April 5, 2004

 

Five RIC Grapplers Earn
Pilgrim Wrestling League Honors

 Providence, RIFive members of the Rhode Island College wrestling team were named All-Stars by the Pilgrim Wrestling League.

 

Junior Justin Deveau (North Attleboro, MA) was named a First Team All-Star. Deveau was one of two N.E. Wild-Cards to compete at the NCAA Div. III Championships, which were hosted by Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa on Mar. 6-7. Deveau went 1-2 at the NCAA Championships. Both of his losses were to eventual All-Americans.

 

 

 

Deveau earned All-New England honors, placing second at 285 lbs. at the NECCWA Championships. Deveau has earned All-New England honors in each of his three seasons as an Anchorman. He was 39-6 at 285 lbs. with 161 points, 57 takedowns, ten reversals, 42 escapes, 15 near-falls and five pins. His 39 wins is a new school record for a single season.

 

 

 

Freshman Mike Bonora (Nutley, NJ) was named a First Team All-Star. Bonora earned All-New England honors, placing fifth at 141 lbs. Bonora went 3-2 at the NECCWA Championships. For the season, he was 22-9 at 141 lbs. with 82 points, 100 takedowns, 12 reversals, 42 escapes, 12 near-falls and two pins.

 

 

 

Sophomore Todd Bloom (Wantagh, NY) was named a First Team All-Star. For the season, he was 25-16 at 133 lbs. with 113 points, 61 takedowns, 11 reversals, 34 escapes, 20 near-falls and seven pins.

 

 

 

Junior Dave Paquette (Ledyard, CT) was named a First Team All-Star. For the season, he was 12-10 at 157 lbs. with 53 points, 34 takedowns, nine reversals, 25 escapes, seven near-falls and four pins.

 

 

 

Junior Keith Nelson (Rhinebeck, NY) was named a Second Team All-Star. He earned All-New England honors, placing sixth at 174 lbs. Nelson went 3-3 at the NECCWA Championships. For the season, he was 36-16 at 174 lbs. with 142 points, 80 takedowns, six reversals, 57 escapes, 22 near-falls and nine pins.

 

 

 

TEAM NOTES

 

Head Coach Jay Jones’ team closed out the 2003-04 season with a seventh-place tie (15 teams), and had four grapplers earn All-New England honors at the 2004 New England College Conference Wrestling Association (NECCWA) Championships, hosted by WPI, on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 21-22.

 

 

 

The Rhode Island College wrestling team posted a 16-8 overall record and was 11-5 in the NECCWA. RIC captured its second consecutive Pilgrim Wrestling League title, posting a perfect 6-0 mark on the season. The Anchormen went undefeated with a 6-0 record in 2002-03 as well. RIC has won 13 consecutive Pilgrim League matches.

 

 

 

In addition, RIC's 16 regular season victories are the most since the 1991-92 team won 18 and the Anchormen established a new school record with a team total of 69 pins, 19 more than 2001-02 squad.

 

 

 

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