December 7, 2011



Springfield, Mass.-Senior  Brandon Gauthier (Lowell, MA) and sophomore Kevin Barrucci (Burlington, MA) each picked up major decisions as Rhode Island College lost, 25-14, to Western New England in New England Wrestling Association (NEWA) action held at the Alumni Healthful Living Center.


Junior Robby Ferrante (Shelton, CT) and sophomore Daniel Beck (Portsmouth, RI) recorded pins for the hosts (1-0) who opened dual competition this evening.


RIC (2-2) was without two of its top wrestlers as senior Mike Trasso (Lyndhurst, NJ) and sophomore Shawn Giblin (Cranston, RI) did not compete. 


Ferrante had perhaps the most exciting match rallying from a 7-5 deficit in the final minute to pin junior Mike Sugermeyer (Hampden, MA) at the 6:26 mark in the 133 lbs. weight class. Beck later sealed the win by pinning freshman Paul Cafone (Fairfield, NJ) in just 1:08 in their 174 lbs. match to give the Golden Bears a 25-11 advantage.


Western New England junior Jamison Sacco (Syracuse, NY) made a successful return to the mat with a close 4-2 victory over sophomore Brian Nicoll (Plaistow, NH) in the heavyweight division. Each wrestler had scored a point on an escape before Nicoll went up 2-1 after Sacco was called for stalling with approximately 30 seconds left in the third period. Sacco, who won the New England title as a freshman, then recorded a takedown with 10 seconds remaining for the win. Both wrestlers had not wrestled since the 2009-10 season. 


Rhode Island College senior All-American Brandon Gauthier (Lowell, MA) posted a 12-4 decision over freshman Sean McAllister (Colchester, CT) at 125 lbs. Barrucci scored a 16-5 win at 157 lbs.


Freshman Kyle Humphries (East Longmeadow, MA) compiled a 6-2 win over senior David Baldyga (Terryville, CT) in the opening match at 197 lbs., while sophomore Adam Lynch (New Milford, CT) won to close out the contest at 184 lbs. 


INDIVIDUAL RESULTS: Rhode Island College 14, Western New England 25

197 lbs. Kyle Humphries (RIC) def. David Baldyga (WNE), 6-2

285 lbs. Jamison Sacco (WNE) def. Brian Nicoll (RIC), 4-2

125 lbs. Brandon Gauthier (RIC) def. Sean McAllister (WNE), 12-4

133 lbs. Robby Ferrante (WNE) pinned Mike Sugermeyer (RIC) at 6:26

141 lbs. Anthony Medina (WNE) def. Scott Legacy (RIC), 8-1

149 lbs. Joe Slane (WNE) def. Geoff Riccio (RIC), 9-0

157 lbs. Kevin Barrucci (RIC) def. Matt Mangelli, Jr. (WNE), 16-5

165 lbs. Tom Caliento (WNE) def. Robert Sotelo (RIC), 6-1

174 lbs. Daniel Beck (WNE) pinned Paul Cafone (RIC) at 1:08

184 lbs. Adam Lynch (RIC) def. Chris Sheehan (WNE), 10-3


In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will continue NEWA competition at Wesleyan on Saturday, Dec. 10 (1 p.m.).