PROVIDENCE, RI – It was a quick trip across town and a quick victory on Friday for the Johnson & Wales University wrestling team. The No. 8 Wildcats blanked Rhode Island College, 47-0.
Johnson & Wales ran its record to 21-6 with its 54-straight triumphs against New England schools.
JWU jumped out to a quick 12-0 lead with pins by Tommy Wrzesien at 197 pounds and 285-pounder Michael DiNardo. Eighth-ranked Hayden Brown has the fastest pin of the night, beating Francisco Roman at 133 pounds in just 44 seconds.
The team win was over after 149 pounds when Marvin Cunningham beat Ja'Mon VanHeningan, 11-7. Sophomore William Hughes pinned Sam Lindblom in 1:56 of their 157-pound match. At 165 pounds, rookie Gabriel Degrafinreed notched a 19-4 tech fall.
JWU is right back on the mat Saturday to face New England College at 1 p.m.
#8 Johnson & Wales 47, Rhode Island College 0 JWU-RIC
197 Tommy Wrzesien (JWU) def. Daniel Sblendorio (RIC) Fall 1:02 6-0
285 Michael DiNardo (JWU) def. Jordan Zanni (RIC) Fall 1:37 12-0
125 Justin Lopez (JWU) def. Julien Vivas (RIC) Tech Fall 20-5 17-0
133 #8 Hayden Brown (JWU) def. Francisco Roman (RIC) Fall 0:44 23-0
141 Freddy Eckles (JWU) def. Nathan Lackman (RIC) Decision 5-2 26-0
149 Marvin Cunningham (JWU) def. Ja'Mon VanHeningan (RIC) Decision 11-7 29-0
157 William Hughes (JWU) def. Sam Lindblom (RIC) Fall 1:56 35-0
165 Gabriel Degraffinreed (JWU) def Ayomide Onajide (RIC) Tech Fall 19-4 40-0
174 Seon Bowker (JWU) def. Jett Tancsik (RIC) Decision 5-1 43-0
184 Jordi Perez (JWU) def. Nathan Stemple (RIC) Major Decision 17-9 47-0