February 13, 2011


Clinch at Least a Share of the Pilgrim Wrestling League Title

Providence, RIóTop-ranked 174 lbs. Zach Bates (Leyden, MA) and No. 2-ranked senior 165 lbs. Ethan Raymond (Middlebury, VT) each went 2-0 as Bridgewater State swept a pair of New England Wrestling Association (NEWA) matches at a tri-meet hosted by Rhode Island College.


The Bears defeated Trinity, 33-6, before clinching at least a share of the 2011 Pilgrim Wrestling League Championship with a 16-15 come from behind win over Rhode Island College (11-10, 3-2).


Bridgewater State (10-8-1, 4-0-1) could win the outright Pilgrim League title if Coast Guard can upset Johnson & Wales (14-6-1, 3-0-1) on Friday, Feb. 18. The Bears and Wildcats battled to a 19-19 tie back on Dec. 8.



 Junior 125 lbs. Brandon Gauthier defeated top-ranked Kenny Francis from Bridgewater State in a battle of the top two grapplers in N.E. at that weight


Trinity (8-7) defeated RIC, 22-19, in the other match.


The Bantams squared off against the hosts to start the dayís action. Sophomore William Youngblood (Bernardsville, NJ) helped Trinity snatch victory from the jaws of defeat as the Bantams were down to their last match vs. the Anchormen. With RIC up, 19-16, and senior Chris Dean (Copiague, NY) up, 4-3, at 184 lbs., Youngblood scored a takedown and then was awarded the pin with just 16 seconds left in the final period to shock the Anchormen and The Murray Center crowd.


The loss overshadowed a terrific match by RIC senior Brendan Guarino (Lodi, NJ), who snapped a 16-16 tie between the clubs with a takedown in the final two seconds of his match at 174 lbs. to defeat Trinity sophomore Mason West (Northbrook, IL), 3-1, just prior to Youngbloodís heroics.


The visitors took an early, 9-0, lead with a decision and then a pin by junior Greg Vaughan (Hingham, MA) at 285 lbs. The Anchormen picked up a forfeit and a major decision by senior Travis Drappi (West Orange, NJ) to go up by one point, 10-9.



 Brendan Guarino, Travis Drappi, Kevin Sutherland and Chris Dean
were recognized along with their families as part of Senior Day
prior to the Bridgewater State match.


Back-to-back wins by senior Kevin Sutherland (Dauphin, PA) and sophomore Ryan Rheaume (Riverhead, NY) helped RIC build a 16-13 advantage with three matches to go, but Trinity senior Ben Speicherís (Boston, MA) victory at 165 lbs. set the stage for the late contest fireworks.


MATCH RESULTS: Trinity 22, Rhode Island College 19

197 lbs.  Petros Hologitas (TC) dec. Adam Lynch (RIC), 5-3
285 lbs.  Greg Vaughan (TC) pinned Devin Callahan-Cormier (RIC) at 6:45
125 lbs.  Brandon Gauthier (RIC) won by forfeit
133 lbs.  Travis Drappi (RIC) major dec. Scott Gonzalez (TC), 12-2
141 lbs.  Jeremy Rees (TC) major dec. Josh Baker (RIC), 8-1
149 lbs.  Kevin Sutherland (RIC) dec. Daniel Lofrese (TC), 6-0
157 lbs.  Ryan Rheaume (RIC) dec. Kyle Muir (TC), 5-2
165 lbs.  Ben Speicher (TC) dec. Ronnie DiSanto (RIC), 8-3
174 lbs.  Brendan Guarino (RIC) dec. Mason West (TC), 3-1
184 lbs.  William Youngblood (TC) pinned Chris Dean (RIC) at 6:44


Bridgewater State quickly took control of its match with the Bantams, won nine straight bouts and never looked back en route to a 33-6 victory.


Freshman TJ Valle (Augusta, ME) started the ball rolling with a 3-0 win at 197 lbs. and classmate 285 lbs. Ricky Caruso (Waltham, MA) followed with a 9-6 decision.


A Trinity forfeit at 125 lbs. and sophomore Jerry Joubertís (Framingham, MA) injury default win at 141 lbs. dealt the Bantams a pair of six-point losses they were not able to recover from.


Raymond picked up a 6-2 decision over Speicher. Bates earned a 10-4 win at 174 lbs. to cap the nine-bout win streak.


Youngblood, who finished the day with two wins, prevented the shutout for Trinity to end the match with an injury default victory at 184 lbs.


MATCH RESULTS: Trinity 6, Bridgewater State 33

197 lbs. TJ Valle (BSU) dec. Petros Hologitas (TC), 3-0
285 lbs. Ricky Caruso (BSU) dec. Greg Vaughan (TC), 9-6
125 lbs. Ken Francis (BSU) won by forfeit
133 lbs. Steven McCarthy (BSU) dec. Scott Gonzalez (TC), 9-3
141 lbs. Jerry Joubert (BSU) def. Jeremy Rees (TC) by injury default
149 lbs. Sean Fields (BSU) dec. Daniel Lofrese (TC), 4-3
157 lbs. Steven Ciaccio (BSU) dec. Kyle Muir (TC), 5-4
165 lbs. Ethan Raymond (BSU) dec. Ben Speicher (TC), 6-2
174 lbs. Zachary Bates (BSU) dec. Mason West (TC), 10-4
184 lbs. William Youngblood (TC) def. Michael Aiken (BSU) by injury default


Junior Mike Fenner (Bergenfield, NJ) capped a 13-0 rally with a 6-3 victory at 184 lbs. to lift Bridgewater State past RIC, 16-15, in the last match of the day. The Bears avenged a 30-13 loss to the Anchormen at the New England Duals back on Jan. 23 with a come from behind victory.


RIC fell behind, 3-0, but rallied to build a 15-3 lead by winning five consecutive decisions. In a battle of the two top-ranked wrestlers at 125 lbs., RIC junior Brandon Gauthier (Lowell, MA) knocked off No. 1-ranked junior Kenny Francis (New Bedford, MA), 9-8. Gauthier was up 8-6 and was taken down as time expired in the third period, but a crucial riding time point proved to be the difference.


Sutherlandís, 3-0, victory at 149 lbs. was the last win of the day for hosts. Raymond dealt a decisive blow with a four-point, 17-7, win at 165 lbs. during the Bears rally. Batesí, 7-3, win at 174 lbs. put BSU in position for Fennerís big win.


MATCH RESULTS: Bridgewater State 16, Rhode Island College 15

197 lbs.  Andrew Frazer (BSU) dec. Adam Lynch (RIC), 6-0
285 lbs.  Brandon Regnault (RIC) dec. Ricky Caruso (BSU), 3-2
125 lbs.  Brandon Gauthier (RIC) dec. Ken Francis (BSU), 9-8
133 lbs.   Travis Drappi (RIC) dec. Steven McCarthy (BSU), 4-2
141 lbs.   Josh Baker (RIC) dec. Jerry Joubert  (BSU), 6-5
149 lbs.   Kevin Sutherland (RIC) dec. Sean Fields (BSU), 3-0
157 lbs.  Steven Ciaccio (BSU) dec. Ryan Rheaume (RIC), 3-2
165 lbs.  Ethan Raymond (BSU) dec. Josh Harrison (RIC), 17-7
174 lbs.  Zachary Bates (BSU) dec. Brendan Guarino (RIC), 7-3
184 lbs.  Michal Aiken (BSU) dec. Chris Dean (RIC), 5-3


Sutherland, Gauthier and Drappi each went 2-0 on the day for RIC.


In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will compete at the 2011 New England Wrestling Association (NEWA) Championships, hosted by Trinity on Feb. 26-27.