January 29, 2011



Springfield, Mass.Junior Brandon Gauthier (Lowell, MA) and Mike Trasso (Lyndhurst, NJ) each went 3-0 as Rhode Island College went 1-2 at a New England Wrestling Association (NEWA) tri-meet hosted by Springfield College.


The Anchormen (8-8) opened with a 27-9 loss to Wesleyan, before rebounding to decisively defeat Norwich, 37-3. The Pride sent RIC home on a losing note with a 25-12 win to finish the day a perfect 3-0.



 Junior 141 lbs. Mike Trasso


Gauthier, currently ranked No. 2 in New England at 125 lbs., has gone 18-1 over his last 19 matches to raise his overall mark to 27-5.


Trasso, ranked No. 2 at 141 lbs., has won his last 14 bouts to raise his personal record to 29-2.



 Junior 125 lbs. Brandon Gauthier


RIC fell behind Wesleyan, 10-0, after the first two matches. Gauthier and Trasso, along with senior Travis Drappi (West Orange, NJ), each earned decisions to pull the Anchormen within one point, 10-9. However, the Cardinals swept the remaining five bouts to finish with the 25-9 win.


Wesleyan 25, Rhode Island College 9

197 lbs. Luke Erickson (WU) def. Adam Lynch (RIC), 10-0
285 lbs. Dan Conroy (WU) pinned Devin Callahan-Cormier (RIC) at 2:52
125 lbs. Brandon Gauthier (RIC) def. Chris Alvanos (W), 4-3
133 lbs. Travis Drappi (RIC) def. Maika Nagata (WU), 4-3
141 lbs. Mike Trasso (RIC) def. Greg Faxon (WU), 6-2
149 lbs. Howard Tobochnik (WU) def. Kevin Barrucci (RIC), 5-0
157 lbs. Troy Sampson (WU) def. Ryan Rheaume (RIC), 4-3
165 lbs. Thomas Oddo (WU) def. Brendan Guarino (RIC), 5-3
174 lbs. Kyle Roosa (WU) def. Brohen Krsulic (RIC), 9-6
184 lbs. Jefferson Ajayi (WU) def. Chris Dean (RIC), 6-0


Freshman Adam Lynch (New Milford, CT) opened the Norwich match with a pin at 197 lbs., which started a run of eight straight wins for the Anchormen. Freshman 149 lbs. Kevin Barrucci (Burlington, MA) also won by fall in the match.



 Freshman 197 lbs. Adam Lynch


Norwich 3, Rhode Island College 37

197 lbs. Adam Lynch (RIC) pinned Charles Constantino (NU) at 6:05
285 lbs. Brandon Regnault (RIC) def. Matt Ditolla (NU), 8-5
125 lbs. Brandon Gauthier (RIC) won by forfeit
133 lbs. Travis Drappi (RIC) def. John DaSilva (NU), 7-1
141 lbs. Mike Trasso (RIC) def. Nick Monaco (NU), 11-2
149 lbs. Kevin Barrucci (RIC) pinned Ian Concannon (NU) at 1:23
157 lbs. Ryan Rheaume (RIC) def. Nick Roberts (NU), 5-3
165 lbs. Dustin Wilcox (RIC) def. Mike Babbin (NU), 7-1
174 lbs. Chris Schenk (NU) def. Josh Harrison (RIC), 10-9
184 lbs. Chris Dean (RIC) def. Sam Kent (NU), 5-3


The Anchormen were hoping to avenge a 22-16 setback suffered at the hands of the Pride last Sunday at the NEWA Duals, but Springfield prevailed, 25-12. A Trasso decision at 141 lbs. pulled RIC within four points, 13-9, but SC answered back with three straight wins to seal the victory.


Rhode Island College 12, Springfield 25

197 lbs. Jeremy Burns (SC) def. Adam Lynch (RIC), 13-2
285 lbs. Ron Fusco (SC) pinned Brandon Regnault (RIC) at 3:33
125 lbs. Brandon Gauthier (RIC) pinned Jesse Sgaglione (SC) at 6:45
133 lbs. Eddie Giron (SC) def. Travis Drappi (RIC), 5-3
141 lbs. Mike Trasso (RIC) def. Corey Kozimor (SC), 5-3
149 lbs. Ryan McGilvray (SC) def. Kevin Barrucci (RIC), 3-1
157 lbs. Steve Flathers (SC) def. Ryan Rheaume (RIC), 3-2
165 lbs. John Archambeau (SC) def. Dustin Wilcox (RIC), 9-3
174 lbs. Brendan Guarino (RIC) def. Andrew Balina (SC), 5-1
184 lbs. Jeff Brodeur (SC) def. Jesse Posl-Rhinehart (RIC), 2-1


RIC was without the services of senior 149 lbs. Kevin Sutherland (Dauphin, PA) for the second straight match.


In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will resume Pilgrim Wrestling League competition at Roger Williams with Southern Maine on Saturday, Feb. 5.