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Carrillo Records Three Pins as Wrestling Goes 2-1

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

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – Devon Carrillo '17E was a perfect 3-0 on the day with three pins to lead the Wesleyan University wrestling team Saturday afternoon as the Cardinals went 2-1 in a quad-match at Silloway Gymnasium. Wesleyan began the day with a 26-14 win over archrival Williams College. After a 36-9 loss to No. 3 Ithaca College, the Cardinals responded by edging SUNY Oneonta, 22-20.

Wesleyan is now 9-7 overall in dual matches this season. The Ephs went 0-3 on the day and are now 6-10 on the year, while Ithaca improved to 12-2 with three wins and Oneonta fell to 11-4 after going 1-2.

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Wesleyan trailed 14-7 against the Ephs but rallied for its third-straight win over its archrival. Senior captain Dominic Pirraglia claimed a 14-2 major decision at 174 and Simon Chee '21 picked up a hard-fought 7-3 decision at 184 to even the score. Carrillo then pinned Chris Washington in 3:29 at 197 to essentially seal the victory as Williams forfeited the heavyweight match.
  • Carter Armendarez '18 and Carrillo picked up the Cardinals' lone wins against No. 3 Ithaca as Armendarez claimed a 2-0 decision at 149 and Carrillo took down Dalton Elias in 1:23. Isaiah Bellamy '18 saw his perfect season come to an end as he lost to Jake O'Brien—the No. 5 HWT in the country—to a 3-2 decision.
  • The Cardinals wrapped up the day with a thrilling 22-20 win over Oneonta. Zack Murillo '19 started things off with a 16-5 major decision at 125. Armendarez, Ed Pierce '18, and Pirraglia each picked up their second wins on the day to finish 2-1 overall. Trailing 17-16, Carrillo picked up a huge win with a pin in 1:23, which essentially won the match. Bellamy dropped his second of the day against James Bethel—the No. 4 HWT in the country—by a 5-1 decision.
  • With three pins on the day, Carrillo ties Bellamy with 17 on the season. Heading into today's action, Bellamy's 17 pins ranked the most in the country, in all divisions.
  • Carrillo also improved to 28-1 overall on the year. Bellamy is now 26-2.

BEYOND THE RESULTS:

  • With the win over Williams, Wesleyan Head Coach Drew Black won his 200th career dual match victory as head coach.
  • He is the winningest coach in Wesleyan wrestling history.

UP NEXT:

  • The Cardinals return to the mat Sunday, Feb. 11 with another quad-match in Silloway Gymnasium. Wesleyan will host Norwich, AIC, and Brockport beginning at 12 p.m.