February 3, 2017



Providence, R.I.--The Rhode Island College wrestling team dropped a 31-12 decision against intra-state rival and sixth-ranked Roger Williams in a New England Wrestling Association (NEWA) contest held at The Recreation Center on Friday night. The match was the final regular season home contest for seniors Jake Dorman (Foxboro, MA) and John Georges (Cranston, RI).



 Seniors Jake Dorman & John Georges were honored on Senior Night


Roger Williams (18-1) junior Chris Gural (Scarsdale, NY) opened the evening with a win by injury forfeit at 125 lbs. against Rhode Island College (5-9) sophomore Daniel Murray (Bay Shore, NY) to take a 6-0 advantage. RIC junior Stephen Masi (Cumberland, RI) was then awarded a forfeit at 133 lbs. to tie the match at 6-6. RIC freshman Michael Scaravilli (Lodi, NJ) then put the team up by three, 9-6, with a 6-4 decision at 141 lbs. over RWU junior Matt Elias (Madison, CT).



 Wrestling alumni were recognized prior to the start of the match


At 149 lbs., Dorman dropped a 5-1 decision against RWU freshman Brayson Haas (Schnecksville, PA) to even the match at 9-9.  Back-t0-back pins by Roger Williams junior Carter Merecki (Cambridge, NY) at 157 lbs. against RIC freshman Zach Lepre (East Greenwich, RI) and at 165 lbs. by RWU freshman Brett Leonard (New Milford, CT) over RIC freshman Sam Lindblom (Waterford, CT) put the visiting Hawks up by a score of 21-9.


At 174 lbs., RWU junior Peter Hilburn (Roselle Park, NJ) posted a 10-5 victory against RIC junior Vincent Drago (Hauppauge, NY) to up the lead to 15, 24-9. RIC junior Michael Gallagher (Narragansett, RI) then posted a 7-1 win at 184 lbs. against RWU sophomore Connor Humphries (East Longmeadow, MA) to pull the Anchormen to within 24-12.



 Director of Athletics Don Tencher presented Head Coach Jay Jones
with a ceremonial clock for tying the program record for wins at the NEWA Duals.


At 197 lbs. freshman Christopher Francis (Bristol, RI) notched an 11-1 major decision victory over RIC junior Javante Johnson (Wakefield, RI) to secure the win and up the score to 28-12. The Hawks then wrapped up the evening with a 2-1 win by senior Kyle Foster (Somers, CT) over Georges at 285 lbs. to propel RWU to the 31-12 victory.


Individual Results: No. 6 Roger Williams (18-1) 31, Rhode Island College (5-9) 12

125 lbs.: Chris Gural (RWU) win by medical forfeit Daniel Murray

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

141 lbs.: Michael Scaravilli (RIC) dec. Matt Elias (RWU), 6-4

149 lbs.: Brayson Haas (RWU) dec. Jake Dorman (RIC), 5-1

157 lbs.: Carter Merecki pinned Zach Lepre (RIC), at :47 

165 lbs.: Brett Leonard (RWU) pinned Sam Lindblom (RIC) at 2:14

174 lbs.: Peter Hilburn (RWU) dec. Vincent Drago (RIC), 10-5

184 lbs.: Mike Gallagher (RIC) dec. Connor Humphries (RWU), 7-1

197 lbs.: Christopher Francis (RWU) maj. dec. Javante Johnson (RIC), 11-1

285 lbs.: Kyle Foster (RWU) dec. John Georges (RIC), 2-1


In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will travel to a tri-match at Trinity with Bridgewater State on Sunday, Feb. 12 (12:00 p.m.).