February 20, 2015



Providence, R.I.-Sophomore 184 lbs. Justin Caparco (Johnston, RI) pinned his opponent as the Rhode Island College wrestling team topped New England Wrestling Association (NEWA) foe Bridgewater State, 36-12, at the Recreation Center on Friday afternoon.


Although unable to wrestle, senior 125 lbs. Jonathan Murray (Brentwood, NY) was honored, along with his family, in a pre-match ceremony for 2015 Senior Day.



 Senior Jonathan Murray and his family on Senior Day.


Bridgewater (3-12) opened the action with senior Andrew Gauthier (Lowell, MA) earning a forfeit victory at 125 lbs. to put the Bears up 6-0. RIC (10-8) responded with a 9-3 decision by freshman Brennen Libel (Feeding Hills, MA) at 133 lbs. to make the score 6-3.


A forfeit victory for RIC at 141 lbs. and a pin at the 4:25 mark by junior Damen Patisaul (Plant City, FL) at 149 lbs. gave the Anchormen the 15-6 lead after four matches. Sophomore Michael Murphy (North Providence, RI) picked up a 5-4 decision at 157 lbs., which increased the RIC lead to 12, 18-6.


The Bears rallied with a pair of victories as sophomore Anthony Cote (Danbury, CT) earned a 12-5 victory at 165 lbs. and classmate Jason Gebara (Brockton, MA) picked up a 3-2 decision at 174 lbs. to cut the deficit down to six, 18-12.


In the match of the day at 184 lbs., Caparco followed a takedown with two near-falls before finally pinning freshman Robert Gasdia (Rockland, MA) at the 2:12 mark.



 Sophomore 184 lbs. Justin Caparco


Sophomore 197 lbs. John Georges (Cranston, RI) and classmate 285 lbs. Terrance Jean-Jacques (Haverhill, MA) earned forfeit victories to seal the win for the hosts.


INDIVIDUAL RESULTS: Rhode Island College 36, Bridgewater State 12

125 lbs. Andrew Gauthier (BSU) won by forfeit

133 lbs. Brennen Liebel (RIC) dec. Brett Reed (BSU), 9-3

141 lbs. Jake Dorman (RIC) won by forfeit

149 lbs. Damen Patisaul (RIC) pinned Matt Jiampetti (BSU) at 4:25

157 lbs. Mike Murphy (RIC) dec. Matt Armano (BSU), 5-4

165 lbs. Anthony Cote (BSU) dec. Vincent Drago (RIC), 12-5

174 lbs. Jason Gebara (BSU) dec. Ryan Foerestier (RIC), 3-2

184 lbs. Justin Caparco (RIC) pinned Robert Gasdia (BSU) at 2:12

197 lbs. John Georges (RIC) won by forfeit

285 lbs. Terrance Jean-Jacques (RIC) won by forfeit


In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will compete at the 2015 NCAA Northeast Regional on Feb. 28-March 1.