November 30, 2011



Providence, R.I.-Senior 149 lbs. Mike Trasso (Lyndhurst, NJ), who was ranked No. 2 in New England, knocked off top-ranked senior Mike Willey (Tewksbury, MA), 4-3, as the Rhode Island College wrestling team defeated Plymouth State, 32-6, in New England Wrestling Association (NEWA) action held at The Murray Center.


With the Anchormen already assured of the victory and up, 29-3, Trasso and Willey took to the mat in the evening’s most anticipated bout. Willey, ranked ninth-nationally as well, worked a takedown in the first period to build a 2-0 lead. It was only the fourth time this season that Trasso has been taken to the mat. Trasso was able to gain an escape to cut his deficit to one point as the first stanza came to an end.


Trasso chose bottom to begin the second period and quickly scored an escape to even the bout. The two grapplers headed to the third and decisive period knotted up 2-2. With Willey on bottom, Trasso worked a two-point near-fall to take the lead and held on for the victory after a late escape.



 Senior Mike Trasso turns Plymouth State's Mike Willey for the deciding
two back points in a battle of the top two N.E. wrestlers at 149 lbs.


RIC won two of the first three matches to lead, 6-3. Sophomore Brandon Regnault (Johnston, RI) gave the hosts some breathing room by pinning freshman Adam Reed (Barre, VT) with only seven seconds left in the first period.


After freshman Patrick Healy (Oak Ridge, NJ) earned a 16-7 major decision at 125 lbs., junior Mike Sugermeyer (Hamden, MA) solidified the win for the Anchormen with a 10-1 major victory at 133 lbs.



 Sophomore Brandon Regnault sets Plymouth State's
Adam Reed up for a pin at 285 lbs.


PSU fifth-ranked freshman Brandon Conrad (East Bridgewater, MA) scored a 2-1 upset victory over third-ranked RIC sophomore Kevin Barrucci (Burlington, MA) to close out the match.


RIC (2-1) came into the match ranked No. 3 in New England, while the Panthers (2-4) were ranked No. 5. 


INDIVIDUAL RESULTS: Plymouth State 6, Rhode Island College 32

165 lbs. Caleb Crump (RIC) defeated James Matlack (PSU), 9-3

174 lbs. Paul Cafone (RIC) def. Dan Curley (PSU), 9-8

184 lbs. Rob Phillips (PSU) def. Adam Lynch (RIC), 6-0

197 lbs. Kyle Humphries (RIC) def. Zac Giavonetti (PSU), 11-6

285 lbs. Brandon Regnault (RIC) pinned Adam Reed (PSU) at 2:53

125 lbs. Patrick Healy (RIC) Ryan Burgess (PSU), 16-7

133 lbs. Mike Sugermeyer (RIC) def. Alex Gerhold (PSU), 10-1

141 lbs. Shawn Giblin (RIC) won by forfeit

149 lbs. Mike Trasso (RIC) def. Mike Willey (PSU), 4-3

157 lbs. Brandon Conrad (PSU) def. Kevin Barrucci (RIC), 2-1


In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will continue NEWA competition at Western New England on Wednesday, Dec. 7 (7 p.m.).