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March 15, 2004

 

Rhode Island College
2003-04 Wrestling Season Summary

(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 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.

 

Junior Justin Deveau (North Attleboro, MA) was selected as 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.

 

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 69 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.

 

RIC will only lose one senior this season. Senior Giovanni Calise (Cranston, RI) was 2-5 at 197 lbs. with 12 points, one takedown, one reversal and two pins on the season. As a junior in 2002-03, Calise was 1-1 at 285 lbs. with six points. He is a communications/film study major and a 1998 graduate of Cranston High School West.

 

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 Dan Fortner (Mystic, CT) was 3-8 at 157 lbs. with nine points, eight takedowns, 18 escapes and two near-falls.

 

Junior Eddy German (Providence, RI) was 5-7 at 125 lbs. With 16 points, 23 takedowns, four reversals, 12 escapes and one near-fall.

 

Junior Matt Kelly (Carver, MA) was 7-10 at 149 lbs. with 37 points, six takedowns, one reversal, 14 escapes and four near-falls and four pins.

 

Junior Ryan Klupt (Miller Place, NY) was 5-28 at 184 lbs. with 21 points, 14 takedowns, six reversals and 33 escapes.

 

Junior Andre LaBonte (Harrisville, RI) was 3-3 at 285 lbs. with 12 points, three takedowns, seven escapes and one pin.

 

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, seven near-falls and four pins.

 

Junior Allyn Quibble (Ledyard, CT) was 8-9 at 149 lbs. with 42 points, 25 takedowns, five reversals, 12 escapes, eight near-falls and five pins.

 

Sophomore B.J. Atkinson (Danbury, CT) was 0-2 at 285 lbs.

 

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.

 

Sophomore Richard Chute (Wrentham, MA) was 8-9 at 141 lbs. with 37 points, 17 takedowns, five reversals, 27 escapes, five near-falls and one pin.

 

Sophomore Dan Nelson (Uncasville, CT) was 0-2 at 133 lbs. with one reversal.

 

Sophomore Arty Privedenyuk (Springfield, MA) went 1-2 at the NECCWA Championships. For the season, he was 20-18 at 165 lbs. with 78 points, 33 takedowns, 21 reversals, 34 escapes, 20 near-falls and five pins.

 

Freshman Ricky Boyle (North Attleboro, MA) was 0-8 at 165 lbs. with three takedowns and 19 escapes.

 

Freshman Ian Coyne (Amston, CT) was 12-11 at 157 lbs. with 39 points, 20 takedowns, six reversals, 43 escapes and one near-fall.

 

Freshman Ryan DeSisto (Warwick, RI) was 1-5 at 141 lbs. with six points, one takedown, two reversals, five escapes and one pin.

 

Freshman Tim Donnelly (Stamford, CT) was 0-1 at 197 lbs. with one escape.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Freshman Chris Murray (Ardsley, NY) was 4-6 at 133 lbs. with 18 points, 10 takedowns, three reversals, seven escapes, three near-falls and two pins.

 

Freshman Colin Smith (Wading River, NY) was 0-6 at 149 lbs. with four takedowns and nine escapes.

 

Freshman Mark Smith (Warwick, RI) was 0-8 at 285 lbs. with one reversal and three escapes.

 

Freshman Justin Ungar (Redding, CT) was 1-2 at 141 lbs. with six points, two takedowns, one escape, one near-fall and one pin.