December 2, 2009



Providence, RI—Sophomore Alex LaBeef (Pomfret, CT) pinned Plymouth State sophomore Tom Paolera (Andover, MA) at 3:32 to solidify a, 34-6, win for Rhode Island College in the home opener for the RIC wrestling team.



 Sophomore Alex LaBeef


Rhode Island College (1-0) won the final four bouts of the evening, capped by pins from both LaBeef and sophomore Mike Trasso (Lyndhurst, NJ) and a 7-1 decision by junior captain Kevin Sutherland (Dauphin, PA).



 Junior captain Kevin Sutherland


RIC opened the match with a forfeit victory at 157 lbs. Plymouth State (1-3) freshman Seth Carter (Hudson, NH) won, 9-7, in sudden victory over junior Brendan Guarino (Lodi, NJ) at 165 lbs. to pull the visitors within three points, 6-3.


RIC senior Joe Manley (Wayland, MA) snapped a 6-6 tie in his bout by picking up a takedown in the final 10 seconds to earn an 8-6 decision at 174 lbs. Senior Ray Moore (Wrentham, MA) dominated junior Rob Phillips (Brick, NJ), 13-3, at 184 lbs. to get the ball rolling for the hosts.


MATCH RESULTS: Plymouth State (1-3) 6, Rhode Island College (1-0) 34

157 lbs. Scott Legacy (RIC) won by forfeit

165 lbs. Seth Carter (PSU) def. Brendan Guarino (RIC), 9-7 SV

174 lbs. Joe Manley (RIC) def. Jesse Bilodeau (PSU), 8-6

184 lbs. Ray Moore (RIC) def. Rob Phillips (PSU), 13-3

197 lbs. Steve Saba (RIC) def. Eric Larcomb (PSU), 3-1 SV

285 lbs. Jake Gagnon (PSU) def. Brian Nicoll (RIC), 3-2

125 lbs. Brandon Gauthier (RIC) def. Josh Huber (PSU), 7-5

133 lbs. Alex LaBeef (RIC) pinned Tom Paolera (PSU) at 3:32

141 lbs. Mike Trasso (RIC) pinned Steve Sughrue (PSU) at 2:59

149 lbs. Kevin Sutherland (RIC) def. Femi Wheeler (PSU), 7-1


Sutherland won his team-leading 12th (12-1) match of the season.


In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will play at New England Wrestling Association (NEWA) opponent Western New England on Friday, Dec. 11.