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Danbury’s Kevin Jack wins 100th collegiate match

Danbury’s Kevin Jack is a senior at North Carolina State this season. (Photo courtesy North Carolina State)

RALEIGH, N.C., December 15 — Danbury’s Kevin Jack of North Carolina State (141) earned his 100th career victory with a 9-3 win over Chad Red of Nebraska Friday night. Jack (8-0) is ranked No. 2 in the nation at 141 with Red ranked at No. 8. ​

Jack, a senior with the Wolfpack, has won 41 of his last 42 matches and is 22 wins shy of the all-time career record for wins at North Carolina State. He is just the fifth man in school history to win at least 100 career matches.​

Red, who went 183-0 in high school, is now 10-4. He was fourth at the Cliff Keen Invitational in Las Vegas earlier this month. ​

Jack’s win helped No. 6 North Carolina State remain undefeated (10-0) with a 29-3 win over No. 12 Nebraska (2-1).​

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Wesleyan is ranked No. 20 in the nation boosted by the strong start of Connecticut wrestlers Isaiah Bellamy (285) and Devon Carrillo (197). ​

Bellamy, a senior from Bozrah, pinned James Bethel of SUNY Oneonta – the previous No. 3 wrestler in the country – at the RIT Invitational to win the heavyweight title. He’s a perfect 13-0 this season with 11 pins, and has won all three tournaments he’s competed in. ​

Carrillo, a two-time NCAA qualifier and a graduate student from Middletown, has won two titles at 197 so far this season. His lone loss was in the championship match of the Roger Williams Tournament. They helped Wesleyan win the Doug Parker Invitational in December. ​

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New Fairfield’s Alec Opsal (141) won his first two matches of the season with Air Force. He was named the Air Force Cadet/Athlete of the Week in November for his cradle and pin that helped Air Force to a 24-12 win over Big 12 foe Fresno State in the unprecedented Battle on the Midway, hosted on the flight deck of the USS Midway. Opsal lost his first bout of the season at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational, dropping a match to All-American Josh Alber of Northern Iowa.​

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Trumbull freshman Tristan Haviland of Roger Williams (133) was named the New England Wrestling Association’s (NEWA) Rookie of the Week. Haviland beat Ian Tolotti of Springfield, 7-2 last week. Tolotti was ranked No. 2 in New England at the time and was a medalwinner at last year’s NCAA Division III Northeast Regional.​

Roger Williams beat Springfield in a dual meet, 23-15 as Roger Williams won six of 10 bouts. Somers’ Adam Patsun (285) won by pin in 5:53 to secure the victory for the undefeated Hawks (5-0). New Fairfield’s Taylor Shay (165) earned a 11-6 victory over Springfield’s Aarin Feliz.​

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Williams beat Trinity, 22-20 despite the Bantams winning five of the eight bouts wrestled on the mat. Trinity did give up a pair of forfeits. Trinity’s Lukas Kaminski (165) got a nice 3-0 win over Jake Savoca of Williams, while Williams’ Luke Anselmi beat Nolan Cornu 3-2 ​

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Johnson and Wales is ranked No. 1 in the nation in Division III – the first team at the school to be ranked No. 1.​

Last year, the Wildcats got as high as No. 3. JWU won the New Standard and Roger Williams Invitational and finished second at the Ithaca Invitational. Junior Khamri Thomas of Windsor Locks (184) who is 8-0 with four pins is ranked No. 6 in the nation. …Also is the top 25 is No. 18 Roger Williams, No. 19 WPI and No. 20 Wesleyan

New England top 10 wrestling poll

Results of the New England Wrestling Association (NEWA) Division III coaches poll.
December 14
1. Johnson and Wales (3-0), 2. Roger Williams (5-0), 3. WPI (6-0), 4. Wesleyan (0-0), 5. Coast Guard (0-0), 6. Southern Maine (3-0), 7. Springfield (3-1), 8. Castleton (6-4), 9. Williams (1-0), 10. Western New England (3-3).​

NEWA Div. III rankings,
December 14, 2017

125 Pounds

  1. Peter Del Gallo, Southern Maine
  2. Bobby Jordan, Johnson & Wales
  3. Nicholas Barbaria, Roger Williams
  4. Matt Morris, Williams
  5. Amir Daouk, Wesleyan
  6. Diego Santiago, New England College​

133 Pounds

  1. Jay Albis, Johnson & Wales
  2. Owen McClave, Coast Guard
  3. Steve Jendritz, WPI
  4. Tristan Haviland, Roger Williams (Trumbull)
  5. Ian Tolotti, Springfield
  6. Nick Camacho, Castleton​

141 Pounds:

  1. Joe Ferinde, Johnson & Wales
  2. Matt McGowan, Coast Guard
  3. Austin Shorey, Southern Maine
  4. Joe Rossetti, Williams
  5. Shane Ross, Wesleyan
  6. Dereck Bohle, Springfield​

149 Pounds:

  1. Justin Cochran, Roger Williams
  2. Carter Armendarez, Wesleyan
  3. Grant Sorenson, Trinity
  4. DJ Tirelli, Johnson and Wales
  5. Max Temple, Castleton
  6. Peter Nash, WPI​

157 Pounds:

  1. Chris Sullivan, Coast Guard
  2. Tyler Marsh, WPI
  3. Brendan Seyfried, Williams
  4. Tyler Gazaway, Roger Williams
  5. Brady Robin, Johnson and Wales
  6. Cameron Milliken, Castleton​

165 Pounds:

  1. Nick Remke, Coast Guard
  2. Taylor Shay, Roger Williams (New Fairfield)
  3. Aarin Feliz, Springfield
  4. Jared Costa, Castleton University
  5. Adrian Gonzalez, Johnson and Wales
  6. Davey Goodall, Western New England​

174 Pounds:

  1. A.J. Aeberli, Coast Guard
  2. Mike Gargano, Johnson & Wales
  3. Justin Stacey, Southern Maine
  4. Malik Settles, New England College
  5. Ryan Harty, Springfield
  6. Peter Hilburn, Roger Williams​

184 Pounds:

  1. Khamari Thomas, Johnson & Wales (Windsor Locks)
  2. John Boyle, Western New England
  3. Dan Wensley, WPI
  4. Dominic Pirraglia, Wesleyan
  5. Henry Oberlander, Bridgewater State
  6. Dylan Da Silva, Plymouth State ​

197 Pounds:

  1. Devon Carrillo, Wesleyan (Middletown)
  2. Michael DiNardo, Johnson & Wales
  3. Hunter Ayen, Springfield
  4. Mike Curtis, WPI
  5. Cedric Stephens, Castleton
  6. Chris Francis, Roger Williams​

285 Pounds:

  1. Isaiah Bellamy, Wesleyan (Bozrah)
  2. Jonah Aurelio, Johnson and Wales
  3. Jesse Webb, Castleton
  4. Mike Risti, Southern Maine
  5. Joe Fusco, Springfield
  6. Austin Shrewsbury, WPI

Gerry deSimas, Jr., is the editor and founder of Connecticut Wrestling Online. He is an award-winning writer and has been covering sports in Connecticut and New England for more than 40 years. He was inducted into the New England High School Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2018.

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