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2018 NCAA Division III
At Worcester, Mass.
Team results – 1. Johnson & Wales 156½, 2. WPI 92½, 3. Wesleyan 91½, 4. New York University 89, 5. Southern Maine 88, 6. Roger Williams 87, 7. Coast Guard 79½, 8. Williams 61½, 9. Western New England 59½, 10. Springfield 54½, 11. Castleton University 46, 12. New England College 32, 13. Trinity 28½, 14. Norwich University 14, 15. Bridgewater State 12½, 16. Plymouth State 10, 17. Rhode Island College 3
Final -- Jay Albis (Johnson & Wales) dec. Peter Del Gallo (University Of Southern Maine) 10-4; 3.
Nick Barbaria (Roger Williams) dec. Matt Morris (Williams College) 10-7; 5. Amir Daouk (Wesleyan) dec. Ben Zogby (Worcester Polytechnic Institute) 11-2
Final -- Matthew Noble (New York University) dec. Joao Vicente (Johnson & Wales) 8-7; 3. Owen McClave (Coast Guard) dec. Timothy McLinden (Western New England University) 11-1; 5. Stephen Jendritz (Worcester Polytechnic Institute) dec. Ian Tolotti (Springfield College) 7-2
Final -- Joseph Ferinde (Johnson & Wales) dec. Sean Lyons (New York University) 8-4; 3. Austin Shorey (University of Southern Maine) dec. James Matias (Wesleyan) 6-3; 5. Max Temple (Castleton University) pin Najee Hall (New England College) 1:32
Final -- Evan Drill (New York University) dec. Brendon Seyfried (Williams College) 12-7; 3. Grant Sorensen (Trinity College) tech fall Brendan Weir (University of Southern Maine) 15-0, 5:17; 5. Thomas Grippi (Johnson & Wales) pin Carter Armendarez (Wesleyan) 1:47
Final -- Raymond Jazikoff (New York University) dec. Tyler Marsh (Worcester Polytechnic Institute) 3-2; 3. Tyler Gazaway (Roger Williams) dec. Christopher Sullivan (Coast Guard) 11-2; 5. Brady Robin (Johnson & Wales) dec. Jake Savoca (Williams College) 11-1
Final -- Taylor Shay (Roger Williams) dec. Adrian Gonzalez (Johnson & Wales) 4-2, double OT; 3. Nick Remke (Coast Guard) pin Jared Costa (Castleton University) 5:44; 5. Brendan Marion (Worcester Polytechnic Institute) pin Yo Akiyama (Williams College) 0:52
Final -- Malik Settles (New England College) dec. Arthur (A.J.) Aeberli (Coast Guard) 9-7; 3. Dominic Pirraglia (Wesleyan) dec. Justin Stacy (University Of Southern Maine) 4-2; 5. Brett Leonard (Roger Williams) medical forfeit over Ryan Guers (Western New England University)
Final -- Khamri Thomas (Johnson & Wales) dec. John Boyle (Western New England University) 4-3, 2 OT; 3. Connor Humphries (Roger Williams) dec. Dan Wensley (Worcester Polytechnic Institute) 4-2, OT; 5. Sebastian Dziadkiewicz (Williams College) dec. Henry Oberlander (Bridgewater State University) 9-3
Final -- Devon Carrillo (Wesleyan) dec. Michael DiNardo (Johnson & Wales) 7-3; 3. Jonathan Wagner (Coast Guard) dec. Brandon Cousino (University of Southern Maine) 6-4; 5. Michael Curtis (Worcester Polytechnic Institute) dec. Jack La Corte (New York University) 4-2
Final -- Isaiah Bellamy (Wesleyan) pin Joe Fusco (Springfield College) 3:40; 3. Jonah Aurelio (Johnson & Wales) dec. Austin Shrewsbury (Worcester Polytechnic Institute) 4-2, OT; 5. Jesse Webb (Castleton University) win by forfeit over Domenic Liquori (Western New England University)
Outstanding wrestler: Jay Albis (125), Roger Williams
Eight state natives earn berths to NCAA Division III national tournament
Seven Connecticut natives won NCAA Division III regional championships Sunday to qualify for the upcoming NCAA Division III national championship on March 9-10 in Cleveland.
Trumbull’s Cross Cannone (149) of Wartburg College in Iowa won his first NCAA Lower Midwest Regional title to earn his second consecutive NCAA tournament berth while freshman teammate Mike Ross of Foran-Milford (157) won his first Lower Midwest title.
At the Northeast Regional in Worcester, Middletown’s Devon Carrillo (197) and Norwich’s Isaiah Bellamy (285) won titles for Wesleyan while Windsor Locks’ Khamri Thomas (184) won a championship for Johnson and Wales. New Fairfield’s Taylor Shay (165) won a title for Roger Williams.
At the Southeast Regional in Virginia, Southington junior Zack Bylykbashi (141) won a title for Washington and Lee and was named the tournament's Outstanding Wrestler.
The top three wrestlers in each weight class earned a trip the Division III nationals.
An eighth Connecticut wrestler also qualified. Former Fitch wrestler Adrian Gonzalez of Johnson and Wales finished second at 165 pounds at the Northeast Regional, dropping a 4-2 double OT decision to Shay.
Cannone (30-0) earned a spot at the NCAA tournament with a 7-1 win Millikin’s Bradan Bart in the semifinals. He won his title bout with a medical forfeit. Ross beat Cornell’s Ben Hewson, 8-0 to win his championship. Ross is now 22-0 on the year with 10 pins. Wartburg had eight individual champions as they easily won the Lower Midwest Regional title.
Carrillo, in his third season wrestling at the collegiate level, will compete in his third NCAA Tournament while Bellamy qualified for the first times. Carrillo's regional performance has improved each year—he took third in 2016, second in 2017, and now first in 2018.
Carillo (35-2) went 4-0 on the weekend with two pins and now has 22 pins on the year. He beat Michael DiNardo of Johnson & Wales, who is ranked No. 8 in the country, in the finals, 7-3.
Bellamy (32-2) also went 4-0 in the tournament and two pins, he has 21 on the year. In the finals, he faced Joe Fusco of Springfield for the fourth time this season and pinned his opponent in 3:40. Bellamy is 4-0 against Fusco this year with three pins.
Thomas, a junior, earned his first-ever berth to the NCAA Tournament and won his first Northeast Regional championship with a 4-3 win over Western New England’s John Boyle in double OT.
Roger Williams’ Shay (36-6) of New Fairfield earned his first Northeast Regional title with a 4-2 win in double OT over Adrian Gonzalez of Johnson & Wales at 165 pounds.
Bylykbashi (28-8) earned his bid to nationals with a 6-4 overtime win in the semifinals over Matthew Grossman of Wilkes. Grossman is a former national champion, having claimed the 2015 title at 133 pounds.
Bylykbashi then won the 141-pound bracket with a 2-0 decision over Tim Ambacher of Delaware Valley in the title match. Ambacher entered the tournament ranked sixth in Division III. Bylykbashi will be competing at the nationals for the second straight year.
Johnson & Wales wins second straight Northeast Regional
WORCESTER, February 25 -- Johnson & Wales junior 125-pounder Jay Albis was named Most Outstanding Wrestler and two teammates claimed individual titles to lift the Wildcats to the team championship at the NCAA Division III Northeast Regional hosted by WPI.
JWU racked up an impressive 156½ points to capture their second straight Northeast Regional championship. Second through sixth place was separated by just a total of 5½ points with WPI finishing second with 92½ points followed by Wesleyan (91½), New York University (89), Southern Maine (88) and Roger Williams (87).
The top three in each weight class advance to the 2018 NCAA Division III Wrestling Championships on Friday, March 9 and Saturday, March 10 in Cleveland, Ohio, while the top six earned all-region recognition.
Wesleyan’s Devon Carillo (197) of Middletown and Isaiah Bellamy (285) of Norwich won regional championships to lead the Cardinals. Windsor Locks’ Khamri Thomas (184) won a championship for Johnson and Walks along with teammate Joseph Ferindle (141). New Fairfield’s Taylor Shay of Roger Williams won his first Northeast Regional title with a victory at 165 pounds.
No. 24 Coast Guard had a team-record four wrestlers qualify for the NCAA Division III nationals with sophomore Owen McClave (133), junior Nick Remke (165), sophomore A.J. Aeberli (174) and freshman Jonathan Wagner (197) earning invitations. Aeberli lost in the finals, dropping a 9-7 decision to Malik Settles of New England College after a review with three seconds left, but he still earned his first-ever NCAA berth. McClave, Remke and Wagner each finished third.
Trinity College had one wrestler earn an NCAA Division III tournament berth. Junior captain Grant Sorenson took third at 149 pounds.