ROANOKE, Virginia, March 6, 2019 – Six Connecticut wrestlers will be competing this weekend at the NCAA Division III national championships at the Berglund Center.
Trumbull’s Cross Cannone, a senior at Wartburg College, will attempt to achieve something that no Connecticut wrestler has ever accomplished – win a second NCAA championship.
Cannone is the No. 1 seed at 157 pounds. He is 27-0 on the year and the defending NCAA Division III champion. He has won 61 straight matches after two consecutive undefeated seasons.
Wartburg will be looking to win their fourth straight NCAA Division III championship.
Along with Cannone, Windsor Locks’ Khamri Thomas of Johnson & Wales (184, 30-5), Southington’s Zach Murillo of Wesleyan (125, 27-8), New Fairfield’s Taylor Shay of Roger Williams (165, 39-1), Groton’s Adrian Gonzalez of Johnson & Wales (165, 35-15) and Glastonbury’s Joseph Rossetti of Williams (141, 38-8) will also be competing in the tournament that kicks off on Friday. Rossetti is fourth in the nation with 19 pins on the year.
Thomas, who was the outstanding wrestler at the recent NCAA Division III Northeast Regional is seeded third in his weight class while Shay is seeded second at 165.
Coast Guard has a team-record five wrestlers competing at the national championship meet.
Junior A.J. Aeberli (174) from Warwick, N.Y.; sophomore Jon Wagner (197) from Huntington, Pa., junior Patrick Irwin (285) of El Dorado Hills, California; All-American senior Nick Remke (165) of Marengo, Ill., and freshman Paul Detwiler (184) of Fleming Island, Florida will be at the tournament.
Detwiler is the No. 2 seed at 184 with a 21-5 record. Aeberli is seeded fifth at 174 with a 22-4 record while Irwin is seeded eighth at 285 with an 18-6 mark.
Wrestling begins on Friday morning and concludes on Saturday.
Recent NCAA Division III All-Americans from Connecticut
Cross Cannone (149, Trumbull), Wartburg College, national champion
Isaiah Bellamy (285, Norwich), Wesleyan, 3rd
Devon Carillo (197, Middletown), Wesleyan, 8th
Khamri Thomas (184, Windsor Locks), Johnson & Wales, 8th
Mike Ross (165, Milford), Wartburg College, 8th
Cross Cannone (141, Trumbull), Wartburg College, 2nd
Chris Chorzepa (184, Newington), Williams College, 8th
Chris Chorzepa (184, Newington), Williams College, 4th
Brian Amato (125, Newington), WPI, 8th
Chris Chorzepa (184, Newington), Williams, 3rd