Wrestling Prepared for NCAA Northeast Regional Championships

Photo by Lianne Yun '18
Photo by Lianne Yun '18

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – The Wesleyan University wrestling team will compete in the two-day 2017 NCAA Division III Northeast Regional Championships beginning Saturday, Feb. 25 in Bristol, R.I., hosted by Roger Williams University.

THE BASICS
The Northeast Regional Championship is an NCAA qualifying tournament in which the top-three individual placers - in each weight class - earn a bid to the NCAA Division III National Championship March 10-11 in Lacrosse, Wis.

The opening round of the regionals will begin Saturday at 11 a.m., and will wrap up around 7 p.m. Sunday's semifinals and consolation quarterfinals will begin at 10 a.m., with championship finals and third/fourth place matches starting at approximately 2 p.m. Roger Williams University will serve as this year's host, and all of the tournament information can be found at the championship central page HERE

PREVIEW
This weekend's tournament is comprised of 19 teams, and features five nationally ranked programs; No. 3 Johnson & Wales, No. 4 Ithaca, No. 7 Roger Williams, No. 14 Coast Guard Academy and No. 15 Cortland. The Cardinals are hot entering the regionals as they've won five straight for another winning season with a 9-7 overall record. They are also 8-3 in their last 11 duals.

Leading the way for Wesleyan is senior Devon Carrillo, a reigning All-American and the third-ranked wrestler in the country at 197. The dual-sport athlete has excelled in his final season with the program and enters the weekend with a perfect 18-0 record to receive the No. 1 seed. Carrillo was named the New England Wrestling Association (NEWA) Wrestler of the Week on Feb. 8 for his performance in a quad meet at SUNY Oneonta, which included a 13-11 win over then-No. 3 ranked wrestler in the country, Carlo Toribio. Last year, Carrillo finished third overall at the regionals in his first collegiate wrestling season to earn a trip to the NCAA Tournament.

Additionally, Wesleyan's junior class has shined this season as Isaiah Bellamy earned the No. 4 seed at HWT, Dominic Pirraglia holds the No. 6 seed at 174, and Carter Armendarez claimed the No. 6 seed at 149. Bellamy, a co-captain, is 15-5 overall this season at 285, while his fellow captain, Pirraglia, is 19-13 at 174. Armendarez also boasts a winning record and is 14-7 at 149.

The Cardinals' sophomores have performed exceptionally well this year also, as Dylan Jones, James Matias and Roy Forys highlight the group with winning records in their respective weight classes. Jones is 15-14 at 133, Matias is 22-9 at 141, and Forys is 11-5 at 165.

"Our guys have had two weeks to prepare for this great tournament, and the team is feeling good about their process and preparation for a strong showing," said Head Coach Drew Black.

REGIONAL LINE-UP
125) Amir Daouk (15-13)
133) Dylan Jones (15-14)
141) James Matias (22-9)
149) Carter Armendarez (14-7)
157) Robert Rosenberg (9-16)
165) Roy Forys (11-5)
174) Dominic Pirraglia (19-13)
184) Matt Winchester (7-20)
197) Devon Carrillo (18-0)
285) Isaiah Bellamy (15-5)