January 30, 2015



Providence, R.I.-The 15th ranked Johnson & Wales wrestling team captured the 2015 Providence Rivalry Cup with a 31-10 win over intra-state rival Rhode Island College in front of a standing room only crowd at the Wildcat Center on Friday evening. The win returns the cup to the Wildcats after RIC took home the trophy the last two seasons. The friendly rivalry between the two NCAA Division III powers located in the Providence city limits dates back to the 1999 campaign with JWU holding a 17-7 advantage in the all-time series between the two schools.


The evening started at 174 lbs. with Johnson & Wales sophomore Dae’Sean Brown (Neptune, NJ) taking a thrilling, 3-2, victory. Junior Michael Labelle (Stanhope, NJ) extended the Wildcats advantage to 6-0 with a 5-3 win at 184 lbs. RIC responded, however and a 3-1 win by freshman Imran Gholizadeh (Woburn, MA) at 197 lbs. and a 9-1 major decision win by sophomore heavyweight Terrance Jean Jacques (Haverhill, MA) put the visiting Anchormen on top, 7-6.  Freshman 125-pounder Bobby Jordan (Woodbridge, NJ) continued his impressive rookie campaign for JWU, notching a 6-0 win to put the Wildcats back on top, 9-7, heading into intermission.



Sophomore 285 lbs. Terrance Jean-Jacques
(photo courtesy of Geoff Riccio)


JWU controlled the action after the break as the evening’s first pin fall victory came at 133 lbs. from JWU freshman DJ Tirrelli (Oradell, NJ) in just 2:04. After a forfeit by RIC at 141 lbs. made the score 21-7, the Wildcats extended their lead to 27-7 as junior 149 Joey Gaccione (Highpoint, NJ), the top ranked wrestler in New England in his weight class and a returning National Qualifier, posted a pin fall victory in a time of 2:34 to put the Wildcats up 27-7.  Sophomore Michael Murphy (North Providence, RI) cut the lead to 27-10 for RIC with an 8-3 win at 157 lbs., but it wouldn’t be enough as JWU junior Sean Prell (Warwick, NY) capped off the evening with a commanding 19-7 major decision victory for the Wildcats to seal the 31-10 victory.


With the win Johnson & Wales improves to 16-5 in dual matches while RIC falls to 7-7 on the year. 


Individual Results: Rhode Island College 10, Johnson & Wales 31

174 lbs. Dae`Sean Brown (JWU) Def. Brandon Conrad (RIC), 3-2 (3-0)

184 lbs. Michael Labell (JWU) Def. Justin Caparco (RIC), 5-3 (6-0)

197 lbs. Imran Gholizadeh (RIC) Def. Pete Hailer (JWU), 3-1 (6-3)

285 lbs. Terrance Jean-Jacques (RIC) Maj. Dec. Andrew Cavanna (JWU), 9-1 (6-7)

125 lbs. Bobby Jordan (JWU) Def. Jonathan Murray (RIC), 6-0 (9-7)

133 lbs. DJ Tirelli (JWU) pinned Brennen Liebel (RIC) at 2:04 (15-7)

141 lbs. Michael Ferinde (JWU) Won By Forfeit (21-7)

149 lbs. Joey Gaccione (JWU) pinned Shawn Giblin (RIC) at 2:34 (27-7)

157 lbs. Michael Murphy (RIC) Def. Daniel McBrinn (JWU), 8-3 (27-10)

165 lbs. Sean Prell (JWU) Maj. Dec. Vincent Drago (RIC),  19-7 (31-10)


In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will compete at the Johnson & Wales Wildcat Open on Sunday, Feb. 1.