2019-2020 Johnson & Wales Preview

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Team: Johnson & Wales University
Head Coach: Lonnie Morris
Years at School as Head Coach: 23
Career Record at Current School: 349-140-4
Assistant Coaches: Brian Allen (Associate Head Coach 21 years), James Gilbert (18 years) Joe Pronk, Steven Jarrell, Jay Albis, Tommy Grippi, Jonah Aurelio

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2018-2019 Dual Meet Record: 23-4

2019 NCAA Qualifiers: Jay Albis (125, 1st) Bobby Jordan (133, 3rd), Joe Ferinde (141), Damani Burns (149), Adrian Gonzalez (165), Mike Gargano (174), Khamri Thomas (184, 3rd), Mike Dinardo (197), Tommy Wrzesien (285)

Returning NCAA Qualifiers: Burns, DiNardo, Wrzesien

Top Returning Starters:
Damani Burns Northeast Region Runner up, NCAA Qualifier
Mike Dinardo, 2x Northeast Region Runner up, 2x NCAA Qualifier
Tommy Wrzesien Northeast Region 3rd, NCAA Qualifier

Top Incoming Wrestlers:
Justin Lopez- 2x NY All State(Transfer from Penn State)
Hayden Brown- 4x State Champ 2x Prep All American
Christian Rivas- NHSCA Senior All-American, MA State Champion
Victor Perlleshi- 3x Section Champ, NY State Finalist, Eastern States Finalist
Kyle Althenn- 2x state qualifier, 3rd place NY state
Gabriel Degraffinreed- Conference champ, DE State finalist
Christian Murphy- 3x District Champion, 3x State Qualifier, 2018 Region 6 Champion, 7th @ 182 in NJ Senior Year, FloNationals All-American Junior Year (8th), NHSCA All American Senior Year (7th)
Joseph Gannone- 4X All League 2X League Champ 3X All Section XI Suffolk County New York State Runner Up
Freddy Eckles- 2x New York State qualifier, New York State finalist, nhsca Virginia Beach 4x all American and finalist. JUCO All American 2019
Giovanni Santiago- 2015 NJCAA All American 2x NY state qualifier 2x section XI champion

Season Outlook:
After graduating seven out of ten members of JWU’s starting line up, JWU will rely on a heavy freshman/transfer class as well as their returning stars who have been waiting their turn to break the line up! Coach Morris and Coach Allen are coming off a third place finish at NCAA’s as well as winning both Coach and Assistant Coaches of the year.

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