Apex Wrestling School would like to congratulate our members who have earned All-American Honors at this years NCAA DII, DIII and NJCAA Tournaments.
Apex had two members make their national finals including one championship and one runner-up performance. Three of our wrestlers also repeated as All-Americans at this years championships.
Congratulations to all of our members and former members who have competed in college this year. Keep up the hard work!
NCAA DII National Championships
At this years DII National Championships, 3X NJ State Champion and 4X NJ State Place Finisher, Frank Cagnina successfully defended his NCAA DII National Championship at 149lbs. Cagnina wrestles for Central Missouri and helped his team to the highest finish at the National Championships in the programs history. Cagnina beat No. 5 Nick Goebel (Findlay) in the semifinals by major decision (9-0).
In the finals, Cagnina faced, No. 3 Terrel Wilbourn of Lindenwood. Cagnina dominated most of the match and secured a takedown with short time left to seal with 5-2 win. Cagnina ends his college career with the Mules at 63-3 overall, and 24-1 this season. He has the best career winning percentage in UCM history (.955).
NCAA DIII National Championships
At the DIII National Championships Apex crowned two All-Americans. Senior, 141lber, Mike Ferinde earned his second All-American finish by taking 8th. Mike is just the fourth wrestler in Johnson and Wales history to repeat as All-American. Mike finished 5th at the 2014 NCAA DIII National Championships. He finishes his career as 8th on JWU’s all times win list with 111 career victories.
Also, repeating as an All-American was Zach Zotollo. Zach, the TCNJ Senior, lost a hard fought one point finish in the national finals. Zotollo, who is one of only 17 three-time All-Americans in TCNJ program history. He also had his best finish in his three NCAA tournaments after placing fourth in 2013 and sixth in 2014. This season he went 22-2 and his career mark is 88-30. Zach was one of the original Apex Wrestling School members going back to South Hackensack days. He is the first 3X NCAA All-American in Apex history.
NJCAA National Championships
At the NJCAA National Championships, 3X NJ State Place Finisher and long time Apex Member, Richie Lewis earned his second All-American finish. Richie finished 2nd last year at 157lbs for Iowa Central Community College. This year he was the number one ranked wrestler in the weight class. On route to a major decision Richie was thrown and pinned. However, he came back strong and won 7 straight including a 14-1 major decision over the wrestler who had beaten him earlier in the tournament. Richie plans on announcing soon which Big 10 school he will continue his education and career at.
Congratulations to all of the Apex Wrestling School Members who competed at the NCAA DII, DIII and NJCAA Tournaments.