Wrestling’s LaFragola Prepared for NCAA Championships

Wrestling’s LaFragola Prepared for NCAA Championships

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Sophomore 184-pounder CJ LaFragola will represent Brown University wrestling at the 2017 NCAA Championships from Thursday to Saturday at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Mo., as he makes his debut at the national tournament. 

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A native of Little Egg Harbor, N.J., LaFragola will make his debut at the NCAA Championships and will face No. 16 seed Jordan Ellingwood (26-8) of Central Michigan in the round of 32. The winner of that match-up will square off with the winner of No. 1 seed Gabriel Dean (30-0) of Cornell and Michael Coleman (21-6) of Navy in the round of 16 while the losers will proceed to the wrestlebacks.

LaFragola took a major step forward in his second season, tying for first on the team in dual wins (11) and ranking second for the Bears in total wins (24), dual EIWA wins (nine), and dual points (35).

A product of St. Joseph High School, LaFragola won his weight class at the Franklin & Marshall Open and closed the regular season with wins in each of his last six bouts and 11 of his last 13 matches. 

In its program history, Brown has garnered four All-Americans – J. Dana Eastham in 1953, Willie Carpenter in 1996, Tivon Abel in 1998, and Ophir Bernstein in 2014. 

LaFragola carries three wins over two wrestlers in the NCAA field. He has defeated Joe Heyob of Penn twice and also holds a victory over Michael Fagg-Daves of Rider. He was also within a takedown of tying a trio of NCAA wrestlers in Binghamton's Steven Schneider (twice), Bucknell's Garrett Hoffman, and Drexel's Alexander DeCiantis. LaFragola notched a 21-4 record against opponents not competing in the NCAA Championships.

CJ LaFragola (3-9)
Lost to Steven Schneider (Binghamton), Dec. 5-3, on Nov. 13
Lost to Nathan Jackson (Indiana), TF 20-2, on Nov. 19
Lost to Garrett Hoffman (Bucknell), Dec. 6-4, on Nov. 19
Lost to Michael Macchiavello (NC State), Fall 2:01, on Dec. 4
Lost to Mitch Sliga (Northwestern), Dec. 9-6, on Dec. 29
Beat Joe Heyob (Penn), Medical Forfeit, on Jan. 7
Lost to Dakota Geer (Edinboro), MD 14-1, on Jan. 14
Beat Michale Fagg-Daves (Rider), Dec. 9-5, on Jan. 14
Lost to Steven Schneider (Binghamton), Dec. 2-0, on Jan. 27
Lost to Gabriel Dean (Cornell), Fall 1:41, on Jan. 28
Beat Joe Heyob (Penn), Dec. 3-2, on Feb. 4
Lost to Alexander DeCiantis (Drexel), Dec. 3-1, on Mar. 3

LaFragola and freshman Jimmy Pawelski (Park Ridge, Ill.) both earned Second Team All-Ivy honors while sophomore Jon Viruet (Springfield, Mass.) and freshman Trey Keeley (Washington, Ill.) both took home Honorable Mention All-Ivy, the Ivy League announced on Tuesday. LaFragola and Viruet each went 4-1 in Ivy duals. 

ESPN will provide live coverage of every match for the fourth straight year with views of all eight mats available via ESPN3. ESPN will broadcast the evening sessions while ESPNU will carry coverage of the morning sessions.

Television Schedule
Day Date Time (ET) Session Network
Thu. Mar. 16 Noon-3:30 p.m. First Round ESPNU
7:00-10:30 p.m. Second Round ESPN
Fri. Mar. 17 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Third Round - Quarterfinals ESPNU
    8:00-11:00 p.m. Fourth Round - Semifinals ESPN
Sat. Mar. 18 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Fifth Session - Medal Round ESPNU
    8:00-11:00 p.m. Sixth Session - Champ. Finals ESPN
ESPN3 Schedule
Day Date Time (ET) Session No. of Mats
Thu. Mar. 16 Noon-3:30 p.m. First Session Eight
7:00-10:30 p.m. Second Session Eight
Fri Mar. 17 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Third Session - Quarterfinals Eight
    8:00-11:00 p.m. Fourth Session - Semifinals Six
Sat. Mar. 18 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Fifth Session - Medal Round Three
    8:00-11:00 p.m. "Off the Mat" - Champ. Finals One