Bridgewater, Mass.—Junior Jordan Zanni (North Providence, RI) won his match at 285 lbs. to clinch a come from behind victory as the Rhode Island College wrestling team defeated Trinity, 24-22, as part of a tri-match held at Bridgewater State on Friday night.
Rhode Island College 24, Trinity 22
Bridgewater State 22, Rhode Island College 19
HOW IT HAPPENED: Rhode Island College 24, Trinity 22
The Anchormen built a 15-0 lead on the Bantams with a forfeit and three decisions over the first four bouts, which were capped by a 5-1 victory at 149 lbs. by junior Sam Lindblom (Waterford, CT).
Trinity then stormed back to lead, 22-15, with a pair of technical fall victories and two pins. Freshman Travis Manick (Methuen, MA) brought RIC within a point, 22-21, with an injury default victory at 197 lbs. and Zanni won his bout at 285 lbs. to cap the win.
125 lbs. Daniel Murray (RIC) won by forfeit
133 lbs. Stephen Masi (RIC) dec. Finn McGovern (TC), 12-6
141 lbs. Francisco Roman (RIC) dec. Joe Penna (TC), 7-4
149 lbs. Sam Lindblom (RIC) dec. John Anderson (TC), 5-1
157 lbs. Kevin Lyskawa (TC) tech. fall David Sheldon (RIC) at 5:10 (18-3)
165 lbs. Jack Reilly (TC) tech. fall Tim Caplan (RIC) at 4:33 (15-0)
174 lbs. Steve Cerrone (TC) pinned Alex Hom (RIC) at 2:53
184 lbs. Enrique Lova (TC) pinned Nathan Stemple (RIC) at :30
197 lbs. Travis Manick (RIC) won by Inj. def. Mason Sangilo (TC)
285 lbs. Jordan Zanni (RIC) dec Devon deFillippi (TC), 7-0
HOW IT HAPPENED: Bridgewater State 22, Rhode Island College 19
The Anchormen built an early lead, 10-6, with three victories in the first four matches. The Bears stormed back with a technical fall win and a pin to go up by five, 17-9, with four bouts to go.
Rhode Island College won the next three matches, highlighted by senior Tim Caplan’s (Portland, CT) major decision at 184 lbs., to go up by a pair of points, 19-17, heading into the final contest. The Bears then picked up a major decision to pull out the win.
125 lbs. Daniel Murray (RIC) maj. dec. Wilson Gomes (BSU), 7-0
133 lbs. Stephen Masi (RIC) dec. Caleb Lamarre (BSU), 4-3
141 lbs. Andrew Valdina (BSU) pinned Francisco Roman (RIC) at 2:07
149 lbs. Sam Lindblom (RIC) dec. Riley Tufts (BSU), 2-0
157 lbs. Devin Winn (BSU) pinned David Sheldon (RIC) at 1:30
165 lbs. Fox Maxwell (BSU) tech. fall Alex Hom (RIC) at 4:44 (19-0)
174 lbs. Nathan Stemple (RIC) dec. Wilfredo David (BSU), 5-2
184 lbs. Tim Caplan (RIC) maj. dec. Chris Roppolo (BSU), 14-4
197 lbs. Travis Manick (RIC) dec. Daniel MacNeil (BSU), 6-2
285 lbs. Ryan Higgins (BSU) tech. fall Jordan Zanni (RIC) at 4:31 (19-2)
In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will compete at the 2019 NCAA Div. III N.E. England Regional Championship, hosted by Johnson & Wales on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 23-24.