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Johnson & Wales wins second straight Northeast Regional

Johnson and Wales won the 2018 NCAA Division III Northeast Regional championship. (Photo courtesy Johnson and Wales)

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. ​

2018 NCAA Division III Northeast Regional
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

Individual results

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

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