2015-2016 Johnson & Wales Preview

JWU_150px[1]Team: Johnson & Wales University
Head Coach: Lonnie Morris
Years at School as Head Coach: 19
Career Record at Current School: 269-126-4
Assistant Coaches: Brian Allen (17 yrs), James Gilbert (15 yrs), Colin Lenhardt (2 yrs), Joe Pronk (2 yrs), Josh Manu (1st yr)

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2014-2015 Dual Meet Record: 21-8

2015 NCAA Qualifiers: Bobby Jordan (125), Justin Colon (133), Michael Ferinde (141, 8th)

Returning NCAA Qualifiers (any year): Jordan, Colon, Joey Gaccione (149, 2014)

Top Returning Starters:
125 Bobby Jordan NQ 2nd Northeast Region
133 Justin Colon NQ 3rd Northeast Region
141 Michael Stewart (NQ Jr College 2014)
149 Joey Gaccione NQ 2014 3x Northeast Region placer
165 Sean Prell 3x Region Placer
174/184 Stephen Jarrell Region Placer
174/184 Michael Labell Region Placer

Top Incoming Wrestlers:
125 Jay Albis NY State Runner up
133 Joe Ferinde 2x NJ Placer
149 Chris Behen MA state finalist New England Placer
149 Tommy Grippi NY State Placer 2013
165 James Ryan Transfer from RWU
174 Michael Gargano Region Champ NJ
197 Chris Bosco 3rd in Sect. 11 NY
197 Khamri Thomas 3x CT state Champ, New England Champ, 6th @ VA Beach

Season Outlook:
Big goals and expectations in Providence now that long time head coach Lonnie Morris moves over full time. The Wildcats return the core of their lineup but a strong recruiting class will challenge from top to bottom keeping upper class-men on their toes throughout the season. Finishing 2nd in the Northeast region in 2015 has JWU nation hungry for a region championship. With the right commitment and some leadership within the group this could be the year. JWU has had consistent success nationally but is looking for a breakthrough year at the NCAA tournament as seniors Joey Gaccione (Highpoint, NJ) & Justin Colon (Belleville, NJ) will be looking to get on the podium in Cedar Rapids in March.