January 31, 2014


NO. 16 JOHNSON & WALES, 19-18

Providence, R.I.-Led by freshman Justin Caparco’s (Johnston, RI) major decision at 174 lbs., the Rhode Island College wrestling team knocked off No. 16 Johnson & Wales, 19-18, at the Wildcat Center on Friday evening in New England Wrestling Association (NEWA) action.


The Anchormen avenged a 23-15 loss to Johnson & Wales (12-3) at the NEWA Dual Championship less than a week ago to improve to 12-3 overall and 6-2 against NEWA competition.



Freshman 174 lbs. Justin Caparco 


The night got started at 197 lbs. with sophomore Dylen Seybolt’s (Ridge, NY) thrilling, 9-7, victory for the Wildcats. However, RIC quickly knotted the match, 3-3, thanks to a 2-0 decision from senior Brian Nicoll (Plaistow, NH) at 285 lbs. 


The visiting Anchormen took a 6-3 lead following junior Jonathan Murray’s (Brentwood, NY), 8-4, victory at 125 lbs. and increased the advantage to six, 9-3, after a 5-0 decision from senior Silas Murray (Brentwood, NY) at 133 lbs. RIC continued to build on its lead from there with a 10-3 victory courtesy of sophomore Ricondo Cole (Cranston, RI) at 141 lbs. and a 5-3 overtime victory from junior Joseph Slane (Tomkins Cove, NY) at 149 lbs.


With the Anchormen leading, 15-3, Johnson & Wales began to mount a comeback, as sophomore Everet Desilets (Cranston, RI) got things rolling at 157 lbs. with a pin just 1:46 into his bout to make the score, 15-9.  The Wildcats continued to chip away at the lead and made the score, 15-12, after a 10-3 victory from sophomore Stephen Jarrell (Stanhope, NJ) at 165 lbs. 


Yet, RIC managed to fend off the Wildcats and sealed the victory with a 13-0 major decision at 174 lbs. courtesy of Caparco, giving the Anchormen a 19-12 lead.  JWU senior All-American Colin Lenhardt (Gloucester, VA) won by forfeit at 184 lbs. to make the final score, 19-18.


"Johnson & Wales put on a great show with a mat spotlight, kid wrestlers before and a video presentation to make it a great night for our sport in the state," RIC Head Coach Jay Jones said. "Almost 1,000 people came to the event and the gym was so loud it was tough to coach, but made it exciting."


 "Justin Caparco broke his opponent for his win. It was truly impressive for a freshman to perform at that level. Joe Slane was huge in overtime to knock off a former No. 1-ranked wrestler. It was a key victory for the team.


 "It's always a great cross-city rival and I am so proud of our kids for being up to the challenge."


Individual Results: Johnson & Wales (12-3) 18, Rhode Island College (12-3) 19

197 lbs. Dylen Seybolt (JWU) dec. John Georges (RIC), 9-7

285 lbs. Brian Nicoll (RIC) dec. Jonah Aurelio (JWU), 2-0

125 lbs. Jonathan Murray (RIC) dec. Joseph Smith (JWU), 8-4

133 lbs. Silas Murray (RIC) dec. Nate Colicci (JWU), 5-0

141 lbs. Ricondo Cole (RIC) dec. Michael Ferinde (JWU), 10-3

149 lbs. Joseph Slane (RIC) dec. Joseph Gaccione (JWU), 5-3

157 lbs. Everet Desilets (JWU) pinned Kyle Lake (RIC) at 1:46

165 lbs. Stephen Jarrell (JWU) dec. Brandon Conrad (RIC), 10-3

174 lbs. Justin Caparco (RIC) maj. dec. Dae’Sean Brown (JWU), 13-0

184 lbs. Colin Lenhardt (JWU) won by forfeit


In upcoming action, Rhode Island College competes at Roger Williams University in a tri-match with the University of Southern Maine on Saturday, Feb. 8 (1 p.m.).