Wrestling Finishes Fourth at NWCA Duals

Wrestling Finishes Fourth at NWCA Duals

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The close matches didn't go the Johnson & Wales University wrestling team's way on day two of the NWCA National Duals. The second-ranked Wildcats started Friday by losing 18-15 to No. 3 Augsburg – who went on to win the title - then fell to #4 Ithaca, 22-11.

Augsburg won the opening match, but Johnson & Wales came back to win the next two. No. 2 Jay Albis (Fishkill, NY) stopped fifth-ranked Sam Bennyhoff, 9-6, at 133 pounds. Senior Joao Vicente (East Providence, RI) scored a major upset at 141 pounds when he beat No. 3 David Flynn, 5-4.

Unfortunately, Johnson & Wales dug itself too big of a hole. The Auggies won the next four matches, thanks to four ranked wrestlers, to build an 18-6 lead. No. 5 Khamri Thomas (Windsor Locks, Conn.) stopped the run with his 4-2 decision at 184 pounds. Sixth-ranked Michael DiNardo (Mahopac, NY) was a 4-3 winner at 197 pounds and #10 Jonah Aurelio (Riverside, RI) closed out the match with a 9-5 win at 285 bounds.

Albis won his fourth match of the tournament when he defeated Ithaca's Tito Colom, 7-0. Johnson & Wales took an 8-6 lead when junior Joe Ferinde (Nutley, N.J) toppled #4 Sam Schneider with an 18-2 technical fall. However, Johnson & Wales would only get one more victory when DiNardo posted a 6-4 decision.

Johnson & Wales gets back on the mat January 14 when it hosts Norwich, Coast Guard and Southern Maine for a quad match at 12 p.m.

#3 Augsburg 18, #2 Johnson & Wales 15
125       Victor Gliva (AC) over #5 Bobby Jordan (JWU) Maj 8-0                            0-4
133       #2 Jay Albis (JWU) over #5 Sam Bennyhoff (AC) Dec 9-6                        3-4
141       Joao Vicente (JWU) over #3 David Flynn (AC) Dec 5-4                            6-4
149       #6 Alex Wilson (AC) over Joe Ferinde (JWU) Dec 9-6                        6-7
157       #6 Ryan Epps (AC) over Tim Higginson (JWU) Dec. 7-1                          6-10
165       #1 Lucas Jeske (AC) over Adrian Gonzalez (JWU) Maj 13-2                    6-14
174       #7 Tanner Vasser (AC) over Michael Gargano (JWU) Maj 14-4                6-18
184       #5 Khamri Thomas (JWU) over Sebastian Larsen (AC) Dec 4-2               9-18
197       #6 Michael DiNardo (JWU) over Lance Benick (AC) Dec. 4-3                   12-18
285       #10 Jonah Aurelio (JWU) over Ethan Hofacker (AC) Dec. 9-5                   15-18

#4 Ithaca 22, #2 Johnson & Wales 11
125       Ferdinand Mase (IC) over Stephen Nadera (JWU) Dec 3-0                      0-3                   
133       #2 Jay Albis (JWU) over Tito Colom (IC) Dec 7-0                                     3-0
141       Ben Brisman (IC) over Joao Vicente (JWU) Dec 8-4                                3-6
149       Joe Ferinde (JWU) over #4 Sam Schneider (IC) TF 18-2                          8-6
157       Austin Whitney (IC) over Tim Higginson (JWU) Dec 7-5                           8-9
165       #2 Nick Velez (IC) over Seon Bowker (JWU) Maj 10-2                             8-13
174       Jaison White (IC) over Adrian Gonzalez (JWU) Dec 6-2                           8-16
184       #4 Jake Ashcraft (IC) over #5 Khamri Thomas (JWU) Dec 5-4                  8-19
197       #6 Michael DiNardo (JWU) over Dymir Davis-Carruth (IC) Dec 6-4           11-19
285       #5 Jake O`Brien (IC) over #10 Jonah Aurelio (JWU) Dec 3-0                    11-22