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February 15, 2014

 

ANCHORMEN WRAP UP REGULAR SEASON
WITH WINS OVER COAST GUARD,
BRIDGEWATER STATE & TRINITY

Hartford, Conn.-Senior 133 lbs. Silas Murray (Brentwood, NY), junior 125 lbs. Jonathan Murray (Brentwood, NY) and sophomore 141 lbs. Ricondo Cole (Cranston, RI) all went 3-0 on the day to lead the Rhode Island College wrestling team to a trio of wins at a quad-match hosted by Trinity College on Saturday afternoon.

 

Rhode Island College closes out the regular season with a 16-4 record overall and a 10-3 mark against New England Wrestling Association (NEWA) competition.

 

 

 Senior Silas Murray

 

The Anchormen opened with a 22-16 victory over Coast Guard, as Cole and the Murray brothers each picked up decisions to give RIC the early, 10-0, lead. Silas Murray, ranked No. 2 in N.E.,  finished a perfect regular season with a huge win over the No. 1-ranked wrestler in New England and All-American Nate Giorgio.

 

After back-to-back setbacks for RIC, sophomore Brandon Conrad (East Bridgewater, MA) picked up a decision at 165 lbs. to help right the ship, while junior Kyle Humphries (East Longmeadow, MA) followed with a pin at 197 lbs. to put the Anchormen up, 19-13. Freshman John Georges (Cranston, RI) bumped up to 285 lbs., giving up 50 lbs. to his opponent and earned a 4-2 decision for RIC to close out the match and secure the victory.

 

 

 Junior Jonathan Murray

 

Rhode Island College followed with a 37-9 victory over Bridgewater State, highlighted by an early, 15-0, major decision from Jonathan Murray and a pin from Cole. Junior Robert Sotelo (Little Falls, NJ) also earned a 19-6 major decision at 174 lbs. to help the Anchormen bury the Bears.

 

RIC wrapped up the day with a 42-9 win over Trinity, as sophomore 157 lbs. Chris Kelly (Franklin, MA) and Humphries recorded pins to lead the way for the Anchormen, while senior Kevin Barrucci (Burlington, MA) picked up a technical fall at 165 lbs.

 

 

 Sophomore Ricondo Cole

 

INDIVIDUAL RESULTS : Rhode Island College 22, Coast Guard 16

 125 lbs. Jonathan Murray (RIC) dec. Earl Roberts (CGA), 10-2

 133 lbs. Silas Murray (RIC) dec. Nate Giorgio (CGA), 9-2

 141 lbs. Ricondo Cole (RIC) dec. Michael Giorgio (CGA), 4-2

 149 lbs. Matthew Vieira (CGA) dec. Chris Kelly (RIC), 7-1

 157 lbs. Michael Palomba (CGA) pinned Kevin Barrucci (RIC) at 5:37

 165 lbs. Brandon Conrad (RIC) dec. Ben Greene (CGA), 4-1

 174 lbs. Luke Taylor (CGA) maj. dec. Justin Caparco (RIC), 13-2

 184 lbs. Kyle Humphries (RIC) pinned Cory Geyer (CGA) at 4:37

 197 lbs. Phillip Azzari (CGA) dec. Brohen Krsulic (RIC), 7-5 in OT

 285 lbs. John Georges (RIC) dec. Kevin Painten (CGA), 4-2 in OT

 

 INDIVIDUAL RESULTS : Rhode Island College 37, Bridgewater State 9

 125 lbs. Jonathan Murray (RIC) maj. dec. Brett Reed (BSU), 15-0

 133 lbs. Silas Murray (RIC) won by forfeit

 141 lbs. Ricondo Cole (RIC) pinned Kevin Pappadopoulos (BSU) at 1:33

 149 lbs. Colin Harty (BSU) dec. Chris Pecora (RIC), 5-4

 157 lbs. Kevin Barrucci (RIC) won by forfeit

 165 lbs. Josh Harrison (RIC) dec. Anthony Cote (BSU), 11-10

 174 lbs. Robert Sotelo (RIC) maj. dec. Shahib Blount (BSU), 19-6

 184 lbs. Brohen Krsulic (RIC) maj. dec. Shawn Kavanagh (BSU), 8-0

 197 lbs. John Georges (RIC) dec. Matthew Small (BSU), 5-3

 285 lbs. Ricky Caruso (BSU) won by forfeit

 

 INDIVIDUAL RESULTS : Rhode Island College 42, Trinity College 9

 125 lbs. Jonathan Murray (RIC) won by forfeit

 133 lbs. Silas Murray (RIC) won by forfeit

 141 lbs. Ricondo Cole (RIC) won by forfeit

 149 lbs. Chris Kelly (RIC) pinned Jeremy Rees (TC) at 5:40

 157 lbs. Kevin Barrucci (RIC) tech. fall John Williams (TC) at 3:50 (15-0)

 165 lbs. Brandon Conrad (RIC) maj. dec. Evan Robinson (TC), 9-1

 174 lbs. Justin Caparco (RIC) dec. Kyle Lundberg (TC), 8-6 OT

 184 lbs. Kyle Humphries (RIC) pinned Varun Konanki (TC) at 1:41

 197 lbs. Petros Hologitas (TC) dec. John Georges (RIC), 9-4

 285 lbs. Kyle McGuire (TC) won by forfeit

 

 "I am really proud of the program's turn around," Head Coach Jay Jones said. "We needed a culture change, and the off the mat distractions in previous years went away, thus the results on the mat improved.  I think 16-4 is a pretty good mark, and I want to thank the seniors for helping make it happen: Kevin Barrucci, Josh Harrison, Joe Mahoney, Silas Murray, Brian Nicoll and Rob Sotelo."

 

 "I was really angry when this week's rankings came out, and they put Giorgio ahead of Silas at 133," Jones added. "Silas was undefeated all year and Giorgio had been out since early November. However, we used it as motivation and it showed that rankings aren't what matters and that you have to do it in the circle. Silas took it to Giorgio almost scoring a major.  I am so proud of his leadership by example and now he is in position to make his run to the national podium."

 

 Jones was also impressed with George's win vs. Coast Guard. "When you talk about putting it on the line, what a gargantuan win for a freshman giving up 50 pounds when your team needs a win and comes through. John wore the heavyweight down with patience and took the shot when he was ready. John Georges has really showed courage and toughness throughout the whole season. We are all so proud of his efforts. When the team needs him, he is there for us. He is truly a team first guy."

 

In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will compete at the 2014 NCAA Northeast Regional on March 1-2.

 

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