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#6 JWU Wrestling Captures Fourth-Straight NEWA Duals Title

#6 JWU Wrestling Captures Fourth-Straight NEWA Duals Title


PROVIDENCE, RI – From the first match to the last, the Johnson & Wales University wrestling team was on a mission Sunday at the NEWA Dual Championships. The sixth-ranked Wildcats rolled to their fourth-straight championship at the Rhode Island Convention Center.

Johnson & Wales is the first program in New England to win four-straight NEWA titles. Overall, JWU has won eight NEWA Championships.

The Wildcats blanked Plymouth State, 54-0, to start the day then beat WPI, 44-3. Johnson & Wales stopped Roger Williams, 36-8, before taking down #10 Coast Guard, 30-8, in the finals.

The last time Johnson & Wales and Coast Guard met, the match came down to criteria. That wouldn't be needed the second time as the Wildcats won the first five matches. Christopher Caban and Hayden Brown each had first-period pins. Ninth-ranked Jordan Robinson won 4-0 at 141 pounds and at 149 pounds, No. 7 Da'mani Burns posted a 10-1 triumph. 

At 157 pounds, Brady Robin notched a 6-3 win over Marco Dominguez to extend the JWU lead to 22-0. The Bears won the next three matches, but fourth-ranked Giovanni Santiago beat No. 7  Jon Wagner, 3-1, in overtime to wrap up the title. For good measure, Michael DiNardo pinned Thomas Sidener in just 48 seconds at 285 pounds.

Rival Roger Williams stood between Johnson & Wales and a spot in the finals. Brown pinned Sean Wieck in just 1:40 at 133 pounds. Robinson produced a 16-5 major decision against Tommy Gallagher.  Nick Munsch secured the team win by pinning Anthony Malfitano in 4:19 at 184 pounds.

It was a pretty easy route to the semifinals as the Wildcats took the first six matches against the Engineers. Justin Lopez pinned Christian Curll in just 31 seconds. After a pair of tech falls, Burns only needed 1:47 to pin Ronan Bell. Nick Caracappa produced a pin in 1:38 against George Horta at 184 pounds and DiNardo finished off by pinning Niko Diakides in just 45 seconds.

Johnson & Wales cruised to its first victory of the day over the Panthers. JWU received forfeits in the first two matches then added back-to-back pins by Burns and Darius Joyce.  Santiago and DiNardo wrapped up the win with a pair of pins.

Johnson & Wales is on the road Saturday for the Stevens Quad then comes home to host the JWU Wildcat Open on Sunday.

#6 Johnson & Wales 30, #10 Coast Guard 8                                                                            JWU-CGA
125        Christopher Caban (JWU) over Parker Brunkala (CGA) Fall 0:30                                         6-0
133        Hayden Brown (JWU) over Liam Logue (CGA) Fall 1:15                                                     12-0
141        #9 Jordan Robinson (JWU) over Noah Caskey (CGA) Decision 4-0                                     15-0
149        #7 Da'mani Burns (JWU) over A.J. Pagliarulo (CGA) Major Decision 10-1                            19-0
157        Brady Robin (JWU) over Marco Dominguez (CGA) Decision 6-3                                         22-0
165        Philip Rogers (CGA) over Christian Murphy (JWU) Decision 8-6                                          22-3
174        #6 A.J. Aeberli (CGA) over Seon Bowker (JWU) Decision 7-3                                             22-6
184        #5 Paul Detwiler (CGA) over Nick Munsch (JWU) Decision 11-5                                         22-9
197        #4 Giovanni Santiago (JWU) over #7 Jon Wagner (CGA) SV-1 3-1                                     25-9
285        Michael DiNardo (JWU) over Thomas Sidener (CGA) Fall 0:48                                           31-9
              Both Teams Deducted 1 Team Point
Final Score                                                                                                                                  30-8 

#6 Johnson & Wales 36, Roger Williams 8                                                                              JWU-RWU
125        Justin Lopez (JWU)  over Ben Dubois (RWU)  Technical Fall 19-4                                       5-0
133        Hayden Brown (JWU)  over Sean Wieck (RWU)  Fall 1:40                                                  11-0
141        #9 Jordan Robinson (JWU)  over Tommy Gallagher (RWU)  Major Decision 16-5                 15-0
149        #6 Tyler Gazaway (RWU)  over #7 Da'mani Burns (JWU)  Decision 10-9                             15-3
157        Darius Joyce (JWU)  over Jack Kelly (RWU)  Decision 7-4                                                  18-3
165        Christian Murphy (JWU)  over Michael Mirmina (RWU)  Decision 7-4                                   21-3
174        Brett Leonard (RWU)  over Cam Altobelli (JWU)  Tech Fall 17-0                                   21-8
184        Nick Munsch (JWU)  over Anthony Malfitano (RWU)  Fall 4:19                                            27-8
197        Nick Caracappa (JWU)  over Jack Rogers (RWU)  Dec 8-5                                                 30-8
285        Michael DiNardo (JWU)  wins by forfeit                                                                              36-8
Final Score                                                                                                                                  36-8

#6 Johnson & Wales 44, WPI 3
125        Justin Lopez (JWU) over Christian Curll (WPI) Fall 0:31                                                      6-0
133        Hayden Brown (JWU) over Chris Cook (WPI) Tech Fall 16-1                                              11-0
141        Freddy Eckles (JWU) over Carter Lewis (WPI) Tech Fall 16-1                                         16-0
149        #7 Da'mani Burns (JWU) over Ronan Ball (WPI) Fall 1:47                                                  22-0
157        Brady Robin (JWU) over Eddie Hay (WPI) Major Decision 9-1                                             26-0
165        Steven Ocampo (JWU) over Julian Robles (WPI) Decision 9-4                                            29-0
174        David Gibson (WPI)over Seon Bowker (JWU) Decision 6-3                                                 29-3
184        Nick Caracappa (JWU) over George Horta (WPI) Fall 1:38                                                 35-3
197        #4 Giovanni Santiago (JWU) over Tyler Riggs (WPI) Decision 6-3                                       38-3
285        Michael DiNardo (JWU) over Niko Diakides (WPI) Fall 0:45                                                44-3
Final Score                                                                                                                                   44-3

#6 Johnson & Wales 54, Plymouth State 0                                                                              JWU-PSU
125        Justin Lopez (JWU) wins by Forfeit                                                                                    6-0
133        Hayden Brown (JWU) wins by Forfeit                                                                                12-0
141        #9 Jordan Robinson (JWU) over Angelo Folino (PSU) Major Decision 10-2                          16-0
149        #7 Da'mani Burns (JWU) over Trevor O`Mara (PSU )Fall 1:45                                            22-0
157        Darius Joyce (JWU) over Colby Ferreti (PSU) Fall 0:51                                                      28-0
165        Christian Murphy (JWU) over Bill Dunn (PSU) Major Decision 9-1                                       32-0
174        Cam Altobelli (JWU) over Derek Sardella (PSU) Fall 1:26                                            38-0
184        Nick Caracappa (JWU) over Kevin Thomas (PSU) Major Decision 13-1                               42-0
197        #4 Giovanni Santiago (JWU) over Noah Giffard (PSU) Fall 2:36                                          48-0
285        Michael DiNardo (JWU) over Nickolas Fortunata (PSU) Fall 0:44                                        54-0
Final Score                                                                                                                                   54-0 

NEWA All-Tournament Team
Bridgewater State: Edwin Morales
Castleton: Mitchell LaFlam
Coast Guard: AJ Aeberli
Johnson & Wales, Michael DiNardo
New England College: Evan Fidelibus
Norwich: Dan Curran
Plymouth State:  Angelo Folino
RIC: Danny Sblendorio
Roger Williams: Brett Leonard
Southern Maine: Zach Thompson
Springfield: Zach Lawrence
Trinity: Kevin Lyskawa
Western New England: Nick Arborio
Williams: David Yeh
WPI: Tyler Marsh

Most Outstanding Wrestler: Paul Detwiler, Coast Guard