HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. – Four members of the Johnson & Wales University wrestling team tested their mettle against some of the top Division I wrestlers in the country. The Wildcats were in action Saturday at the 56th Midlands Championships, hosted by Northwestern University.
Three of the four Wildcats won their first bout, but no one advanced to the second day of competition.
Defending Division III champion Jay Albis started the day by beating Brown's Trey Keeley, 4-1, at 125 pounds. Up next was 15th-ranked and fourth-seeded Pat Glory from Princeton and he beat Albis, 14-3. His run was ended in the consolation bracket with a 5-4 loss to the seventh seed Michael McGree from Old Dominion.
At 133 pounds, senior Bobby Jordan edged David Campbell from Bucknell, 3-2, in the opening round. He dropped an 11-5 contest to Illinois' Dylan Duncan, seeded third and ranked No. 17 in the country. Fresno State's Gary Joint was too much for Jordan in the consolation bracket, 8-1.
At 197 pounds, Michael DiNardo earned a 6-2 victory against Wisconsin's Beau Breske. He lost in the next round, 15-0, to Alex Hopkins from Army West Point.
Despite a pair of good performances, senior Joe Ferinde could not come up with a victory at 141 pounds. He lost an action-packed 15-13 decision to Nicolas Lirette from North Carolina. His run was ended by Michigan's Ben Freeman, 3-0, in the consolation bracket.
JWU is back in action on January 4 when it travels to the NWCA National Duals in Louisville, Ky.