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Wildcats Win Six Titles at NEWA Open

Wildcats Win Six Titles at NEWA Open

PROVIDENCE, RI – In addition to the team competition, Sunday also featured the NEWA Open. The Johnson & Wales University wrestling team dominated the competition with six champions and 14 Wildcats in the top five.

At 125 pounds, Adam Quintanilla posted a perfect 4-0 mark that included three pins. He beat teammate Gabriel Leo in the semifinals then topped Castleton's Frank Darwak, 13-7, in the finals. Leo rebounded to take third.

Sophomore Freddy Eckles went 4-0 at 133 to win the title. He recorded a pair of tech falls, including a 16-1 decision over Peter Tringali from Roger Williams.

Johnson & Wales had three of the four wrestlers in the semifinals of 149 pounds. Senior Marvin Cunningham went 5-0 with four pins, including a fall in 2:29 against teammate Cole DiRico. DiRico went 4-1 with three pins. Quincy Howard came in fourth after losing to DiRico in the semis.

Two Wildcats were in the semifinals of 157 pounds, including the champion Sam Tenaglia. He had three pins and a tech fall before beating Castleton's Logan Dubuque, 8-1, in the championship match. Sophomore Gabe McDaniel took fifth and Gabriel Degraffinreed came in fifth.  

Sophomore Jordi Perez took home the championship at 184 pounds. He pinned Nathanael Tejeda from Springfield in just 1:52 in the title bout.

The final championship came from Liridon Leka at 285 pounds. He pinned all five of his opponents, including Shea Garand of Castleton in the finals. John Iglesias recorded three pins to take fifth.

Rounding out the place finishers was Steven Ocampo with a second-place finish at 165 pounds and Craig Sampson took fifth at 141 pounds.

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