January 31, 2009




Wrestling Goes 2-0-1 at Wesleyan Quad Meet


Middletown, CTóThe Rhode Island College wrestling team took part in a quad-meet, hosted by Wesleyan on Saturday afternoon, making it four matches in less than 24 hours for the Anchormen, who battled New England Wrestling Association rival Johnson & Wales to a 32-14 loss on Friday night.




RIC started the day with a 25-9 win over Springfield. The Anchormen opened with four straight wins to take a 15-0 lead over the Pride, highlighted by a sophomore Kevin Sutherland (Dauphin, PA) pin (2:21) over Jeremy Adickes at 149 lbs. The Pride came back with wins at 184 and 285 lbs., but freshman Brandon Gauthier (Lowell, MA) sealed the win with a 6-2 decision over Jesse Sgaglione at 125 lbs.




The Anchormen moved on to face MIT for the third time this season and picked up their third victory over the Engineers, 22-17. It was the closest of the three matches these two clubs have played with RIC having earned 42-10 and 36-10 victories in the prior two meetings. RIC took a 22-3 lead, with Sutherland, senior 157 lbs. Mike Martini (Cranston, RI) and sophomore 184 lbs. Chris Dean (Copiague, NY) all earning forfeit victories. The Engineers stormed back with four straight wins, but could not close the gap.




Rhode Island College moved on to face the hosts and battled the Cardinals to a 21-21 tie.  Sutherland opened with a 4-2 win over Dave Bachy and Martini followed with an injury default win over Charles Hoeg. A Wesleyan major decision and technical fall win tied the contest up at nine apiece. Junior 174 lbs. Joe Manley (Wayland, MA) earned a 6-2 decision over Zach Rolfe and classmate 197 lbs. Ray Moore (Wrentham, MA) edged Alex Segal, 2-1, to give RIC a 15-9 lead. A decision and pin gave the Cardinals there first lead of the day, 18-15, with two matches remaining. Freshman 133 lbs. Scott Legacy (Bennington, VT) pinned Chris Alvanos with just 29 seconds left in his match to give RIC the advantage, but a decision went to Wesleyan in the final bout of the match to force a deadlock.



Martini and Sutherland once again led the way with 3-0 records on the day. RIC is now 13-5-1 overall, 8-2-1 against NEWA opposition and remains 1-1 in the Pilgrim Wrestling League.


Head Coach Jay Jones' team is off until Wednesday, Feb. 4 when the Anchormen host Pilgrim League rival Coast Guard at The Murray Center.