the Rhode Island College wrestling team had its best season in
years, posting a winning record for the first time since the
1994-95 campaign. Head Coach Jay Jones, a RIC wrestling and baseball
alum himself, led the 2000-01 Anchormen to a 12-9 overall record,
an 8-7 mark in the New England College Conference Wrestling Association
(NECCWA) and a 3-2 (third place) finish in the Pilgrim Wrestling
success had a lot to do with the high level of wrestling demonstrated
by so many of the teams members. Hard work, dedication
and commitment made the team what it was. Two grapplers in particular,
Mike Riley (133 lbs.) and Kevin Munley (125 lbs.), reached an
elite level in their sport, earning berths in the Division III
NCAA Wrestling Championships, which took place at Wartburg College
in Waverly, Iowa last March.
now entering his third season at the helm of the program, is
looking to improve upon last years success. He and his
coaching staff, Assistant Coaches Scott Baum and Bob Smith, are
excited about the potential of this years squad. We
have several experienced veterans returning, Jones says,
and a good freshman class. Were hoping to move up
in the New England rankings as a team this season.
RIC wrestling team will be captained by a duo of experienced
wrestlers and proven team leaders, senior Chad Lampert (Georgetown,
MA) and junior Mike Riley (Lowell, MA).
4-15 (.211) at 149, 157 and 165 lbs. with 21 points, 15 takedowns,
12 escapes, three near-falls and one win by fall during the 2000-01
season. He has proven his versatility, having competed at several
different weight classes, many times suiting up above his optimum
weight class, over the past three years.
for the Division III NCAA National Championships as a wild-card
at 133 lbs. He was named All-New England, placing second at 133
lbs. at the 2001 NECCWA Championships. He was 11-5 (.688) with
40 points, 32 takedowns, four reversals, 22 escapes and six near-falls
during the 2000-01 season. Riley accomplished all of this despite
the fact that he joined the team second semester and didnt
have the benefit of a pre-season or the first several matches
of the season under his belt.
we have a young team, but a team with a lot of depth in most
of the weight classes, says Riley. We have a really
good core of freshmen who will help to lead the team. Losing
Kevin Munley will hurt us as far as experience goes, but our
freshmen will really step it up and fill in. Our team goals include
being in the top three in New England as well as having a high
team GPA [grade point average].
Anchormen opened the season at the Roger Williams Wrestling Tournament
on Nov. 10. RIC placed tenth (15 institutions) with 56.0 points.
RIC will compete at home for the first time this season against
Plymouth State College on Dec. 5 at 7 p.m.
hoping to get a huge fan turnout at our home matches, Jones
says. The team really feeds off the crowds energy.
Its a great advantage.