December 12, 2015



Providence, R.I.--Rhode Island College senior 141 lbs. Shawn Giblin (Cranston, RI), the topped ranked wrestler in New England at his weight,  scored two victories by pin as the Anchormen went 2-0, topping Plymouth State, 30-6, and Southern Maine, 35-9, in a New England Wrestling Association (NEWA) action held at the RIC Recreation Center on Saturday afternoon.


RIC downed Plymouth State, 30-6, in the first match. The Anchormen (4-0, 4-0 NEWA) jumped out to an early lead with Giblinís pin to put the hosts up 9-0. RIC jumped ahead, 16-0, following a 15-9 decision by senior 157 lbs. Chris Kelly (Franklin, MA). Plymouth (2-2) responded at 165 lbs. with junior Clay Callahan (Milford, CT) scoring an 8-2 decision over RIC sophomore Vincent Drago (Hauppauge, NY). The Anchormen cruised the rest of the match, highlighted by a tech. fall victory by junior 285 lbs. John Georges (Cranston, RI), 17-2.



 Senior 141 lbs. Shawn Giblin


INDIVIDUAL RESULTS: Rhode Island College (4-0) 30, Plymouth State (2-2), 6

133 lbs.: Stephen Masi (RIC) dec. Greg Zaw (PSU), 10-4

141 lbs: Shawn Giblin (RIC) pinned Zack Cassidy (PSU) at 1:15

149 lbs.: Jonathan Costa (RIC) dec. Nick Simeti (PSU), 10-2

157 lbs.: Chris Kelly (RIC) dec. Rob Ruggerio (PSU), 15-9

165 lbs.: Clay Callahan (PSU) dec. Vincent Drago (RIC), 8-2

174 lbs.: Michael Murphy (RIC) dec. Matt Froio (PSU), 2-1

184 lbs.: Brandon Conrad (RIC) dec. Bruce McLee (PSU), 9-4

197 lbs.: Victor Zabalu (RIC) dec. Forrest Rutledge (PSU), 8-6

285 lbs.: John Georges (RIC) tech. fall Dakoda Simula (PSU), 17-2

125 lbs.: Joey Aumann (PSU) major dec. Saylee Phongsamphanh (RIC), 20-7

* Plymouth State was penalized one team point for a violation


The match between the Panthers and the Huskies (1-4) was the second contest of the day, with the Panthers taking a tight, 27-18, victory. Following a forfeit victory by PSU at 133 lbs., the Huskies responded with three straight wins, highlighted by a pin by junior 157 lbs. CJ Luth (Milford, CT) at 4:30. PSU responded with junior 165 lbs. Clay Callahan (Nashua, NH) picking up a pin in 1:14 in the next match. PSU won four of the final five bouts, which included a pin, to secure the win.



 Senior 184 lbs. Brandon Conrad


INDIVIDUAL RESULTS: Plymouth State 27, Southern Maine (1-4), 18

133 lbs.: Greg Zaw (PSU) won by forfeit

141 lbs.: Brendan Weir (USM) tech. fall Zack Cassidy (PSU), 21-4

149 lbs.: Dan Del Gallo (USM) major dec. Nick Simeti (PSU), 19-7

157 lbs.: CJ Luth (USM) pinned Rob Ruggerio (PSU) at 4:30

165 lbs.: Clay Callahan (PSU) pinned Matthew Wheeler (USM) at 1:14

174 lbs.: Justin Montgomery (PSU) pinned Aaron Pierce (USM) at 1:16

184 lbs.: Bruce McLee (PSU) dec. Jeff Fuller (USM), 6-1

197 lbs.: Mike Risti (USM) dec. Forrest Rutledge (PSU), 11-6

285 lbs.: Dakoda Simula (PSU) dec. Joshua Andrews (USM), 3-1

125 lbs.: Joey Aumann (PSU) dec. Casey Abshire (USM), 5-1


The final match of the day saw RIC score four pins to cruise to a convincing, 35-9, victory over USM. Holding a slim, 8-6, lead following the matches at 133, 141, 149 and 157 lbs., the Anchormen used victories by fall in four of the next five matches to put the match away.


INDIVIDUAL RESULTS: Rhode Island College 35, Southern Maine 9

133 lbs.: Stephen Masi (RIC) won by forfeit

141 lbs.: Jake Dorman (RIC) dec. Brendan Weir (USM), 13-8

149 lbs.: Dan Del Gallo (USM) dec. Jonathan Costa (RIC), 8-5

157 lbs.: CJ Luth (USM) dec. Michael Murphy (RIC), 6-0

165 lbs.: Shawn Giblin (RIC) pinned Matthew Wheeler (USM) at :20

174 lbs.: Vincent Drago (RIC) pinned Aaron Pierce (USM) at :33

184 lbs.: Brandon Conrad (RIC) pinned Steven Corio (USM) at 2:47

197 lbs.: Mike Risti (USM) dec. Victor Zabalu (RIC), 4-3

285 lbs.: John Georges (RIC) pinned Pierce Knorr (USM) at 1:00

125 lbs.: Brennen Libel (RIC) dec. Casey Abshire (USM), 9-4

* Rhode Island College was penalized one team point for unsportsmanlike conduct


In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will compete at the Ursinus North/South Duals on Saturday, Jan. 9.