March 10, 2017



La Crosse, Wis.-The Rhode Island College junior Michael Gallagher (Narragansett, RI) and senior John Georges (Cranston, RI) competed at the NCAA Division III Wrestling National Championships, held at the University of Wisconsin-Lacrosse on Friday.



 Senior John Georges (left) and junior Michael Gallagher (right)
along with Head Coach Jay Jones.


Georges, wrestling at 285 lbs., posted an 0-2 record on Friday. Georges opened the tournament with a hard fought 4-3 setback against Jesse Judge from Olivet. Georges then fell to Donny Ralston from Wisconsin-Stevens Point via a pin (2:26) during the wrestlebacks. Georges was controlling the match against Ralston, who later went on to attain All-American honors, before a late move cost him the match .He finished his senior season with an impressive 31-12 record.


“I am very proud of the efforts of senior captain John Georges,” said RIC Head Coach Jay Jones. “He went on a miraculous run to get to the NCAA’s and came up short out here in Wisconsin. However, what he did as a leader to help turn the culture of our program around both on and off the mat will never be forgotten.”


Gallagher, competing at 184 lbs., posted a 4-3 win over Christos Giatras from Augustana in his opening match. Giatras later battled back in wrestlebacks to attain All-American honors. Gallagher then dropped a 10-0 major decision against Doug Hamann from The College of New Jersey in the wrestlebacks. Gallagher wrapped up his tournament with a 3-1 setback in overtime against Grant Wedepohi from Wisconsin-Platteville. He finished his standout junior season with a 25-10 record.


 "I am so proud of Michael for his efforts on and off the mat," Jones said. "He beat a wrestler in round one who ended up on the other side of the bracket and became an All-American. It's the nature of the beast sometimes. I know he will work harder than anyone else in the country to be on the podium next year. I am also proud of him for earning NWCA Scholar All-American honors with a 3.83 GPA. He truly embodies our anchor strong philosophy of strength in character and strength both academics and athletics."


Georges and Gallagher helped lead the Anchormen to a 7-9 overall record in 2016-17 with a 6-5 mark against New England Wrestling Association (NEWA) opposition. The Anchormen finished 11th (16 teams) at the NEWA Dual Championship on Jan. 22. RIC posted a 12th place finish (19 teams) at the NCAA Division III Northeast Regional Championship on Feb. 25-26.