Wrestling Falls To Western New England, 24-21

Zach Ford (photo courtesy of Geoff Riccio)
Zach Ford (photo courtesy of Geoff Riccio)

Providence, R.I.--Rhode Island College junior Zach Ford (Flagler Beach, FL) notched a pin as the wrestling team lost a close match, 24-21, to Western New England in a New England Wrestling Association (NEWA) matchup held at the RIC Recreation Center on Friday evening.

Western New England 24, Rhode Island College 21
Western New England (3-2)
Rhode Island College (0-2)

• Western New England picked up the first win of the day at 125 lbs., where sophomore Nick Arborio (Cerlin, CT) picked up a major decision against RIC junior Daniel Murray (Bay Shore, NY).

• RIC got on the board at 133 lbs. when senior Stephen Masi (Cumberland, RI) posted a 10-6 win against WNE junior Austin Roche (Southborough, MA).

• A tech fall win at 141 lbs. by WNE sophomore Justin DeLuca (Holbrook, NY) staked the Golden Bears to a 9-3 advantage.

• RIC junior Samuel Lindblom (Waterford, CT) pinned Western New England freshman Andrew Piedrahita (Westford, MA) at 2:16 to tie the match at 9-9.

• The two teams then traded pins. WNE sophomore Ryan Monteiro (Wilbraham, MA) picked up a pin at 157 lbs. Ford countered with a fall at 165 lbs., to knot the contest at 15-15.

• WNE junior Ryan Guers (Orwigsburg, PA) and sophomore John Boyle (Rowley, MA) had back-to-back wins at 174 and 184 lbs., respectively, to put the visiting Golden Bears up by nine, 24-15.

• RIC freshman Travis Manick (Methuen, MA) answered with a 4-2 win at 197 lbs. to close the gap to six, 24-18.

• RIC junior Jordan Zanni (North Providence, RI) had a 2-1 win at 285 lbs., but it wouldn't be enough as Western New England held on for the three-point victory

125 lbs.  Nick Arborio (WNE) maj. Dec. Daniel Murray (RIC), 11-0                    0-4

133 lbs.  Stephen Masi (RIC) dec. Austin Roche (WNE), 10-6                           3-4

141 lbs.  Justin Deluca (WNE) Tech. Fall Francisco Roman (RIC) 18-3 (6:19)     3-9

149 lbs.  Samuel Lindblom (RIC) pinned Andrew Piedrahita (WNE) at 2:16       9-9 

157 lbs.  Ryan Monteiro (WNE) pinned Devante Rogers (RIC) at 3:37               9-15

165 lbs.  Zach Ford (RIC) pinned Jeffrey Suschana (WNE) at 2:59                   15-15

174 lbs.  Ryan Guers (WNE) Pinned Nathan Stemple (RIC) at 2:37                  15-21       

184 lbs.  John Boyle (WNE) dec. Michael Gallagher (RIC), 10-6                        5-24

197 lbs.  Travis Manick (RIC) dec. Josh Nelson (WNE), 4-2                              18-24

285 lbs.  Jordan Zanni (RIC) dec. Danny Price (WNE), 2-1                               21-24

In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will host Southern Maine and Plymouth State in a tri-match on Saturday, Dec. 8 (1 p.m.).