February 8, 2006


JWU Wrestling Captures
Pilgrim League Championship


PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Johnson & Wales University wrestling team captured their fourth Pilgrim League Championship and second in two-years with a pair of victories against Coast Guard and Rhode Island College at the Harborside RAC on Wednesday evening.  The first match of the evening featured Coast Guard against Rhode Island College.  RIC posted a commanding 42-3 victory.  The Anchormen recorded four wins by pin fall in the victory. 


In the second match of the evening, JWU recorded three pins en route to a 38-6 win over Coast Guard.  JWU’s Brandon McDonough (Des Moines, Iowa) ranked No. 2 nationally, recorded a pin in a time of 2:20 at 125 pounds and No. 6 Matt Smith (Danville, N.H.) in 3:18 at 133 pounds.  Freshman William Esposito (Danbury, Conn.) picked up a win via pin fall in a time of 2:48 at 184 pounds for the Wildcats. JWU won nine of the ten matches in the contest.  In the final match of the evening, Johnson & Wales posted a 27-7 victory against intra-state rival Rhode Island College.  McDonough and Smith again won by pin fall as the Wildcats jumped out to the early 12-0 lead    JWU took seven of 10 matches, including a 16-4 major decision win by No. 5 Steve Martell (Caldwell, N.Y.) en route to the victory.


The Wildcats are now 17-7 on the season.  The team will return to action on Saturday, Feb. 18th and Sunday, Feb. 19th when they travel to Wesleyan for the New England Collegiate Conference Wrestling Association Championship, starting at 9:00 a.m.


Rhode Island College 42, Coast Guard 3


Wgt.    Result


125      Steve Goncalves (RIC) Maj. Dec. Matt Perkins (CGA) 21-6 (6:24)


133      Todd Bloom (RIC) Dec. Eric Heithaus (CGA) 5-1

141      Mike Bonora (RIC) Dec. Garrett Feldman (CGA) 12-4


149      Bryan Radik (CGA) Dec. Ben Sanchez (RIC) 10-4


157      Luis Feliz (RIC) WBF Justin Andrews (CGA) 4:45                                        


165       Ian Coyne (RIC)  Dec. Devin Pomranky (CGA) 3-0                                          


174      Nicholas Logan (RIC) WBF Colin Boyle (CGA) 6:18                        


184      Ray Moore (RIC) WBF Dan Miller (CGA) 3:12                        


197      Damien Hebert (RIC) WBF Chris Rogers (CGA) 1:57                        


Hwt.   B.J. Atkinson (RIC) Dec. Dave Gilbert (CGA) 8-6


Johnson & Wales University 38, Coast Guard 6


Wgt.    Result


125      Brandon McDonough (JWU) WBF Matt Perkins (CGA) 2:20


133      Matt Smith (JWU) WBF Eric Heithaus (CGA) 3:18        


141      Stephen Eberle (JWU) Dec. Garrett Feldman (CGA) 13-10


149      Bryan Radik (CGA) WBF Rob Doherty (JWU) 4:55        


157      Joe Boucher (JWU) Dec. Justin Andrews (CGA) 10-5


165      Steve Martell (JWU) Dec. Devin Pomranky (CGA) 6-5          


174      Jerome Owens (JWU) Tech. Fall Colin Boyle (CGA) 15-5 (3:00)


184      William Esposito (JWU) WBF Dan Miller (CGA) 2:48


197      Carmine Davis (JWU) Dec. Chris Rogers (CGA) 6-3


Hwt.   Steve Kildow (JWU) Dec. John Parkhurst (CGA) 6-3


 Johnson & Wales University 27, Rhode Island College 7


Wgt.    Result


125      Brandon McDonough (JWU) WBF Steve Goncalves (RIC) 2:28                        


133      Matt Smith (JWU) WBF Todd Bloom (RIC) 2:43        


141      Mike Bonora (RIC) Dec. Stephen Eberle (JWU) 8-7


149      Tyler Larson (JWU) Dec. Eric Fama (RIC) 3-1


157      Joe Boucher (JWU) Dec. Luiz Feliz (RIC) 5-3 (OT)


165      Steve Martel (JWU) Maj. Dec. Ian Coyne (RIC) 16-4


174      Jerome Owens (JWU) Dec. Kevin Davis (RIC) 6-2


184      Ray Moore (RIC) Dec. William Esposito (JWU) 6-2          


197      Mike Roberts (JWU) Dec. Eric Martell (RIC) 7-4                          


Hwt.   B.J. Atkinson  (RIC) Dec. Steve Kildow (JWU)  5-0