January 27, 2012



Providence, R.I.-Senior 125 lbs. Brandon Gauthier (Lowell, MA), freshman 197 lbs. Kyle Humphries (East Longmeadow, MA) and senior 149 lbs. Geoff Riccio (Lancaster, MA) earned the only wins for the Rhode Island College wrestling team as Johnson & Wales defeated the Anchormen, 32-12, in Pilgrim League action at the Harborside Recreation Center


The win clinched the 2012 Pilgrim League Championship for the Wildcats. It marks 10 straight years as Pilgrim League champions for JWU. 



 Senior 149 lbs. Geoff Riccio


JWU opened the match with a 9-4 victory by freshman Frank Marotti (Fairfield, NJ) at 165 lbs. and extended their lead to 6-0 on an 11-6 win by freshman Sean Prell (Warwick, NY) at 174 lbs. A commanding 16-1 win in a time of 5:00 by junior Connor Nelson (Wakefield, RI) put the Wildcats up 11-0.


RIC's first win of the evening came at 197 lbs. with a 4-0 win by Humphries to cut the lead to 11-3. JWU responded with an overtime win by pin fall at heavyweight by junior Humphrey Swift (Danbury, CT) in a time of 7:28 for the 17-3 advantage. The Anchormen chipped away at the lead with a major decision victory by Gauthier at 125 lbs., making the score 17-7.


A 7-4 win by senior John Donaleski (Belleville, NJ) at 133 lbs. put the Wildcats up 20-7 and a win by forfeit made the score 26-7.  Riccio notched a win by fall in a time of 4:27 to cut the lead to 26-13. It would not be enough though as a pin fall win by sophomore 157 lbs. Michael Frick (New Fairfield, CT) in a time of 3:58 propelled JWU to the 32-12 victory.


 RIC drops to 11-11 overall and 0-1 in the Pilgrim League. JWU improves to 13-3 overall and 4-0 in league action.


INDIVIDUAL RESULTS: Johnson & Wales 32, Rhode Island College 12

165 lbs. Frank Marotti (JWU) dec. Robert Sotelo (RIC), 9-4

174 lbs. Sean Prell (JWU) dec. Caleb Crump (RIC), 11-6

184 lbs. Connor Nelson (JWU) tech. fall Adam Lynch (RIC) 16-1 at 5:00

197 lbs. Kyle Humphries (RIC) dec. Blake McNulty (JWU), 4-0

285 lbs. Humphrey Swift (JWU) pinned Brandon Regnault (RIC) at 7:28

125 lbs. Brandon Gauthier (RIC) maj. dec. Brian Conley (JWU), 12-3

133 lbs. John Donaleski (JWU) dec. Mike Sugermeyer (RIC), 7-4

141 lbs. Michael Ferinde (JWU) won by forfeit           

149 lbs. Geoff Riccio (RIC) pinned Colby Clarke (JWU) at 4:27

157 lbs. Michael Frick (JWU) pinned Kevin Barrucci (RIC) at 3:58


RIC: minus one team point for unsportsmanlike conduct 


In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will travel to Brown University on Saturday, Jan. 28 (noon).