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February 23, 2004

 

Justin Deveau Qualifies For NCAA Div. III Championships;
Four Grapplers Earn All-New England Honors as
Rhode Island College Wrestling Ties For 7th Place
at 2004 NECCWA Championships

 

(16-8 Overall; 11-5 in the NECCWA; 6-0 in the Pilgrim League)

2004 Pilgrim Wrestling League Champions

Providence, RI--Head Coach Jay Jonesí team took part in the 2004 New England College Conference Wrestling Association (NECCWA) Championships, hosted by WPI, on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 21-22.

 

The Anchormen tied for seventh (15 Teams) with a team score of 59.5. Springfield took home the crown with a team score of 110.5. RIC had four wrestlers earn All-New England status and one grappler qualify for the NCAA Div. III Championships.

 

Junior Justin Deveau (North Attleboro, MA) was selected as one of two N.E. Wild-Cards to compete at NCAA Div. III Championships, to be hosted by Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa on Mar. 6-7. Deveau earned All-New England honors, placing second at 285 lbs.  He went 4-2 at the NECCWA Championships and had his 26-match winning streak stopped by the eventual champion, Mike Blair from Trinity College. Deveau has earned All-New England honors in each of his three seasons as an Anchorman. He is currently 38-4 at 285 lbs. with 158 points, 53 takedowns, ten reversals, 32 escapes, 15 near-falls and five pins.

 

Freshman Olutosin Taylor (Copiague, NY) earned All-New England honors, placing fourth at 197 lbs. Taylor went 4-2 at the NECCWA Championships. For the season, he was 14-8 at 197 lbs. with 63 points, 42 takedowns, seven reversals, 23 escapes, ten near-falls and six pins.

 

Freshman Mike Bonora (Nutley, NJ) 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.

 

Junior Keith Nelson (Rhinebeck, NY) 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.

 

Freshman Ray Hanley (Wantagh, NY) went 2-2 at the NECCWA Championships. For the season, he was 15-22 at 125 lbs. with 66 points, 20 takedowns, 16 reversals, 34 escapes, nine near-falls and four pins.

 

Sophomore Todd Bloom (Wantagh, NY) went 2-2 at the NECCWA Championships. 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 Luke Emmons (West Greenwich, RI) went 2-2 at the NECCWA Championships. For the season, he was 18-17 at 149 lbs. with 76 points, 40 takedowns, 15 reversals, 39 escapes, 21 near-falls and four pins.

 

Junior Dave Paquette (Ledyard, CT) went 2-2 at the NECCWA Championships. For the season, he was 12-10 at 157 lbs. with 53 points, 34 takedowns, nine reversals, 25 escapes, five near-falls and four pins.

 

Sophomore Arty Privedenyuk (Springfield, MA) went 1-2 at the NECCWA Championships. For the season, he was 20-18 at 165 lbs. with 88 points, 33 takedowns, 21 reversals, 34 escapes, 20 near-falls and five pins.

 

Freshman Eric Martell (Chepachet, RI) went 0-2 at the NECCWA Championships. For the season, he was 3-8 at 184 lbs. with 18 points, four takedowns, one reversal, 23 escapes and two pins.

 

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