December 5, 2014



Providence, R.I.-Junior Ricondo Cole (Cranston, RI) opened the night with an 8-6 overtime victory and freshman Brennen Liebel (Feeding Hills, MA) sealed the victory with a 3-1 decision as the Rhode Island College wrestling team topped New England Wrestling Association (NEWA) foe Western New England, 27-15, in front of a sellout crowd at the Recreation Center on Friday night.


RICís (3-1) Cole, ranked third at 141 lbs. in New England, opened the night trying to avenge an early season loss to WNE (2-2) freshman Greg McCrystal (Edison, NJ), who was ranked second. Cole and McCrystal battled through three periods and a quick takedown in overtime by Cole gave him the, 8-6, victory and the 3-0 lead in the match.



 Junior 141 lbs. Ricondo Cole


The Golden Bears bounced back at 149 lbs. when freshman Lamont Wallace (New Rochelle, NY) earned an injury default over RIC senior Jonathan Costa (New Bedford, MA). The match was tied, 5-5, with Costa holding the advantage in riding time before the injury.


The Anchormen rattled off the next 12 points as junior Shawn Giblin (Cranston, RI) won by a pin at 157 lbs. and freshman Matthew Libby (Bridgewater, MA) picked up a forfeit victory at 165 lbs.


RIC freshman Victor Zabalu (Hudson, MA) fell to WNE freshman Bryan Burnette (Waterbury, CT), 3-2, at 174 lbs. to make the score 15-9. Junior Brandon Conrad (East Bridgewater, MA) followed with an 8-4 decision at 184 lbs. to make the score 18-9 RIC.




The 197 lbs. match saw RIC freshman Imran Gholizadeh (Woburn, MA) fall, 4-2, to cut RICís lead down to 18-12, but a dominating pin at 57 seconds by the top-ranked heavyweight in New England, sophomore Terrance Jean-Jacques (Haverhill, MA), gave the Anchormen the 24-12 lead.


In what proved to be the decisive match, Libel earned a 3-1 decision at 125 lbs. to secure the RIC victory and make the score 27-12. The final bout of the evening saw RIC freshman Stephen Masi (Cumberland, RI) fall, 11-4, at 133 lbs. to WNE freshman Austin Sisco (Denville, NJ).    


INDIVIDUAL RESULTS: Western New England 15, Rhode Island College 27

141 lbs. Ricondo Cole (RIC) dec. Greg McCrystal (WNE), 8-6, in OT

149 lbs. Lamont Wallace (WNE) won by injury forfeit vs. Jonathan Costa (RIC)

157 lbs. Shawn Giblin (RIC) pinned James Black (WNE) at 2:48

165 lbs. Matt Libby (RIC) won by forfeit

174 lbs. Bryan Burnette (WNE) dec. Victor Zabalu (RIC), 3-2

184 lbs. Brandon Conrad (RIC) dec. Andrew Cole (WNE), 8-4

197 lbs. Brian Donovan (WNE) dec. Imran Gholizadeh (RIC), 4-2

285 lbs. Terrance Jean-Jacques (RIC) pinned Carl Newman (WNE) at :57

125 lbs. Brennen Liebel (RIC) dec. Tim McLinden (WNE), 3-1

133 lbs. Austin Sisco (WNE) dec. Stephen Masi (RIC), 11-4


In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will travel to Southern Maine to take part in a tri-match with Plymouth State on Saturday, Dec. 13 (1 p.m.).