gargano, 9-4, at 174 pounds.
Wheeling Jesuit grabbed its first lead, 12-9, when Aidan Paieuk topped Khamri Thomas, 2-0, at 184 pounds. Johnson & Wales got the lead back when fifth-ranked Michael DiNardo recorded the 13-1 major decision over Chase Logan.
Defending national champion Terrance Fanning defeated JWU's Jayson Gomez, 16-0, for the technical fall at 285 pounds. A third-period takedown and four-point near fall gave #7 Cole Laya a 9-6 win over #2 Jay Albis to secure the team victory. No. 4 Tyler Warner was a 7-2 winner over Bobby Jordan.
The Wildcats are back in action on January 4 when they travel to the NWCA National Duals in Louisville, Ky.
#7 Wheeling Jesuit 2X, #3 Johnson & Wales 13, JWU-WJU
141 Jared Donahue (WJU) def. #7 Joe Ferinde (JWU) decision 4-2 0-3
149 #2 Da'mani Burns (JWU) def. Tyler Alberts (WJU) fall at 1:33 6-3
157 Thomas Grippi (JWU) def. Dylan Taylor (WJU) decision 12-6 (OT) 9-3
165 #7 Keegan Driscoll (WJU) def. Adrian Gonzalez (JWU) decision 3-2 9-6
174 Connor Craig (WJU) def. Michael Gargano (JWU) decision 9-4 9-9
184 Aidan Pasiuek (WJU) def. #3 Khamri Thomas (JWU) decision 2-0 9-12
197 #5 Michael DiNardo (JWU) def. Chase Logan (WJU) major decision 13-1 13-12
285 #2 Terrance Fanning (WJU) def. Jayson Gomez (JWU) technical fall 16-0 13-17
125 #7 Cole Laya (WJU) def. #2 Jay Albis (JWU) decision 9-6 13-20
133 #4 Tyler Warner (WJU) def. Bobby Jordan (JWU) 13-23