WORCESTER, Mass. – Graduate student Devon Carrillo and senior Isaiah Bellamy of the Wesleyan wrestling team continued their dominance this weekend at the 2018 NCAA Northeast Regional Championships hosted by WPI as the duo claimed the 197-pound and heavyweight titles, respectively, to qualify for the NCAA Division III Championships in Cleveland, Ohio. Additionally, senior Dominic Pirraglia qualified as well by taking third-place in the 174-pound weight class as the trio helped the Cardinals take third overall in the 17-team field.
Carrillo, in his third season wrestling at the collegiate level, will compete in his third NCAA Tournament while Bellamy and Pirraglia qualify for the first times in their careers. Carrillo's regional performance has improved each year—he took third in 2016, second in 2017, and now first in 2018.
Johnson & Wales won the Northeast Regional with 156.5 points followed by WPI with 92.5 and Wesleyan with 91.5. Rounding out the top-five were New York University (89) and the University of Southern Maine (88). NESCAC schools Williams (61.5) and Trinity (28.5) finished eighth and 13th, respectively.
- Carrillo entered the tournament as the top-seed at 197. He went 4-0 this weekend with two pins (22 on the season) in 36 seconds and 28 seconds and defeated Michael DiNardo of Johnson & Wales in the finals by a 7-3 decision. Carrillo ranks No. 7 in the country at 197, while DiNardo ranks No. 8. Today's final was the second meeting between the two this season as Carrillo claimed the previous matchup as well.
- Bellamy also entered the tournament as the top-seed and finished 4-0 at heavyweight with two pins, bringing his total to 21. In the finals, he faced Joe Fusco of Springfield for the fourth time this season and pinned his opponent in 3:40. Bellamy is 4-0 against Fusco this year with three pins.
- Pirraglia placed higher than his No. 4 seeding as he went 4-1 overall this weekend with one pin to claim the bronze.
- Carter Armendarez '18, James Matias '19 and Amir Daouk '20 each placed in the top-six in their respective weight classes.
- Armendarez, who placed third last year to qualify for the NCAA Tournament, finished sixth overall at 149 with a 2-3 record. Matias went 3-2 at 141 to take fourth and Daouk went 3-2 at 125 to place fifth.
- Bellamy, Carrillo and Pirraglia will compete in the 2018 NCAA Division III Wrestling Championships March 9-10 at the Cleveland Public Auditorium in Cleveland, Ohio.