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Murillo Qualifies for NCAA Championships; Four Others Place as Wesleyan Finishes 11th at Regionals

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

-- Recap by Dom Vazquez '19 --

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Senior Zack Murillo of the Wesleyan wrestling team continued his sensational season this past weekend at the NCAA Northeast Regional Championships, taking second place in the 125-pound weight class. As a result, Murillo will make his first appearance at the NCAA Division III National Championships in two weeks in Roanoke, Virginia. Sophomore Simon Chee was the next highest finishing Cardinal, taking fifth in the 197-pound weight class, helping to push Wesleyan to an 11th-place finish in the 17-team field.

Host team Johnson and Wales won the Regional Tournament with 187.0 points, followed by Coast Guard with 120.0 and Roger Williams with 117.0. WPI and Castleton would round out the top five teams, with team scores of 84.5 and 83.5, respectively. 

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • In the 125-pound weight class, Murillo started strong with a major decision in the first round followed by a much closer 4-2 sudden death decision win. His semi-final win came against a familiar opponent, Peter Del Gallo of Southern Maine (the seventh-ranked wrestler in the country), by a 2-1 decision. In the final match, Murillo lost a 5-3 decision in another sudden death overtime against the number one wrestler in the country - the returning National Champion, Jay Albis of Johnson & Wales University - for the second-place finish and a spot at the National Championship.
  • Tristan Stetson '20 wrestled in the 133-pound bracket and won his first match by a major decision. Stetson would lose in the second round by a 9-4 decision and moved to the consolation bracket, where he would win his third match by a 10-4 decision. Stetson would fail to advance past the consolation quarterfinals, falling 5-2. However, in the seventh-place bout, Stetson would win 3-1 in sudden death overtime.
  • At 149 pounds, senior Shane Ross won via decision in his first match but fell 4-1 in his second. In the consolation bracket, Ross would get a quick first period pin in his first match but lost 3-1 in the quarterfinals. In the seventh-place match, Ross would lose by major decision to finish in eighth.
  • Roy Forys '20 competed at 165 pounds, winning his first match by forfeit, but unfortunately suffered an injury in his second match. Forys was unable to compete for the remainder of the tournament.
  • At 197 pounds, Chee dominated his first few matches, winning the first by decision and the second by pin in 44 seconds. Chee would fall 5-2 in the semifinals, and then lose 8-4 in the consolation semis. In the fifth-place bout, Chee dominated for a 6-1 victory and became Wesleyan'ssecond-highest finisher.
  • Despite a first-round defeat, heavyweight sophomore Harrison Karp secured two straight victories in the consolation bracket to reach the quarterfinals but would lose both that match and the following seventh-place bout by pin, finishing in eighth place.

UP NEXT:

  • Murillo will compete in the NCAA Division III National Championships in Roanoke, Virginia on March 8-9 with action starting at 11:00 a.m.