Grad Year: 1994
Year Inducted: 2003
Scott Carlsten is perhaps the best wrestler in Rhode Island College history. Carlsten was undefeated in duals, won the Rhode Island State Championship three consecutive years and was named High School All-American during his career at Cranston East. After adding an undefeated year at Loomis-Chaffee Prep and another New England Championship, Carlsten became the most heralded wrestler ever to be recruited to RIC.
His undefeated dual-meet winning streak continued for all four of his college years, along with his penchant for winning tournaments. Victorious in countless regional tourneys, Carlsten also added the 158 lbs. crown at four consecutive New England College Conference Wrestling Association (NECCWA) Championships.
Enjoying an ambitious and expanded schedule, along with an exceptional group of teammates, Carlsten and his mates saw Rhode Island College rise to an unprecedented reign of dominance, which included perennial national rankings and five consecutive NECCWA Championships from 1988-92.
Leading the team in scoring all four years, Carlsten owns marks in the RIC record book for best dual record (70-0-1), most career wins (163) and most career pins (34). He also holds single-season marks of 12 pins and 42 wins, established during his senior year when he was selected as NECCWA’s Most Outstanding Wrestler. In addition to being a four-time New England Champion, Carlsten twice was an NCAA All-American, finishing sixth and third in 1991 and 1992.
He is a 1994 graduate of Rhode Island College, earning a bachelor’s degree in education.
Carlsten joins his father, Rusty, RIC’s legendary head wrestling coach, as the only father/son tandem in RIC’s Athletic Hall of Fame. They are both members of NECCWA’s Hall of Fame as well.