January 29, 2010



Providence, RIJunior Kevin Sutherland (Dauphin, PA) and sophomore Mike Trasso (Lyndhurst, NJ) won the only matches for No. 30 Rhode Island College as No. 18 Johnson & Wales handed the Anchormen a 36-6 loss at the Harborside Recreation Center on Friday evening. The win clinches the Wildcats sixth straight Pilgrim Wrestling League Championship.




 Sophomore 141 lbs. Mike Trasso


Junior Michael Bastante (Totowa, NJ), currently the seventh-ranked 125 lbs. wrestler in the NCAA Division III ranks, posted an 8-4 win to give the Wildcats the 3-0 advantage. JWU then gained the 9-0 lead with a win by pin fall by junior Nicholas Cucciniello (Smithtown, RI) at 133 lbs. Cucciniello is currently ranked No. 6 nationally at his weight class.  RIC got on the board when a 3-2 victory by Trasso at 141 lbs. to make the score 9-3. The visiting Anchormen won their second straight match of the evening when Sutherland posted a 12-3 major decision victory at 149 lbs. 


 JWU extended their lead to 15-7 when freshman Terrell Webster (Markham, IL) recorded a win by pin in a time of 5:44 at 157 lbs.  Back-to-back wins by sophomore 165 lbs. Jordan Corona (Northfield, NJ) and 174 lbs. Colin Lenhardt (Hayes, VA) propelled JWU to the 24-7 lead.  Lenhardt, ranked 10th nationally, won via a forfeit.  In the next match of the evening, junior Brennan Ward (Waterford, CT), ranked eighth in the nation at 184 lbs, posted a win by pin in a time of 4:58 to extend the advantage to 30-7.  Senior Patrick McCrohan (Berkley, MA) provided the Wildcats with the 33-6 lead after a 2-0 win at 197 lbs. and the evening concluded with a 3-2 win by JWU freshman Humphrey Swift (Danbury, CT) at 285 lbs.


 With the win Johnson & Wales is now 16-7 in dual matches for the season while Rhode Island College falls to 9-3 for the year. In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will host Springfield (1 p.m.) and Wesleyan (5 p.m.) tomorrow afternoon at The Murray Center.


MATCH RESULTS: Johnson & Wales (16-7) 36, Rhode Island College (9-3) 6

125 lbs. Mike Bastante (JWU) def. Brandon Gauthier (RIC), 8-4         

133 lbs. Nicholas Cucciniello (JWU) pinned Travis Drappi (RIC) at 2:00          

141 lbs. Mike Trasso (RIC) def. John Donaleski (JWU), 3-2            

149 lbs. Kevin Sutherland (RIC) def. Thomas Webster (JWU), 12-3 (Major Dec.) 

157 lbs. Terrell Webster (JWU) pinned Jordan Jacquo (RIC) at 5:44               

165 lbs. Jordan Corona (JWU) def. Remington Alves (RIC), 11-4            

174 lbs. Colin Lenhardt (JWU) won by forfeit        

184 lbs. Brennan Ward (JWU) pinned Ray Moore (RIC) at 4:58             

197 lbs. Patrick McCrohan (JWU) def. Steve Saba (RIC), 2-0

* - One team point deducted against RIC for unsportsmanlike conduct during 197 lbs. match          

285 lbs. Humphrey Swift (JWU) def. Brian Nicoll (RIC), 3-2