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February 28, 2016

 

GIBLIN AND CONRAD HEAD TO NCAA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS AS RIC FINISHES EIGHTH AT NORTHEAST REGIONALS

Springfield, Mass.-Rhode Island College  seniors Shawn Giblin (Cranston, RI) and Brandon Conrad (East Bridgewater, MA) finished first and third in their respective weight classes and qualified for the NCAA Div. III Wrestling National Championships at the Northeast Regional, hosted by Springfield College on Feb. 27-28.

 

The Anchormen finished eighth in the 18-team field with a score of 51.0. Ithaca won the Regional with a score of 144.0. The top three wrestlers in each weight class secure spots at the National Championships.

 

 

 Senior Shawn Giblin

 “It was a really emotional day for us as we have had many ups and downs with this senior class," Head Coach Jay Jones said. "While we had our hearts bleeding for seniors Ricondo Cole (Cranston, RI) and Jonathan Costa (New Bedford, MA) in their final matches with the program, we were also rewarded as Giblin wrestled awesome and won the first regional championship since going to the new format, and Conrad wrestled great and qualified by taking third.  It was a true roller coaster, but in the end a lot of positive memories with this group and more to come.”

 

Giblin went 4-0 and captured the crown at 141 lbs. He was the weight class champion and earned All-Region honors by virtue of his performance. Giblin pinned Williams' Brendon Seyfried at 5:57 in the finals to secure his second career trip to the Nationals (2012).

 

 

 Senior Brandon Conrad

 

Conrad went 4-1, finished third at 184 lbs. and earned All-Region honors. He had one pin and one major decision.

 

 

 Sophomore Stephen Masi

 “I am so happy for Stephen Masi, who was truly one of the most dedicated, respectful, hard working, coachable young men in the practice room, so to see him make All-Region was an absolute thrill for the whole staff," Jones added.

 

Sophomore 133 lbs. Stephen Masi (Cumberland, RI) went 3-3 and finished sixth to earn All-Region honors. He had two wins in sudden victory and one pin at the tourney.

 

 “When we set goals at the beginning of the season, finishing in the top five was something we would have hoped for, but when you look at the line up, specifically  at 285 where junior John Georges (Cranston, RI) was injured, comparatively to the schools ahead of us finishing in the top half, eighth was a pretty good accomplishment. We were right there finishing ahead of Coast Guard and just 2.5 back of Wesleyan. It could have easily been lower third, but the kids battled all weekend and score points where they could, so we have to be happy with that.”

 

The NCAA National Championships will be held in Cedar Rapids, Iowa on Friday and Saturday, Mar. 11-12.

 

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