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Bellamy and Carrillo Earn All-America Honors at NCAA Championships; Bellamy Places Third at 285

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CLEVELAND, Ohio – Senior Isaiah Bellamy took third-place at 285 and graduate student Devon Carrillo claimed eighth at 197 as the Wesleyan University wrestling team finished 18th overall at the 2018 NCAA Division III Wrestling Championships at the Cleveland Public Auditorium. By placing in the top-eight, both wrestlers earned All-America status to mark the first time in program history that the Cardinals had two All-Americans in the same year. Bellamy's third-place finish is also the highest all-time at the national tournament by a Wesleyan wrestler.

Additionally, Bellamy received the NCAA award for "Most Falls" as the senior led the country--in all divisions--with 24 totals pins. Carrillo finished third in falls with 22. The dynamic duo led the country in pins for the majority of the season.

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Bellamy capped off a terrific senior season by going 6-1 overall at the national tournament on Friday and Saturday.
  • In the preliminary round, which is randomly drawn, the No. 4 seed pinned Connor Calkins of RIT in 2:13 and then defeated Aleveno Matthews of Ferrum by a 3-0 decision to advance to the quarterfinals.
  • Bellamy would then face the No. 5 seed, Jake Evans of Waynesburg, where he'd lose by decision, 3-1. Evans is 49-3 overall and upset top-seeded Lance Evans of Wartburg to reach the finals.
  • Following the loss, Bellamy dropped into the consolation bracket where he excelled. After a 4-1 decision over Jonah Aurelio of Johnson & Wales, he then pinned Tyler Ortmann of Cornell College in 1:43. In the consolation semifinals, Bellamy won by a 7-1 decision over No. 3 seed Jake O'Brien of Ithaca.
  • Bellamy advanced to face Evans of Wartburg in the third-place match and the senior pinned the top-seeded heavyweight in 4:34. It marked his third pin of the national tournament as he capped of the year with an impressive 24 pins and a 38-3 overall record.
  • Carrillo, seeded fifth at 197 and competing in his third NCAA Tournament, defeated Dylan Diebitz of Wisconsin-Stevens Point by a 12-2 major decision. However, he was edged by fourth-seeded Etiini Udott of Centenary by a 3-2 decision in the quarterfinals to drop into the consolation bracket.
  • In Round Two of the consolation, Carrillo edged No. 3 seed Kyle Koser of Messiah by decision, 3-2, but fell by a 7-5 decision the next round to Andrew Holladay of Coe to fall into the seventh-place match where he would meet Diebitz once again. This time, Diebitz came away victorious by claiming a 3-1 decision as Carrillo finished eighth overall after posting a 2-3 record to finish 37-5 on the year with an incredible 22 pins.
  • Fellow senior captain Dominic Pirraglia also competed at the national tournament for the first time in his career and entered the postseason unseeded in the 174-pound bracket. He went 0-2 with a first round loss to Darden Schrug of Wabash by pin and a loss to Joe Sindoni of York by an 8-5 decision. Pirraglia ended the year with a 23-12 record.