February 17, 2003


Rhode Island College Wrestling Update #9

(14-10 Overall; 9-6 in the NECCWA; 6-0 in the Pilgrim League)

2003 Pilgrim Wrestling League Champions

Providence, RI—The Rhode Island College wrestling team captured their first-ever Pilgrim Wrestling League title by sweeping a tri-meet at Johnson and Wales University on Tuesday, Feb. 11. Head Coach Jay Jones’ team won their opening match vs. Coast Guard, 28-12, and defeated the Wildcats, 26-18.


The Anchormen are currently ranked ninth in New England among all institutions and fifth among Div. III programs.


RIC then topped Bridgewater State, 23-12, on Feb. 15 to finish the season undefeated in the Pilgrim League. The Anchormen dropped a match to Trinity, the top-ranked team in New England, on Feb. 15, 29-8. The Anchormen are 14-10 overall, 9-6 in the NECCWA and 6-0 in the Pilgrim League.


RIC is gearing up for the 2003 New England College Conference Wrestling Association Championships (NECCWA), which will be hosted by Roger Williams University, on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 22-23.


Senior Mike Riley (Lowell, MA) is 26-3 at 133 lbs. with 107 points, 116 takedowns, five reversals, 29 escapes, 15 near-falls and one pin. Riley has won his last nine matches and is ranked number one in New England at 133 lbs. (Div. III). He placed first at 133 lbs. at the Roger Williams Invitational (11/16) and second at the Doug Parker Invitational (11/23).


Sophomore Justin Deveau (North Attleboro, MA) is 29-4 at 197 lbs. with 129 points, 45 takedowns, seven reversals, 25 escapes, 17 near-falls and eight pins. Deveau is ranked number one in New England at 197 lbs. (Div. III). Deveau is currently riding an 18-match win streak. He placed first at 197 lbs. at the Doug Parker Invitational (11/23) and third at the Roger Williams Invitational (11/16).


Freshman Carlos Lopez (Lowell, MA) is 28-11 at 157 lbs. with 111 points, 81 takedowns, two reversals, 34 escapes, eight near-falls and four pins. Lopez has won his last eight matches.


Sophomore Keith Nelson (Rhinebeck, NY) is 25-16 at 174 lbs. with 96 points, 52 takedowns, nine reversals, 57 escapes, 16 near-falls and five pins. He placed third at 165 lbs. at the Doug Parker Invitational (11/23) and fifth at the Roger Williams Invitational (11/16).


Sophomore Matt Kelly (Carver, MA) is 22-14 at 141 lbs. with 100 points, 28 takedowns, five reversals, 25 escapes, 14 near-falls and ten pins. He placed fourth at 141 lbs. at the Doug Parker Invitational (11/23).


Senior Mike Penza (Cranston, RI) is 6-15 at 149 lbs. with 27 points, eight takedowns, 24 escapes and two pins.


Sophomore Eddy German (Providence, RI) 16-19 at 125 lbs. with 80 points, 49 takedowns, three reversals, 27 escapes, six near falls and two pins.


Freshman Dennis Stone (Danbury, CT) is 4-9 at 165 lbs. with 18 points, 15 takedowns, three reversals, ten escapes, four near-falls and two pins.


Freshman Arty Privedenyuk (Springfield, MA) is 7-10 at 157 lbs. with 28 points, eight takedowns, 12 reversals, 18 escapes, 13 near-falls and two pins.


Sophomore Gerard LaBonte (Harrisville, RI) is 7-12 at 174 lbs. with 29 points, 12 takedowns, three reversals, 21 escapes, eight near-falls and two pins.


Sophomore Ryan Klupt (North Providence, RI) is 4-18 at 184 lbs. with 12 points, ten takedowns, four reversals, 17 escapes and one near-fall.


Freshman B.J. Atkinson (Danbury, CT) is 4-11 at 285 lbs. with 21 points, seven takedowns, one reversal, nine escapes, three near-falls and three pins.


Freshman Richard Chute (Wrentham, MA) is 6-7 at 133 lbs. with 25 points, 16 takedowns, seven reversals, 14 escapes and three near-falls.


Freshman Andrew Algarin (Leominster, MA) is 5-5 at 285 lbs. with 24 points, five takedowns, three escapes and three pins.


Sophomore Tim Robblee (Wakefield, MA) is 8-10 at 157 lbs. with 39 points, 14 takedowns, four reversals, 20 escapes, three near-falls and five pins.


Sophomore Andre LaBonte (Harrisville, RI) is 3-8 at 197 lbs. with nine points, six takedowns, three reversals, 17 escapes and three near-falls.


Junior Steve Signore (North Providence, RI) is 2-11 at 184 lbs. with seven points, 21 takedowns, 21 escapes and two near-falls.


Freshman Todd Bloom (Wantagh, NY) is 6-10 at 141 lbs. with 21 points, 15 takedowns, one reversal, 10 escapes, four near-falls and one pin.


Junior Giovanni Calise (Hope, RI) is 1-1 at 285 lbs. with six points.


Freshman Vito Tedesco (Johnston, RI) is 2-5 at 149 lbs. with six points, four takedowns, three reversals, five escapes and two near-falls.


Sophomore Amos Traystman (Oakdale, CT) is 1-2 at 141 lbs. with three points, one takedown, and two escapes.


Freshman James Bradford (Johnston, RI) is 0-4 at 125 lbs. with one takedown, and seven escapes.


Sophomore Rob Petit (Foxboro, MA) is 0-3 at 165 lbs. with three escapes and one near-fall.


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