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Wrestling Defeats Plymouth State, But Falls to JWU

Ron Fusco Providence, R.I. -– February 12, 2011 -- The Johnson & Wales University wrestling team swept a tri-match with Plymouth State and Springfield this afternoon at the Harborside Recreation Center. JWU posted a 2-0 mark while Springfield was 1-1. Plymouth State was 0-2 for the afternoon. Joe Grippi at 133 and Ron Fusco at heavyweight were double winners for the Pride.

The day opened with a 42-3 victory by Springfield over Plymouth State. The Pride won nine of the 10 matches, including three via pin. Springfield junior Ryan McGilvray (Manaiapan, N.J.) recorded a win by pin in just 0:50 for the victory at 149 pounds.

In the second contest of the day, JWU posted a 24-15 win against Plymouth State. JWU senior All-American Brennan Ward (Waterford, Conn.) posted a 19-3 technical fall victory at 184 pounds. Sophomore Humphrey Swift (Danbury, Conn.) had a win via pin in just 0:17 at 285 while junior 149 pounder TJ Webster (Markham, Ill.) had a win by pin in a time of 5:56 in the victory for the Wildcats.

In the final contest of the day, JWU verses Springfield. Ward continued his impressive season with a win by pin in a time of 4:03. The match at 149 pounds saw two of the top wrestlers in that weight class in New England batle as Webster recorded a pin over McGilvray at the 2:50 mark of the first period to put the Wildcats up 18-10. The Pride then took the next two matches, including a forfeit at 165 pounds to take a 19-18 lead. In the final and deciding match of the day, sophomore Colin Lenhardt (Hayes, Va.) notched a pin in a time of 6:39 to propel JWU to the 24-19 victory.

After the day of competition, Johnson & Wales is now 14-6-1 while Springfield is 12-6. Plymouth State falls to 9-5 for the season.

Springfield's dual-meet competition ended today. The Pride will next prepare for the New England Wrestling Association Championships Saturday and Sunday, February 26-27 at Trinity College in Hartford, Conn.

Springfield (12-5) def. Plymouth State (9-4), 42-3
184 -- Nicholas Camera (SC) Dec. Chris Rideout (PSU), 4-1 -- 3-0
197 -- Jeremy Burns (SC) Dec. Rob Phillips (PSU), 7-3 -- 6-0
285 -- Ron Fusco (SC) WBF Zac Giavonetti (PSU), 2:28 -- 12-0
125 -- Jeremy Sgaglione (SC) Maj. Dec. Tyler Rosenberg (PSU), 16-3 -- 16-0
133 -- Tom Casper (SC) WBF Michael Trask (PSU), 3:58 -- 22-0
141 -- Joseph Grippi (SC) Tech. Fall Pat Cassella (PSU), 18-3 (4:58) -- 27-0
149 -- Ryan McGilvray (SC) WBF Derek Bolduc (PSU), 0:50 -- 33-0
157 -- Mike Willey (PSU) Dec. Steve Flathers (SC), 3-1 -- 33-3
165 -- Derrick Longo (SC) Dec. Travis Brooks (PSU), 12-8 -- 36-3
174 -- Jeff Brodeur (SC) Seth Carter (PSU), 3:45 -- 42-3

Johnson & Wales (13-6-1) def. Plymouth State (9-5), 24-15

Johnson & Wales (14-6-1) def. Springfield (12-6), 24-19
184 -- Brennan Ward (JWU) WBF Nicholas Camera (SC), 4:03 -- 6-0
197 -- William Mulligan (JWU) Dec. Jeremy Burns (SC), 5-3 -- 9-0
285 -- Ron Fusco (SC) Dec. Humphrey Swift (JWU), 3-2 -- 9-3
125 -- Dru Thomas (SC) Dec. Brandon O’Rourke (JWU), 7-2 -- 9-6
133 -- Joe Pronk (JWU) Dec. Tom Casper (SC), 9-6 -- 12-6
141 -- Joseph Grippi (SC) Maj. Dec. Colby Clarke (JWU), 14-4 -- 12-10
149 -- TJ Webster (JWU) WBF Ryan McGilvray (SC), 2:50 -- 18-10
157 -- Steve Flathers (SC) Dec. Ethan Farrell (JWU), 8-3 -- 18-13
165 -- Derrick Longo (SC) Wins By Forfeit, -- 18-19
174 -- Colin Lenhardt (JWU) WBF Michael Fish (SC), 6:49 24-19

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