PLYMOUTH, N.H. – It was a successful afternoon for the Johnson & Wales University wrestling team at the Jim Aguiar Invitational, hosted by Plymouth State University. The Wildcats produced a pair of individual champions and finished fourth as a team.
Gabriel Leo started his run at 125 pounds with a 19-4 tech fall of Roger Williams' Ari Dinerman. He produced a 14-5 major decision over Nick Roeger of Castleton then defeated the number one seed, Parker Brunkala of Coast Gard, 9-7, to claim the title.
It was an all-JWU final at 157 pounds. Senior Brady Robin upset the top seed, Coast Guard's Matt McGowan, 6-2, in the quarterfinals. He shutout Nate Lindsay of Roger Williams, 5-0, to get to the finals. Teammate Gabriel Degraffinreed record three-straight victories, highlighted by a 7-1 decision in the semifinals. Robin topped the rookie, 7-2, for the title.
Rookie Adam Quintanilla advanced to the quarterfinals of 125 pounds then won a pair of bouts in the consolation bracket to take third.
First-year Christian Rivas won twice to get to the 133-pound semifinals. He was beaten by the eventual champion, but came through with a fourth-place finish.
JWU returns home for the NEWA Duals, January 19, in the Rhode Island Convention Center.