YORK, Pa. – Great wrestling through the quarterfinals put the Johnson & Wales University wrestling team in a position to win the New Standard Invitational. The fifth-ranked Wildcats brought home a pair of titles and three more top-three finishes to take the team title.
JWU produced 158 points to best TCNJ by 31 points. Stevens was third at 123 points.
Getting the victory at 197 pounds was sophomore Tommy Wrzesien. He beat Ursinus' Jason Carter, 7-1, in the semifinals, then topped 10th-ranked Michael Dooley, 6-5, in the title bout.
Senior Michael DiNardo only had to win one match to claim the title at 285 pounds. He stopped Brockport's Richard Knapp, 5-3, in the semifinals then won via medical forfeit over teammate Liridon Leka in the finals.
Junior Justin Lopez lost a close 3-1 decision to fourth-ranked Matt Caccamise of Brockport at 125 pounds, but rebounded to win a pair of matches before dropping the third-place bout. A forfeit put sophomore Freddy Eckles in the semifinals of 133 pounds, but he lost his next two before winning the fifth-place match, 13-11 over TCNJ's Jacob Falleni.
JWU had two wrestlers in the semifinals of 141 pounds, but neither could advance to the championships match. Jordan Robinson lost 3-1 to #3 Troy Standish, but came back to beat Robert Dinger from TCNJ, 7-4, to take third.
Third-ranked Da'mani Burns was upset in the 149-pound semifinal, 15-11, by Tyler Gazaway, but he rolled past Cortland's Lucas Pinus to take third. Darius Joyce lost his first match at 157 pounds, but he rebounded by winning his next five bouts to take fourth.
Tim Higginson got into the semifinals of 165 pounds with a 16-0 tech fall, but was stopped by Dominick Reves. A medical forfeit gave him the victory in the fifth-place match. Teammates Seon Bowker and Cam Altobelli squared off in the consolation bracket of 174 pounds with Altobelli prevailing, 3-1, before he took fifth by pinning Ursinus' Gary Nagle.
Also making a run through the back draw was Nick Caracappa at 184 pounds. Six triumphs in the consolation bracket put him in the third-place match where his run was halted by RWU's Anthony Malfitano.
JWU is back on the mat Wednesday when it travels to 14th-ranked Coast Guard for a 7 p.m. contest.