MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – Several members of the Wesleyan University wrestling team earned postseason awards this week as the New England Wrestling Association (NEWA) announced its end-of-the-year laurels. Highlighting the list for the Cardinals on the mat were All-NEWA selections Devon Carrillo '17 and Carter Armendarez '18, while Isaiah Bellamy '18, Dominic Pirraglia '18, Dylan Jones '19 and James Matias '19 were named Honorable Mention. Bellamy was also named a 2016-17 Scholar All-American, while the Cardinals as a team were honored with a NWCA Division III Scholar Team Award.
Carrillo, a second team selection a year ago, received First Team All-NEWA laurels for his impressive senior season in which he qualified for the NCAA Division III Championships at 197. A dual-sport athlete, Carrillo excelled in two seasons with the wrestling program and advanced to the national tournament both years. In 2016-17, he finished as runner-up at the NCAA Northeast Regional Championships and earned a first round pin at nationals. He capped off his campaign with an incredible 22-3 overall record.
Armendarez earned his first All-NEWA selection of his career as he was named to the second team after a strong junior season at 149. The California native, seeded sixth at regionals, took home third-place with a 4-1 overall record to qualify for the NCAA Championships. At the national tournament, he upset the No. 5 seed in the first round with an 8-3 decision. Armendarez finished the year with a 19-10 mark.
Additionally, four Cardinals were named Honorable Mention; Jones at 133, Matias at 141, Pirraglia at 174 and Bellamy at 285.
Matias, a 2015-16 All-NEWA Rookie Team selection, earned his second consecutive Honorable Mention after posting a 23-11 record as a sophomore. Jones, who was also named to the All-Rookie Team a year ago, finished his season with an 18-16 overall mark, including a 3-2 record at regionals. Junior co-captains Bellamy and Pirraglia each finished sixth overall at regionals and finished with 18-7 and 22-15 records, respectively.
In the classroom, the Cardinals posted the third highest team grade-point average in New England and 15th overall with a 3.23 GPA. Bellamy, an Economics major, received Scholar All-America laurels and was also named to the Academic All-NEWA Team along with 10 others. Joining Bellamy on the list were Amir Daouk '20 (125), Zack Murillo '19 (125), Tristan Stetson '20 (133), Jones, Shane Ross '19 (141), Armendarez, Robert Rosenberg '17 (157), Roy Forys '19 (165), Aaron Cranston '20 (165) and Matt Winchester '18 (184).
Wesleyan finished the season with a 9-7 overall dual-match record, while closing out the 2016-17 campaign with five straight wins.