January 11, 2012



Providence, R.I.-Sophomore 285 lbs. Brian Nicoll (Plaistow, NH) and junior 133 lbs. Mike Sugermeyer (Hampden, MA) each pinned their opponents to help guide the Rhode Island College wrestling team to a 31-12 over WPI at The Murray Center on Wednesday night in New England Wrestling Association (NEWA) action.  


RIC (7-6, 4-1 NEWA) found itself trailing after the first bout at 149 lbs. as eighth-ranked freshman Andrew Tanner (Danville, NH) earned a 4-2 victory to put WPI (1-4, 1-3 NEWA) on top early, 3-0. However, the Anchormen bounced back to take a 4-3 lead behind third-ranked sophomore Kevin Barrucci (Burlington, MA) at 157 lbs., as he notched a 9-0 major decision victory over fifth-ranked freshman Zach Hartzell (Gettysburg, PA).



 Sophomore 285 lbs. Brian Nicoll


Freshman 165 lbs. Robert Sotelo (Little Falls, NJ) picked up a 9-3 decision over sophomore Tom Lacroix (Salem, NH) to give the hosts a 7-3 lead. Yet, the Engineers immediately responded as fourth-ranked sophomore 174 lbs. Alex Freilich (Worcester, MA) put WPI ahead, 9-7, with a pin at the 3:11 mark.


The Anchormen would regain the lead at 184 lbs., as sophomore Adam Lynch (New Milford, CT) earned a 5-2 decision over freshman Teddy Kostopoulos (Milford, CT). Freshman 197 lbs. Jason Zeramby (East Greenwich, RI), who was bumped up a weight class prior to the match, followed Lynch’s performance with a 5-3 sudden victory over freshman Bryan Barnash (Trumbull, CT), giving RIC a 13-9 lead.



 Junior 133 lbs. Mike Sugermeyer


The Anchormen took control of the match at 285 lbs., as Nicoll pinned sophomore Joseph Szerszunowicz (Milford, MA) at the 3:58 mark, putting RIC on top, 19-9. After a forfeit at 125 lbs. secured the win for the hosts, Sugermeyer pinned freshman Scott Carpenter (Calais, ME) at 133 lbs. to give the Anchormen a 31-9 lead. The Engineers rallied to post a 3-1 sudden victory at 141 lbs. behind eighth-ranked sophomore Mike Perruccio (Pelham, NH), to close out the contest.


INDIVIDUAL RESULTS: WPI 12, Rhode Island College 31

149 lbs. Andrew Tanner (WPI) dec. Geoff Riccio (RIC), 4-2

157 lbs. Kevin Barrucci (RIC) maj. dec. Zach Hartzell (WPI), 9-0

165 lbs. Robert Sotelo (RIC) dec. Tom Lacroix (WPI), 9-3

174 lbs. Alex Freilich (WPI) pinned Caleb Crump (RIC) at 3:11

184 lbs. Adam Lynch (RIC) dec. Teddy Kostopoulos (WPI), 5-2

197 lbs. Jason Zeramby (RIC) dec. Bryan Barnash (WPI), 5-3 SV

285 lbs. Brian Nicoll (RIC) pinned Joseph Szerszunowicz (WPI) at 3:58

125 lbs. Brandon Gauthier (RIC) won by forfeit

133 lbs. Mike Sugermeyer (RIC) pinned Scott Carpenter (WPI) at 3:20

141 lbs. Mike Perruccio (WPI) dec. John Short (RIC), 3-1 SV


In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will see action at the Budd Whitehill Duals, hosted by Lycoming, on Jan. 13-14.