2021-2022 Johnson & Wales Preview

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Team: Johnson & Wales University
Head Coach: Lonnie Morris
Years at School as Head Coach: 25
Career Record at Current School: 373-146-4
Assistant Coaches: Brian Allen (23rd year), James Gilbert (20th year) Steven Keith (3rd year)

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Returning NCAA Qualifiers, NCAA All-Americans, and NWCA Placewinners:
Hayden Brown (All-American)
Darius Joyce (All-American)
Michael Ross (All-American)
Tommy Wrzesien (All-American)

Top Returning Starters:
125 Justin Lopez (3rd at D3 and 4th NE Region 2020)
133 Nicholas DeSola (4th at D3)
141 Hayden Brown (1st at D3 and 1st NE Region 2020)
149 Gabriel McDaniel (3rd at D3, Ithaca Champion 2019)
157 William Hughes (3rd at D3)
157 Darius Joyce (4th at D3 and 2nd NE Region 2020)
165 Steven Ocampo (5th at D3)
174 Michael Ross (1st at D3, 2018 AA)
197 Tommy Wrzesien (4th at D3, 2nd NE Region 2020)
285 Liridon Leka (5th at D3 over 30 Wins in 2020)

Top Incoming Wrestlers:
Christopher Gomez 133 RI Freshman Cranston West HS 3x State placer
Zachary Weiner 141 NJ Freshman Spotswood HS Region Placer
Carson Barry 149 NJ Freshman West Essex HS State Qualifier
D’ante Silva 157 RI Freshman Hendricken HS 3rd state
Dominic Pugliese 174 IN Freshman Tri-West HS State Qualifier
Dylan Harr 184 PA Freshman Governor Mifflin HS 6th in State
Vincent Ceglie 197 NJ Freshman Lacey HS 6th in State
Cameron Bailey Hwt. RI Freshman Hendricken HS State Champ
Scott Defex 165 NY Sophomore Long Beach HS
Robert Garcia 184 NJ Transfer Oregon St (Pope John HS) State Champ

Season Outlook:
The 2021-2022 season could not get here soon enough, as the Wildcats are eager to return to action after missing last season. With a loaded group of upper classman and several key pieces added to the puzzle, they will make a run at their 5th straight NEWA Championship, 5th Northeast Regional Title, and a National Title in Cedar Rapids.

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