WORCESTER -- 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 two-day NCAA Division III Northeast Regional hosted by WPI.
JWU racked up an impressive 156.5 points en route to its second straight team title. Second through sixth place was separated by just a total of 5.5 points with WPI finishing second with 92.5 points followed by Wesleyan (91.5), NYU (89), Southern Maine (88) and Roger Williams (87).
The top three in each weight class advance to the 2018 NCAA Division III Wrestling Championships hosted by Baldwin-Wallace on Friday, March 9th and Saturday, March 10th in Cleveland, Ohio, while the top six earned all-region recognition.
Joining Albis as champions were teammates Joseph Ferinde at 141 pounds and Khamri Thomas at 184. NYU also had individual titles with Matthew Nobel at 133, Evan Drill at 149 and Raymond Jazikoff at 157 while Wesleyan dominated the heavyweights with Devon Carrillo (197) and Isaiah Bellamy (285) claiming the crowns in the last two weight classes. Others to see their arm raised in victory included Tyler Shea of Roger Williams at 165 and Malik Settles of New England College.
Johnson & Wales led the way with seven national qualifiers. In total 11 of the 17 participating schools will be sending wrestlers to the nationals, including NYU (4), Coast Guard (4), Roger Williams (3), Southern Maine (3), Wesleyan (3), WPI (1), Springfield (1), Western New England (1), Williams (1) and Trinity (1).