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#8 Wrestlers Win a Trio in Springfield

#8 Wrestlers Win a Trio in Springfield

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – The Johnson & Wales University wrestling team continued its dual meet dominance on Saturday at Springfield College. Eighth-ranked Johnson & Wales opened by beating Castleton, 27-13, then topped Cortland State, 35-13. The Wildcats ended the day by toppling Springfield, 22-15.

The trio of wins ran the Wildcats' record to 21-6. JWU has won 53-straight against New England schools.

Johnson & Wales and Castleton were nearly even through the first five bouts with Michael DiNardo giving JWU  a 15-7 advantage with his pin of Joseph Galusha in 3:54 of their 285-pound contest. Hayden Brown's pin at 133 pounds wrapped up the team triumph and seventh-ranked Da'mani Burns added a pin for good measure at 149 pounds.

The Red Dragons had an early lead, but the Wildcats finished the meet by winning six of the last seven weight classes. Tommy Wrzesien and DiNardo had back-to-back pins then Brown added his second pin of the day. Burns capped the win against his previous school with a 13-4 major decision.

Wrzesien only needed 55 seconds to pin Springfield's Sam Ware then DiNardo scored a 5-4 upset of #4 Joe Fusco. The Pride pulled within 9-6, but ninth-ranked Jordan Robinson at 141 pounds, 149-pounder Marvin Cunningham and William Hughes at 157 pounds all won to push the JWU margin back to 22-9. Rookie Christian Murphy notched a 9-4 decision at 174 pounds to wrap up the win.

Johnson & Wales goes across town to take on Rhode Island College Friday at 6 p.m.

#8 Johnson & Wales 27, Castleton 13                                                                                       JWU-WPI
157     Darius Joyce (JWU) over Cooper Fleming (CU) Decision 8-4                                                   3-0
165     Christian Murphy (JWU) over Reese Millington (CU) Decision 3-2                                            6-0
174     Chance LaPier (CU) over Cam Altobelli (JWU) Major Decision 14-1                                          6-4
184     Nick Caracappa (JWU) over Jason Hoffman (CU) Decision 4-2                                                9-4
197     Mitchell LaFlam (CU) over #9 Giovanni Santiago (JWU) Decision 4-3                                       9-7
285     Michael DiNardo (JWU) over Joseph Galusha (CU) Fall 3:54                                                   15-7
125     Joseph Valentino (CU) over Justin Lopez (JWU) Decision 3-2                                                15-10
133     Hayden Brown (JWU) over Nicholas Camacho (CU) Fall 3:30                                                21-10
141     Max Tempel (CU) over Freddy Eckles (JWU) SV-1 3-1                                                          21-13
149     #7 Da'mani Burns (JWU) over Cqari Bacote (CU) Fall 5:00                                                     27-13          

#8 Johnson & Wales 35, Cortland State 13                                                                                JWU-WPI
157     Ben Bivar (CS) over William Hughes (JWU) Fall 2:43                                                               0-6
165     Christian Murphy (JWU) over Charlie Buckley (CS) Major Decision 16-5                                   4-6
174     Demitereus Henry (CS) over Steven Ocampo (JWU) Decision 7-2                                            4-9
184     Nick Caracappa (JWU) wins by forfeit                                                                                    10-9
197     Tommy Wrzesien (JWU) over Mark Rivera (CS) Fall 1:44                                                        16-9
285     Michael DiNardo (JWU) over Zach Herbert (CS) Fall 2:43                                                       22-9
125     Justin Lopez (JWU) over Benjarmin llyod (CS) Decision 8-3                                                    25-9
133     Hayden Brown (JWU) over Vincent Santilli (CS) Fall 1:53                                                        31-9
141     Chandler Merwin (CS) over Freddy Eckles (JWU) Major Decision 9-0                                     31-13
149     Da'mani Burns (JWU) over Ryan Burgbacher (CS) Major Decision 13-4                                  35-13

#8 Johnson & Wales 22, Springfield 15                                                                                      JWU-SC

197     Tommy Wrzesien (JWU) over Sam Ware (SC) Fall 0:55                                                          6-0
285     Michael DiNardo (JWU) over #4 Joe Fusco (SC) Decision 5-4                                                  9-0
125     Joey Manginelli (SC) over Justin Lopez (JWU) Decision 5-2                                                     9-3
133     Chris Trelli (SC) over Freddy Eckles (JWU) Decision 8-5                                                         9-6
141     #9 Jordan Robinson (JWU) over Gianni Manginelli (SC) Decision 7-2                                      12-6
149     Marvin Cunningham (JWU) over Michael Vietri (SC) Decision 4-3                                            15-6
157     William Hughes (JWU) over Jordan Baker (SC) Major Decision 19-7                                        19-6
165     Zack Lawrence (SC) over Steven Ocampo (JWU) Decision 11-6                                             19-9
174     Christian Murphy (JWU) over Nicholas Almonte (SC) Decision 9-4                                           22-9
184     Ryan Errico (SC) over Nick Caracappa (JWU) Fall 6:47                                                         22-15