Johnson and Wales University Wildcats (Northeast Region)
Head Coach: Lonnie Morris (16th year)
Associate Head Coach: Brian Allen (14th year)
Career Record at school: 216-106-4
Assistant Coaches: James Gilbert (11th year), Kyle Kanaga (2nd year)
Facebook: Johnson and Wales University Wrestling
2011-2012 Dual Meet Record: 17-4
Returning Qualifiers and All-Americans: Colin Lenhardt (NQ 2010 at 174), Bill Mulligan (AA 8th 2011 at 197)
Top returning starters:
133 Joe Pronk (SR): 23 wins at 125, 4th@ NEWA Conferences
141 Michael Ferinde (SO): 22 wins at 141
157 Matt Ross (SO): 18-7, before season ending injury
165 Frank Marotti (SO): 23-5, 4th @ NEWA Conferences
174 Sean Prell (SO): 22 wins, 2nd @ NEWA Conferences
184 Connor Nelson (SR): 24 wins, 5th @ NEWA Conferences
197 Blake McNulty (SR): 6th @ NEWA Conferences
285 Humphrey Swift (SR): 22 wins, 3x Conference placer
Top incoming wrestlers:
125 Nick Francavilla (High Point,NJ): Transfer – Nassau CC; 4x District champ, 4x Region Champ, 3x NJ State Champ
125 Adit Thakur (NYACK, NY): 2x division champ, County Champ, 2x Sectional Finalist
133 Nick Ligouri (Raritan,NJ): 2x District Champ, Region Champ, 4th in NJ States
133 Justin Colon (Belleville,NJ): 3x District Champ, 3x Region Champ, 6th NJ States
141 Anthony Pompei (West Essex,NJ): NJ State Qualifier
141 Andrew Colamussi (Huntington,NY) Transfer – Boston University
149 Everet Desilets (Cranston West,RI): 4x RI State Finalist 2x Champ, 3x New England placer 1x Champ.
149 Joseph Gaccione (High Point,NJ) Transfer – NC State; 4x District Champ, 4x Region Champ, 3rd in NJ States
157 Stephen Jarrell (East Greenwich,RI): 3x State Finalist 2X Champ, 3rd in New England.
157 Michael DeLouisa (Westfield,NJ): All-County
157 Desmond Towns (Morristown,NJ) 2x District Champ, 2x Regional placer, 2x NJ State Qualifier
165 Keith Lemongello (Pequannock,NJ): 3x District Champ, Regional Champ, 4th in NJ States.
165 John Lewis (Barington,RI): 2x RI State Placer
174 Ken Dougherty (Toms River,NJ): Transfer – Middlesex CC: National Qualifier
174 Dylen Seybolt (Longwood,NY): County Champ, 3rd in NY States
184 Mike Labell (Lenape Valley,NJ): Transfer-Bloomsburg: 2x District Champ, Regional Finalist, NJ State Qualifier.
285 Alexander Colon (Woburn,MA): MA State Placer
For the first time in 10 years the Wildcats failed to send a wrestler to the NCAA National Championships and broke a 6 year streak of returning home with an All-American. That being said, the Wildcats will return 8 starters, 7 of them Conference place finisher from last year. They will also see Colin Lenhardt a 2010 National Qualifier (Granted Hardship Wavier- Before Injury Lenhardt was 16-2 with 12 falls) return and move up to 184 lbs. and 2011 All-American Bill Mulligan makes his return at 197 lbs. by January. The incoming recruiting class should make earning a starting spot for JWU very interesting. The Wildcats will see big changes in their lineup this year, especially in changing of weight classes. The 125 lbs. Conference placer Joe Pronk will move up to 133 lbs. The biggest moves will come in the upper weights where, Colin Lenhardt will move into the 184 lbs slot. This will cause a push down effect by mid season. The 184 lbs. Conference placer Connor Nelson will move down to 174 lbs. Conference Finalist Sean Prell will move down to 165 lbs. Conference placer Frank Marotti will move down to 157 lbs. Incoming Freshman and Transfers will be looking to shock some potenial starters by mid-year, so JWU line up may look very different by years end.