January 14, 2008








Williamsport, PA—The No. 17-ranked Rhode Island College wrestling team placed fifth at the Budd Whitehill Duals, hosted by Lycoming, on Jan. 11-12. Head Coach Jay Jones’s Anchormen defeated R.I.T., 24-13, before falling to Loras, 20-19, in a thriller on Jan. 11.




RIC rebounded to sweep its remaining three matches on Jan. 12, downing No. 10 Ithaca, 21-20, No. 9 The College of New Jersey, 25-13 and No. 14 York College of Pennsylvania, 22-15.


Senior Mike Bonora (Nutley, NJ) continued to dominate at 141 lbs., going a perfect 5-0 at the duals. He is currently 24-2 with 103 takedowns, eight reversals, 21 near-falls and six pins on the season. His only two losses have been to Div. I wrestlers. Bonora has earned first place finishes at the Roger Williams Invitational on No. 10, the Doug Parker Invitational on Nov. 17 and the R.I.T. Invitational on Dec. 1. He is currently ranked No. 1 in the nation at 141 lbs.


Freshman Brendan Guarino (Lodi, NJ) also registered a solid weekend, going 4-1 at 165 lbs. to up his record to 11-10 on the season. For his efforts, he was named the Pilgrim Wrestling League’s Rookie of the Week.




Sophomore Mike Martini (Cranston, RI) went 4-1 at 157 lbs. to raise his record to 21-5 overall to go along with 35 takedowns, 12 reversals, six near-falls and six pins. Junior Nick Logan (Lowell, MA) went 4-1 at 184 lbs., raising his record to 20-5 to go along with 46 takedowns, three reversals, 11 near-falls and 10 pins.


In upcoming action, RIC will host New England Wrestling Association (NEWA) rival WPI at The Murray Center on Tuesday, Jan. 15 at 7 p.m.


RIC is currently ranked No. 1 in the NEWA among Div. III institutions and No. 5 among Div. I, II and III schools.