The first NCAA All-American in the history of Johnson & Wales University in any sport, as a wrestler James Gilbert was the personification of student-athlete excellence. He is in his 14th season season on the JWU wrestling staff.
Gilbert, who wrestled mostly at 157 or 165 pounds, was regionally ranked throughout his entire four-year career. After winning the NEWA 165-pound title in his senior year, he took a 36-2 record into the 2002 NCAA National Championships where he finished seventh, earning All-America accolades.
The first JWU wrestler to record over 100 wins, Gilbert won 123 matches from 1999-2002, including 37 by pin. A three-time Scholar All-American as recognized by the National Wrestling Coaches Association, he earned a degree in entrepreneurship in 2002
He is currently employed by Citizens Bank and resides in Providence with his wife Carla.