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May 1, 2008

 

Rhode Island College
2007-08 Wrestling Season Summary

16-4 Overall; 11-3 in the NEWA; 4-2 in the Pilgrim Wrestling League
2008 New England Wrestling Association Champions
No. 14 in the Nation at NCAA Championships

Providence, RI--Head Coach Jay Jones’ team finished the 2007-08 season with a 16-4 overall record, an 11-3 record against New England Wrestling Association opponents and a 4-2 (third place) mark in the Pilgrim Wrestling League. The Anchormen finished the season ranked No. 14 in the nation.

 

Rhode Island College captured its sixth New England Wrestling Association (NEWA) title, and the program’s first since winning five straight (1988-92), with a first place finish at the annual NEWA Championships, hosted by Southern Maine on Feb. 23-24. The Anchormen had two individual New England Champions, while eight wrestlers attained All-N.E. status. RIC finished the two-day tourney with 121.0 points, outdistancing Pilgrim League rivals Johnson & Wales by five. Williams (105.5), Springfield (89.0) and Bridgewater State (80.0) rounded out the top five institutions. The Anchormen were ranked No. 3 in New England behind the Wildcats and Roger Williams heading into the tournament.

 

Over the course of the season, Rhode Island College earned first place finishes at the Roger Williams Invitational, the Doug Parker Invitational and at the R.I.T. Invitational.

 

Senior Mike Bonora (Nutley, NJ) wrapped up his career on the mat with a record of 130-20 (.867) to go along with 470 takedowns, 36 reversals, 74 near-falls and 22 pins. Bonora has one NCAA National Championship and two All-American honors to his credit. He is a two-time New England Champion and earned All-N.E. honors in each of his four seasons on the mat. Bonora is also a three-time National Wrestling Coaches of America (NWCA) Scholar All-American.

 

As a senior in 2007-08, Bonora captured the 2008 NCAA Div. III National Championship at 141 lbs. and attained All-American status. He became just the second RIC grappler to win a national title (Billy Cotter, 1994) and finished the season undefeated against Div. III opponents, the first wrestler to do so in program history.

 

He was also named a Scholar All-American for the third time in his career. Bonora was also named the Pilgrim Wrestling League’s Most Outstanding Wrestler and a First Team All-Star. He was also named to the league’s Scholar-Athlete All-Star team and selected as team MVP. Bonora received the John E. Hetherman Award, signifying him as RIC’s top senior male student-athlete.

 

Bonora was the New England Champion at 141 lbs. for the second straight season. He earned first place finishes the Doug Parker Invitational (Nov. 10), the Roger Williams Invitational (Nov. 17) and the R.I.T. Invitational (Dec. 1).

 

He was 44-2 (.957) to go along with 150 takedowns, 10 reversals, 31 escapes, 36 near-falls and 10 pins on the campaign. Once in control of a match, Bonora was dominant and keeping his opponent within his control, earning a riding time point in 24 of his 46 bouts.  Both of his losses were to Div. I opponents.

 

As a junior in 2006-07, he earned All-American honors, placing sixth, at 141 lbs. at the NCAA Div. III Wrestling Championships. Bonora was RIC’s first All-American grappler in 13 years. He was also the New England Champion at 141 lbs., earned All-New England honors and was named the Pilgrim Wrestling League’s Wrestler of the Year as well as a First Team All-Star. Bonora was also recognized as an NWCA Scholar All-American and was a member of the Pilgrim League’s Scholar-Athlete Team.

 

He closed out the season with a 48-6 overall record, establishing a new RIC record for wins in a season, to go along with 170 takedowns, 11 reversals, 58 escapes, 17 near-falls and seven pins.

 

As a sophomore in 2005-06, Bonora earned All-New England honors at 141 lbs., placing fourth at the NECCWA Championships. He also was named a Second Team Pilgrim Wrestling League All-Star and earned team MVP honors. On the season, he was 16-3 at 141 lbs. with 50 takedowns, three reversals, 23 escapes, nine near-falls and three pins. Bonora, who left RIC after the 2003-04 season, re-joined the Anchormen in January.

 

As a freshman in 2003-04, he earned All-New England honors, placing fifth at 141 lbs. For the season, he was 22-9 at 141 lbs. with 100 takedowns, 12 reversals, 42 escapes, 12 near-falls and two pins.

 

He is a psychology major and a 2003 graduate of Nutley High School.

 

Senior Brendan Casey (Lowell, MA) finishes his RIC career with a 46-25 (.648) record to go along with 139 takedowns, 22 reversals, 66 escapes, 15 near-falls and four pins.

 

As a senior in 2007-08, he earned All-New England honors, placing third 174 lbs. at the NEWA Championships. Casey wrapped up his season with a 22-9 record to go along with 69 takedowns, five reversals, 28 escapes, three near-falls and two pins.  Casey earned a fourth place finish at the Roger Williams Invitational on Nov. 10 and was third at the Doug Parker Invitational on Nov. 17. He was named a Scholar All-American by NWCA, was an Honorable Mention to the Pilgrim Wrestling League All-Star Team at 174 lbs. and was selected as a Scholar-Athlete.

 

As a junior in 2006-07, Casey was named to the Pilgrim Wrestling League’s Scholar-Athlete Team. He was 20-9 at 174 lbs. with 53 takedowns, 12 reversals, 29 escapes, nine near-falls and two pins. Casey placed fifth at 174 lbs. at the Doug Parker Invitational.

 

As a sophomore in 2005-06, Casey was 3-4 while at Edinboro University.

 

As a freshman in 2004-05, he was 4-7 at 165 lbs. with 17 takedowns, five reversals, nine escapes and three near-falls.

 

He is a physical education/health major and a 2004 graduate of Lowell High School.

 

Senior Kevin Davis (Amston, CT) wraps up his RIC career with a record of 82-65 (.558) to go along with 75 takedowns, 40 reversals, 74 escapes, 45 near-falls and 15 pins.

 

As a senior in 2007-08, he earned All-New England honors at 197 lbs., placing third overall at the NEWA Championships. Davis was 24-11 with 23 takedowns, 11 reversals, 15 escapes, 15 near-falls and eight pins. He placed first at the Roger Williams Invitational (Nov. 10), fourth at the Doug Parker Invitational (Nov. 17) and second at the R.I.T. Invitational (Dec. 1).

 

As a junior in 2006-07, Davis earned All-New England honors at 197 lbs., placing fourth at the NECCWA Championships. He was 20-17 at 184 and 197 lbs. with 19 takedowns, eight reversals, 10 escapes, six near-falls and two pins. Davis placed sixth at 184 lbs. at the R.I.T. Invitational.

 

As a sophomore in 2005-06, he was 22-21 at 174 lbs. with 22 takedowns, eight reversals, 26 escapes, 14 near-falls and one pin on the season. He placed third at 184 lbs. at the Roger Williams Invitational and fifth at 174 lbs. at the R.I.T. Invitational.

 

As a freshman in 2004-05, Davis was 16-16 at 184 lbs. with 11 takedowns, 13 reversals, 23 escapes, ten near-falls and four pins on the season.

 

He is a justice studies major and a 2003 graduate of RHAM High School.

 

Junior Nick Logan (Lowell, MA) earned All-New England honors at 184 lbs., placing fourth overall at the NEWA Championships. He was 31-9 at 184 lbs. to go along with 75 takedowns, four reversals, 20 escapes, 17 near-falls and 13 pins. He placed fifth at the Roger Williams Invitational (Nov. 10), third at the Doug Parker Invitational (Nov. 17) and first at the R.I.T. Invitational (Dec. 1).

 

Sophomore Joe Manley (Wayland, MA) was 12-7 at 174 lbs. to go along with 18 takedowns, four reversals, 18 escapes, 14 near-falls and seven pins. Manley placed fifth at the Doug Parker Invitational (Nov. 17).

 

Sophomore Mike Martini (Cranston, RI) was the New England Champion, earning All-New England honors for the second consecutive season, at 157 lbs. and advanced to the NCAA Div. III Wrestling Championships. He was named a Second Team Pilgrim Wrestling League All-Star. He finished the season with a 34-9 record, 57 takedowns, 15 reversals, 42 escapes, 19 near-falls and eight pins on the season. Martini earned a fourth place finish at the Roger Williams Invitational (Nov. 10), was fourth at the Doug Parker Invitational (Nov. 17) and first at the R.I.T. Invitational (Dec. 1). Martini was named a Scholar All-American by NWCA.

 

Sophomore Ray Moore (Wrentham, MA) was 19-15 at 285 lbs. to go along with 22 takedowns, 19 reversals, 31 escapes, 13 near-falls and seven pins. He placed fifth at the Roger Williams Invitational (Nov. 10) and fourth at the R.I.T. Invitational (Dec. 1).

 

Freshman Chris Dean (Copiague, NY) was 1-10 at 197 and 285 lbs. to go along with two takedowns and 11 escapes.

 

Freshman Travis Drappi (West Orange, NJ) earned All-New England honors at 133 lbs., placing fourth at the NEWA Championships. Drappi was 25-12 to go along with 40 takedowns, 10 reversals, 32 escapes, 18 near-falls and nine pins.  Drappi earned a second place finish at the Roger Williams Invitational (Nov. 10) was third at the Doug Parker Invitational (Nov. 17) and sixth at the R.I.T. Invitational (Dec. 1). He was named a Second Team Pilgrim Wrestling League All-Star.

 

Freshman Brendan Guarino (Lodi, NJ) was 19-18 at 165 lbs. to go along with 40 takedowns, 10 reversals, 56 escapes, five near-falls and six pins. He placed sixth at the R.I.T. Invitational (Dec. 1).

 

Freshman Ryan Hardy (Goffstown, NH) was 0-9 at 125 lbs. to go along with one takedown, three reversals and 10 escapes.

 

Freshman Brian Hoyt (Sussex, NJ) earned All-New England honors at 125 lbs., placing third overall at the NEWA Championships. He was 12-9 at 125 lbs. with 25 takedowns, 14 reversals, 21 escapes, 11 near-falls and five pins.

 

Freshman Gregg Martel (Stafford Springs, CT) was 5-9 at 125 lbs. with 19 takedowns, four reversals, 12 escapes and one near-fall on the season.

 

Freshman Geoff Riccio (Lancaster, MA) missed the entire season with an injury.

 

Freshman Kevin Sutherland (Dauphin, PA) earned All-New England honors at 149 lbs., placing fifth at the NEWA Championships. Sutherland wrapped up his season with a 30-12 record to go along with 46 takedowns, 11 reversals, 40 escapes, 27 near-falls and five pins.  Sutherland earned a first place finish at the Roger Williams Invitational (Nov. 10) and was fifth at both the Doug Parker Invitational (Nov. 17) and the R.I.T. Invitational (Dec. 1). He was named a Second Team Pilgrim Wrestling League All-Star.