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Bellamy, Carrillo Advance to Quarterfinals of NCAA Tournament

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

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Senior Isaiah Bellamy and graduate student Devon Carrillo of the Wesleyan University wrestling team have advanced to the quarterfinals of the 2018 NCAA Division III Wrestling Championships, while senior Dominic Pirraglia has been eliminated from the postseason. Bellamy, who went 2-0 earlier in the day, and Carrillo, who won his lone afternoon match, will compete in the quarterfinals at 6 p.m. in the Cleveland Public Auditorium in Cleveland, Ohio.


  • Bellamy (285) competed in a pigtail match in the Round of 32, which is randomly drawn.
  • The senior pinned Connor Calkins of RIT in 2:13 to bring his season total to 22 pins. Calkins was 12-4 on the season and third in the Mideast Region. Bellamy secured a fireman's carry takedown to put Calkins on his back and finished the match with a pin.
  • He advanced to face Aliv Mathews of Ferrum, and won by a 3-0 decision. After a scoreless first period, Bellamy chose bottom and got a one-point escape right away. Up 1-0 in the third, Mathews chose bottom and Bellamy earned one point for riding time and another point on Mathews being hit for stalling twice. Mathews was No. 2 in the Southeast Region and owned a 15-8 record.
  • Bellamy, seeded fourth, will face the No. 5 seed Jake Evans from Waynesburg in Session II.
  • Carrillo (197), competing in his third NCAA Tournament, defeated Dylan Diebitz of Wisconsin-Stevens Point by major decision, 12-2. He secured a first-period takedown and finished the period on top with 1:26 riding time. Diebitz chose bottom and Carrillo turned him for two more points in a wrist tilt to go up 4-1. After Diebitz escaped to make it 4-2, Carrillo chose bottom in the third period and escaped right away to make it 5-2. He then added another takedown to go up 7-2 and finished with another turn for four points while almost pinning Diebitz at the end of the period. With the one-point for riding time, fifth-seeded Carrillo won the match 12-2 and advances to face fourth-seeded Etiini Udott of Centenary tonight in Session II. Diebitz was No. 2 in the Upper Midwest Region.
  • Pirraglia (174) was 0-2 on the day in his first NCAA Tournament. He lost his opening round match to the No. 4 seed, Darden Schrug of Wabash, by pin. Schrug is 36-2 on the season and second in the Central Region.
  • Pirraglia then wrestled Joe Sindoni of York, who was third in the Southeast Region and lost by decision, 8-5.