PROVIDENCE, R.I . – Johnson & Wales, ranked third nationally, won the first three matches jumping out to a 16-0 lead and held off #25 Coast Guard 22-15 in the opening dual meet of the season for the Bears.
Each team would win five matches, but all five Coast Guard wins were decisions.
The Wildcats won the first three matches (a pin at 125, a forfeit at 133 and a major decision at 141) to jump out to a 16-0 lead and Coast Guard would not recover.
Matt McGowan, ranked fourth in New England at 149 pounds, recorded an 11-6 upset decision over Da'mani Burns, the #2 wrestler in the nation, to put the Bears on the board trailing 16-3.
Christian Gosch (ranked 4th in NE) would follow with an 8-3 decision at 157 pounds to cut the deficit to 16-6.
All-American Nick Remke, ranked eighth nationally at 165 pounds, then won a 5-2 decision to make the score 16-9.
AJ Aeberli, the top ranked wrestler in New England at 174 pounds and seventh nationally beat Mike Gargano (4th in the region) winning a 5-0 decision as the Bears made it 16-12.
At 184 pounds, JWU All-American Khamari Thomas, ranked third nationally, earned a 3-1 overtime win over Paul Detwiler, ranked 10th nationally, to make the score 19-12.
The 197 pound match featured the top two wrestlers in New England and top-ranked Michael DiNardo beat second-ranked Jon Wagner of Coast Guard 5-4 to clinch the win for the Wildcats taking a 22-12 lead.
In the final match of the night, Patrick Irwin, ranked fourth in the region won 7-5 in OT over Leka Liriidon (#8 in NE).
The Bears are back in action tomorrow morning at 11:00 against Castleton at WPI.
#3 Johnson & Wales 22, #25 Coast Guard Academy 15 JWU-CGA
125 #2 Jay Albis (JWU) def. Parker Brunkala (CGA) Pin 5:51 6-0
133 Bobby Jordan (JWU) wins by forfeit 12-0
141 #7 Joe Ferinde (JWU) JD Fitzpatrick (CGA) Major Decision 19-7 16-0
149 Matt McGowan (GCA) def. #2 Da'mani Burns (JWU) Decision 11-6 16-3
157 Christian Gosch def. Thomas Grippi (JWU) Decision 8-3 16-6
165 #8 Nick Remke (CGA) def. Bailey O'Brien (JWU) Decision 5-2 16-9
174 #7 AJ Aeberli (CGA) def. Michael Gargano (JWU) Decision 5-0 16-12
184 #3 Khamri Thomas (JWU) #10 Paul Detwiler (CGA) Dec 3-1 (SV) 19-12
197 #5 Michael DiNardo (JWU) def. Jon Wagner (CGA) Decision 5-4 22-12
285 Patrick Irwin (CGA) def Liridon Leka Dec 7-5 (SV) 22-15