January 12, 2013



Williamsport, Penn.-Freshman 141 lbs. Ricondo Cole (Cranston, RI) and junior 285 lbs. Brian Nicoll (Plaistow, NH) each won both of their matches as Rhode Island College defeated Muskingum, 34-15, and Case Western Reserve, 26-15, at the Budd Whitehill Duals, hosted by Lycoming on Saturday afternoon.


RIC (5-12) lost both of its matches in first round action yesterday and dropped into the Consolation Round today. The Anchormen were decimated by injuries and illness yesterday and were without several key starters, which forced a number of wrestlers to compete in different weight classes.



 Freshman 141 lbs. Ricondo Cole


The Anchormen jumped out to 25-0 lead with victories in the first five matches to lead RIC past Muskingum. Junior Jonathan Murray (Brentwood, NY) got things rolling with a pin at 125 lbs., Cole picked up a major decision and two forfeits keyed the run. Nicoll sealed the contest with an 8-1 victory in the match’s final bout.


INDIVIDUAL RESULTS: Rhode Island College 34, Muskingum 15

125 lbs. Jonathan Murray (RIC) pinned Ahmad Taylor (MC) at 1:59

133 lbs. Silas Murray (RIC) won by forfeit

141 lbs. Ricondo Cole (RIC) major. dec. Ben Barnhart-Sullivan (MC), 12-4

149 lbs. Michael Murphy (RIC) dec. Garland McCormick (MC), 11-9

157 lbs. Max Carlsten (RIC) won by forfeit

165 lbs. Skylar Caldwell (MC) won by forfeit

174 lbs. Rob Sotelo (RIC) won by forfeit

184 lbs. Rusty Lockhart (MC) dec. Adam Lynch (RIC), 5-3

197 lbs. Bass Conway (MC) won by forfeit

285 lbs. Brian Nicoll (RIC) dec. Luke Weber (MC), 8-1


The Anchormen then won over Case Western Reserve in their second match of the day as freshman Michael Murphy (North Providence, RI) earned a major victory at 133 lbs. With RIC up by seven, 13-6, Cole bumped up two weight classes to 157 lbs. and scored a 9-3 decision. A decision and pin pulled CWR within a point, 16-15, but the Anchormen won the final three bouts, paced by a technical fall victory by sophomore Rob Sotelo (Little Falls, NJ) at 184 lbs.



 Junior 285 lbs. Brian Nicoll


INDIVIDUAL RESULTS: Rhode Island College 26, Case Western Reserve 15

125 lbs. Mike Sugermeyer (RIC) dec. Josh Hall (CWR), 5-0

133 lbs. Jonathan Costa (RIC) major dec. Xander Staughter (CWR), 12-2

141 lbs. Jonathan Murray (RIC) won by forfeit

149 lbs. Zach McCarthy (CWR) pinned Silas Murray (RIC) at 2:49

157 lbs. Ricondo Cole (RIC) dec. Noah Feldstein (CWR), 9-3

165 lbs. Evan McDowell (CWR) dec. Michael Murphy (RIC), 5-1

174 lbs. Brian Snyder (CWR) pinned Max Carlsten (RIC) at 6:20

184 lbs. Rob Sotelo (RIC) tech. fall Joe DeGenova (CWR) at 7:00 (24-8)

197 lbs. Adam Lynch (RIC) dec. Pierce Curren (CWR), 11-4

285 lbs. Brian Nicoll (RIC) dec. Dale English (CWR), 6-2


“I am so happy for our guys,” RIC Head Coach Jay Jones said afterwards. “They have been working so hard and were victims of circumstance with season-ending injuries, sicknesses and a number of things. To go 2-0 today and get a positive feeling back as a group feels tremendous. Hopefully we will get healthy and use this as a springboard for the rest of the season.”


In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will face Div. I Brown on Saturday, Jan. 19 (3 p.m.).