February 9, 2007


Bonora Keeps Streak Alive Heading Into New Englands


Hartford, CT—Rhode Island College Head Wrestling Coach Jay Jones earned his 100th career victory as the Anchormen downed Trinity, 27-15, in the club’s final regular season match on Friday evening. RIC fell to Pilgrim Wrestling League rival Bridgewater State, 40-8, as part of a tri-match with the Bantams to finish the regular season with a 13-10 overall record, a 3-3 mark in the Pilgrim League and a 9-7 record versus New England College Conference Wrestling Association opponents.


Jones becomes only the second wrestling coach in Rhode Island College wrestling history to amass 100 career wins, joining RIC Athletic Hall of Fame Coach Rusty Carlsten in this exclusive category.


The Anchormen were without the services of freshman Mike Martini (Cranston, RI) at 157 lbs. and senior Andrew Algarin (Leominster, MA) at 285 lbs., both ranked grapplers, who missed the meet due to injuries.


Junior Mike Bonora (Nutley, NJ) increased his personal winning streak to 27 matches and his overall record to 41-3 at 141 lbs. Bonora, who was ranked second in N.E. in his weight class as of the last poll, owns an incredible takedown total of 153, to go along with 10 reversals, 16 near-falls and seven pins. He defeated Bridgewater States John Marsh, 18-6, and pinned Trinitys Jake Gire at 6:42 on the day. He has not lost since Dec. 2.


Senior Arty Privedenyuk (Springfield, MA) has won 11 of his last 12 matches to up his record to 25-8 at 165 lbs. He was ranked fourth in the last NECCWA poll and owns a team-high 13 pins to go along with 30 takedowns, 11 reversals and 14 near-falls. Privedenyuk defeated Bridgewater States Tyler Linneweber, 12-3, in picked up a win by forfeit vs. Trinity.


The Anchormen will take part in the New England College Conference Wrestling Association (NECCWA) Championships, hosted by Roger Williams and Feb. 17-18.