SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – If the Futures Tournament, hosted by Western New England University, is any indication, the Johnson & Wales University wrestling team is in good hands moving forward. The Wildcats won three titles during Saturday's competition.
The top seed at 141 pounds, Freddy Eckles picked up a tech fall in his opening bout then posted a pair of decisions to get to the finals. In the championship match, he beat Roger Williams' Ben Bariso, 3-0.
Seeded second at 165 pounds, Steven Ocampo got a major decision to start his run then posted a pair of decisions. In the finals, he got a forfeit against teammate Gabriel Degraffinreed after he got a pin and tech fall to get into the championship bout.
A major decision and two tech falls put Gabe McDaniel in the semifinals of 149 pounds. A pair of forfeits got him the title. Sophomore Sam Tenaglia recorded a major decision and pin to get to the finals of 157 pounds, but he was beat by Roger Williams' Jackson Wrobel.
The NCAA Division III leader in pins, Marvin Cunningham added to his lead with three pins to take fourth at 149 pounds.
Johnson & Wales goes for its fourth-straight NCAA Northeast Regional title, February 29-March 1, at Rhode Island College.