February 17, 2003


Riley and Lopez Earn Pilgrim Wrestling League Honors


Providence, RIóRhode Island College senior Mike Riley (Lowell, MA) and freshman Carlos Lopez (Lowell, MA) earned Pilgrim Wrestling League honors for their performances last week.


Riley went 4-0 last week leading the Anchormen to their first-ever Pilgrim Wrestling League title. Among his wins, he defeated the #2 ranked wrestler in his weight class, Anthony Montes from Johnson and Wales University. Riley 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).


He is a finance major and a 1997 graduate of Greater Lowell Technical High School.


Lopez also went 4-0 for the Anchormen in their championship week. He 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.


He is an industrial technology major and a 2002 graduate of Greater Lowell Technical High School.


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 Jonesí 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. 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.



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