HARTFORD, Conn. – If Sunday's performance was any indication, the Johnson & Wales University wrestling team should continue to be the top team in the region for years to come. The Wildcats took half of the championships with two more second-place finishes at the Futures Tournament, hosted by Trinity College.
Getting the first title of the day was Darius Joyce at 149 pounds. He recorded a 9-5 win over Luke Bokina from Roger Williams in the championship bout. Early in the day, he pinned fellow Hawk Ricky Rimers.
At 157 pounds, Sam Tenaglia had to beat the top seed, Ronan Ball from WPI, in his opening match then notched a pair of pins to get into the finals. There he posted a 15-4 major decision against Eddie Hay, also of WPI.
The most dramatic win came at 165 pounds by Steven Ocampo. He recorded a 12-10 win in sudden victory against Nick Anselmi of Williams. Ocampo beat the second seed, Williams' Steve Willis, in the quarterfinals then recorded an 18-0 tech fall against Enrico DeBarnardo in the semifinals.
Bailey O'Brien defeated a pair of Roger Williams wrestlers to win the 174-pound title. He downed the top seed, Travis Arata, 12-6 in the championship bout after dominating Eli Williams, 15-0, in the quarterfinals.
Posting the most impressive performance in the finals was at 184 pounds by Nick Munsch. He beat Williams' Ian Darling with a 16-1 tech fall after pinning Springfield's Ryan Errico in the semifinals.
Christopher Caban pinned the top seed, Jacques St. Jean from Springfield, to get into the finals of 133 pounds, but he was beaten by RWU's Tristan Haviland in the finals. Also getting to the finals was Jayson Gomez at 285 pounds thanks to three pins but he had to medically forfeit the finals.
The Wildcats will serve as the host of the 2019 NCAA Northeast Regional, February 23-24, at the Wildcat Center.