February 12, 2017



Hartford, Conn.--Head Coach Jay Jones set the Rhode Island College wrestling program's career wins mark when the Anchormen defeated Bridgewater State, 30-18, in the first match of the afternoon at a New England Wrestling Association (NEWA) tri-match hosted by Trinity on Sunday afternoon. The Anchormen completed the sweep of the matches with a 27-19 win over host Bantams.


Now in his 18th season at the helm of the RIC wrestling program, Jones has posted a 224-163-1, surpassing the mark of 222-107-9 set by legendary RIC Athletic Hall of Famer Rusty Carlsten.


"I feel so blessed to have had the privilege to coach so many great athletes and great people," Jones said. "I feel like I always tried my best to carry out Rusty's family values and give our guys an experience that goes beyond the circle. I feel like there is so much more work to be done and will continue working hard at achieving some high goals that I have for the program."


"I would also like to thank the administration, the alumni, my family, and my great assistant coaches like Bob Smith, Chris Tribelli, Dave Paquette, Scott Baum, Brendan Casey and several others for their support. I hope we have made Rhode Island College proud and will continue to make every effort to accomplish more along the way."



 Head Coach Jay Jones & Director of Athletics Don Tencher


Junior Stephen Masi (Cumberland, RI) picked up a pair of wins for RIC (7-9) at 133 lbs., including a major decision victory in the Anchormenís victory against Trinity. Junior Michael Gallagher (Narragansett, RI) also had two victories on the day at 184 lbs. with a pin against Robert Gasdia of Bridgewater State and a technical fall win over Trinityís Andrew McCahill.


Junior Javante Johnson (Wakefield, RI) notched a pair of victories for the Anchormen at 197 lbs., including a pin in just 1:20 against Joseph Caggiono from Trinity. Rounding out the RIC wrestlers with two wins on the day was senior John Georges (Cranston, RI) at 285 lbs., picking up a pin in :57 against Nicholas Cox from Bridgewater State and a 12-3 major decision victory in the match against Trinity.


Individual Results: Rhode Island College (6-9) 30, Bridgewater State (3-15) 18

125 lbs.: Andrew Valdina (BSU) dec. Brennen Liebel (RIC), 10-6

133 lbs.:  Stephen Masi (RIC) maj. dec. Jason Sulinski (BSU), 14-5

141 lbs.: Michael Scaravilli (RIC) maj. dec. Logan Larsen (BSU), 13-1

149 lbs.: Jake Dorman (RIC) maj, dec. Colin Harty (BSU), 14-4

157 lbs.: Eric Kerr (BSU) pinned Zachary Lepre (RIC) at 1:20

165 lbs.:  Declan Heaslip (BSU) pinned Alex DeVito (RIC) at 1:53

174 lbs.: Anthony Cote (BSU) dec. Vincent Drago (RIC), 6-4

184 lbs.: Michael Gallagher (RIC) pinned Robert Gasdia (BSU) at 3:23

197 lbs.: Javante Johnson (RIC) pibbed Chinaka Ekechikwu (BSU) at 2:14

285 lbs.: John Georges (RIC) pinned Nicholas Cox (BSU) at 0:57


Individual Results: Rhode Island College (7-9) 27, Trinity (5-11) 19

125 lbs.: Daniel Murray (RIC) won by forfeit

133 lbs.: Stephen Masi (RIC) dec. Ian Moritz (TC), 3-1

141 lbs.: Grant Sorensen (TC) maj. dec. Jake Dorman (RIC), 11-1

149 lbs.: John Anderson (TC) dec. Michael Scaravilli (RIC), 3-2

157 lbs.: John Reilly (TC) pinned Zachary Lepre (RIC) at 0:45

165 lbs.: Nolan Cornu (TC) pinned Alex DeVito (RIC) at 0:56

174 lbs.: Vincent Drago (RIC) dec. John Davis (TC), 4-3

184 lbs.: Michael Gallagher (RIC) tech. fall Andrew McCahill (TC) at 6:36

197 lbs.: Javante Johnson (RIC) pinned Joseph Caggiano (TC) at 1:20

285 lbs.: John Georges (RIC) maj. dec. Lucian Cascino (TC), 12-3


In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will compete at the 2017 NCAA Div. III Northeast Regional Championships, hosted by Roger Williams on Feb. 25-26.