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Bellamy Leads the Country in Pins, Carrillo Ranks Fifth in Division III

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

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – Isaiah Bellamy '18 and Devon Carrillo '17E of the Wesleyan University wrestling team are enjoying incredible seasons with a combined 48-1 record thus far. Additionally, Bellamy leads the country—in all divisions—with 16 pins while Carrillo ranks fifth in Division III with 13.

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Bellamy and Carrillo, both Connecticut natives, are highlighting an impressive season for Wesleyan wrestling as the Cardinals ranked as high as No. 18 in the country this year. The team is currently 6-6 overall in dual matches.

Bellamy, from Bozrah, Conn., is the No. 3 ranked heavyweight in Division III with a perfect 24-0 record. He has 16 pins this season in an incredible time of 36:17. The top Division I wrestlers—Jason Nolf and Zain Retherford of Penn State—each have 15 pins with times of 41:53 and 46:26, respectively, while Mason Thompson of Central Oklahoma leads Division II with 12 pins in 30:40.

"Isaiah has worked extremely hard and developed himself into a top HWT in the country," said head coach Drew Black. "Isaiah is strong, athletic, and very technical for a big man. He is consistent, coachable, and is really peaking on the mat as a senior. This is Isaiah's time to go out each time on the mat, open up, score points and then the big pins come to him."

Additionally, Bellamy was most recently named to the New England Wrestling Association (NEWA) All-Tournament Team for his performance last weekend at the 2018 NEWA Duals. He was also named the NEWA Co-Wrestler of the Week on Dec. 7 in which he went 4-0 at the RIT Invitational, including a pin in 4:17 against two-time All-American and then-No. 3 James Bethel of SUNY Oneonta. Bellamy was named the tournament's most outstanding wrestler.

Carrillo, a Middletown native, is a two-time NCAA Tournament qualifier. He returned to the program this season for a third-year and is currently the fifth-ranked wrestler in the country at 197. Carrillo boasts an incredible 24-1 overall record and is fifth in Division III with 13 pins in a time of 21:37.

The Cardinals return to the mats tomorrow, Jan. 27 and will host Springfield College at 6:30 p.m.