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Wildcats Split Four Dual Meets in the Garden State

Wildcats Split Four Dual Meets in the Garden State

NEW JERSEY CITY, NJ – Twice the Johnson & Wales University wrestling team came within a match of defeating a pair of ranked teams. Unfortunately, the fifth-ranked Wildcats couldn't pull through as they went 2-2 at New Jersey City University on Saturday.

Johnson & Wales lost 19-17 to #17 Messiah then beat the United States Merchant Marine Academy 24-11. It was another 19-17 loss, this time to No. 4 Wabash College. JWU wrapped up the day by topping Muhlenberg University, 27-16

JWU almost made a comeback in the first match of the day, but couldn't win the final bout. After the Falcons won the first four matches, JWU got on the board with a Tommy Wrzesien pin in just 2:26. Sixth-ranked Michael DiNardo followed with a major decision at 285 pounds. Wins by Justin Lopez at 125 pounds and 141-pounder Jordan Robinson allowed JWU to even it at 16-16. Nick Barnhart beat Gabe McDaniel – who bumped up from 141 – 10-8 to get the team victory.

It was a much easier time in match two as the Wildcats won six of the first seven matchups against the US Merchant Marine Academy. Liridon Leka (285 pounds) and Marvin Cunningham (149 pounds) both produced pins.

Back-to-back wins by Cunningham (149 pounds) and Kyle Althenn (157 pounds) pushed JWU out to an 11-6 lead versus Wabash. The rookie Althenn beat sixth-ranked Austin Bethel, 8-0. The Little Giants answered with a major decision and pin. Nick Muncsh got a 6-5 decision and Wrzesien won for the third time to give JWU a 17-16 lead. However, Maxwell Bishop beat DiNardo, 4-2, to get the team triumph.

The Wildcats finished the day on a winning note against Muhlenberg. A forfeit and pin by Freddy Eckles got JWU out to a 12-0 lead. Cam Altobelli's second win of the afternoon pushed the lead to 21-10. Going into the final match, the Mules had a chance to pull out the upset, but DiNardo got a pin at 285 pounds to secure the victory.

JWU gets back into action at the Scotty Viera Open on January 4 then the NWCA National Duals, January 10-11.

#17 Messiah 19, #5 Johnson & Wales 16                                                                     JWU-MU
157:      #8 Stephen Maloney (MC) over. Darius Joyce (JWU) Decision 9-5                     0-3
165:      Matt Pangle (MC) over Christian Murphy(JWU) Decision 6-0                                0-6
174:      Brian Shermeyer (MC) over Seon Bowker (JWU)  Decision 6-0                            0-9
184:      David Stevens (MC) over Nick Munsch (JWU)  Decision 6-3                                0-12
197:      Tommy Wrzesien (JWU) over Joe Embleton (MC) Fall 2:26                                 6-12
285:      #6 Michael DiNardo (JWU) over Carter Urich (MC) Major Decision 12-2                10-12
125:      Justin Lopez (JWU) over #9 Sean Reddington (MC) Decision 9-5                         13-12
133:      Josiah Gehr (MC) over Freddy Eckles Major Decision 14-6                                  13-16
141:      Jordan Robinson (JWU) over Garret Cornell  (MC) Decision 8-4                           16-16
149:      Nick Barnhart (MC) over Gabe McDaniel (JWU) Decision 10-8                             16-1

#5 Johnson & Wales 24, US Merchant Marine Academy 11                                         JWU-USMMA
197:      Tommy Wrzesien (JWU) over Dominic French (USMMA) Decision 8-2                 3-0
285:      Liridon Leka (JWU) over Collin Keil (USMMA) Fall 3:23                                       9-0
125:      Christopher Caban (JWU) wins by forfeit                                                            15-0
133:      Caleb Kreiter (USMMA) over Hayden Brown (JWU) Decision 7-5                         15-3
141:      Jordan Robinson (JWU) over Jake Boyd (USMMA) Decision 8-4                          18-3
149:      Marvin Cunningham (JWU) over Steven Shields (USMMA) Fall 2:03                    24-3
157:      Brady Robin (JWU) over Nate Johnson (USMMA) Decision 5-1                            27-3
165:      Luke Gauthier (USMMA) over Steven Ocampo Tech Fall 19-2 5:00                      27-8
174:      Cam Altobelli (JWU) over James Cruz Decision 4-2                                             30-8
184:      #2 Joshua Glantzman (USMMA) over Nick Caracappa Decision 3-1                     30-11

#4 Wabash 19, #5 Johnson & Wales 17                                                                       JWU-WC
125:      #3 Carlo Champagne (WC) over Christopher Caban (JWU) Decision 6-2              0-3
133:      Freddy Eckles (JWU) over Riley Lomenick (WC) Major Decision 14-6                   4-3
141:      Owen Doster (WB) over Jordan Robinson (JWU) Decision 5-1                             4-6
149:      Marvin Cunningham (JWU) over Alex Barr Decision 9-5                                       7-6
157:      Kyle Althenn (JWU) over #6 Austin Bethel (WC) Major Decision 8-0                     11-6
165:      #3 Kyle Hatch (WC) over Christian Murphy (JWU) Major Decision 13-3                 11-10
174:      #1 Darden Schurg (WC) over Seon Bowker (JWU) Fall 1:24                                11-16
184:      Nick Munsch (JWU) over Ethan Herrin Decision 6-5                                            14-16
197:      Tommy Wrzesien (JWU) over Levi Miller Decision 8-1                                         17-16
285:      Maxwell Bishop (WB) over #6 Michael DiNardo (JWU) Decision 4-2                     17-19

#5 Johnson & Wales 27, Muhlenberg 16                                                                      JWU-MC
125:      Justin Lopez (JWU) won by forfeit                                                                      6-0
133:      Freddy Eckles (JWU) over Jeorcy Pena (MC) Fall 2:24                                        12-0
141:      Greg Baum (MC) over Gabe McDaniel (JWU) Decision 6-4                                  12-3
149:      Austin Sherman (MC) over Marvin Cunningham (JWU) Decision 6-2                    12-6
157:      Darius Joyce (JWU) over Angelo Mahaffey (MC) Decision 3-2                              15-6
165:      Dylan Schwartz (MC) over Christian Murphy (JWU) Major Decision 12-4               15-10
174:      Cam Altobelli (JWU) over Brian Jamison (MC) Fall 1:45                                       21-10
184:      Jimmy Fratantoni (MC) over Nick Caracappa (JWU) Decision 6-1                         21-13
197:      Luca Colestock (MC) over Tommy Wrzesien (JWU) Decision 6-2                         21-16   
285:      #6 Michael DiNardo (JWU) over Scott Schaeffer (MC) Fall 6:46                            27-16