YORK, Pa.–It's been nearly a month since the Johnson & Wales University wrestling team has been on the mat, but the Wildcats showed no sign of rust. The Wildcats won four weight classes and had three more runner-ups to win the New Standard Invitational, hosted by York College.
Johnson & Wales won the event with 141.50 points to beat #5 Ithaca College by six points and was head and shoulders ahead of #3 Stevens.
The first title came from sixth-ranked Bobby Jordan (Woodbridge, NJ) at 125 pounds. He posted two pins on his way to the finals where he beat No. 4 Christopher Doyle of Baldwin Wallace, 7-5
No. 2 Jay Albis (Fishkill, NY) had no problem winning the crown at 133 pounds. He beat Johns Hopkins' Rick Cavallo, 7-1, in the finals.
The biggest upset of the day came at 174 pounds. Junior Michael Gargano (Old Bridge, NJ) beat second-ranked Dan Kilroy of TCNJ, 5-3, in the quarterfinals. He downed Ithaca's Jaison White, 1-0 in the finals.
The fourth title was posted at 197 pounds by Michael DiNardo (Mahopac, NY). In the semifinals he beat No. 6 Rocco Hladney of Elizabethtown, 6-2, then went on to pin North Central's Tyler Vittal
Senior Jonah Aurelio (Riverside, RI) posted a pair of upsets on his way to the finals of 285 pounds. He beat No. 8 Gabriel Mahaney of Baldwin Wallace, 5-2 in the quarterfinals then punched his ticket into the finals with a pin of seventh-ranked Stefanos Karpontitis from York. He lost to No. 5 Jake O'Brien in the championship bout.
Junior Joe Ferinde (Nutley, NJ) advanced to the finals of 141 pounds where he was defeated, 7-4, by Stevens' Brett Kaliner. Khamri Thomas (Windsor Locks, Conn.) was beaten in the finals of 184 pounds by fifth-ranked Jake Ashcraft of Ithaca.
The Wildcats also had a contingency at the Ted Reese Invitational, hosted by Southern Maine. Johnson & Wales took fourth with 91 points. The Coast Guard Academy won with 166 points.
A pair of wrestlers placed third in their weight classes. Sophomore Stephen Nadera (Old Bridge, NJ) was stopped in the semifinals of 125 pounds, but rebounded to beat Parker Brunkala of Coast Guard, 4-1. Senior Watna Cunha (Brockton, Mass.) was a semifinalist at 141 pounds before taking third.
Johnson & Wales travels to Oneonta, NY next weekend for the Northeast Duals.