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Anchormen Win Third Straight Match In 37-6 Victory Over Engineers

January 14, 2009

Worcester, MA---Visiting Rhode Island College won four matches by pin, eight in total, to roll to a 37-6 victory over WPI in regional wrestling action on Wednesday night at WPI's Alumni Gymnasium. With the win, Rhode Island moves to 6-2 on the season, while WPI drops to 6-4.

WPI got a boost from Alex LaBeef (Pomfret, CT), who fought back to tie his 141 lbs. match with mere seconds to go before succumbing 10-8 by sudden victory to freshman Mike Trasso (Lyndhurst, NJ). Trasso is currently the #3 ranked wrestler in New England at 141 pounds.

The Anchormen would go on to win the following two matches to take a commanding lead in the event. NEWA top-ranked 149 lbs. Kevin Sutherland (Dauphin, PA) tallied a 16-5 major decision over WPI's Jeff Root (Milford, CT). Then, in the featured match of the day, NEWA No. 1-ranked senior Mike Martini (Cranston, RI) defeated No.4 Tyler Howe (Danbury, CT) by a 9-3 score to extend RIC's lead to a commanding 22-0 over the Engineers.

WPI was finally able to cut into the Anchormen lead thanks to Joe Vanni (Hamilton, MA), who won his match at 165 lbs. by a 10-3 score. The momentum shift was short-lived, however, as RIC junior Joe Manley (Wayland, MA) defeated Larry Loomis (Plainfield, CT) by pin in another matchup of wrestlers ranked in the NEWA top five. Manley's victory extended Rhode Island's lead to 28-3 and put any hope of winning the overall match out of reach for the Crimson and Gray.

Following a win by pin at 184 lbs. by NEWA No. 3 senior Nick Logan (Lowell, MA) and another by decision by freshman Steve Saba (Methuen, MA) at 197 lbs., WPI tallied its second win in its final match of the evening as heavyweight Anthony Corbo (Port Washington, NY) closed the evening's action with an 8-2 win.

WPI travels to Roger Williams on Sunday for the NEWA-Metro Conference Duals in Bristol, RI. Rhode Island College's next match is also Sunday at the NEWA Duals.

Match Results

Weight Result Score/Time Running Score

125 Jared Rhodes (RIC) Pinned Dan Metcalf (WPI) 3:16 6-0

133 Scott Legacy (RIC) Pinned Rich Wingert (WPI) 4:07 12-0

141 Mike Trasso (RIC) Def. Alex LaBeef (WPI) 10-8 15-0

149 Kevin Sutherland (RIC) Def. Jeff Root (WPI) 16-5 (Major Dec.) 19-0

157 Mike Martini (RIC) Def. Tyler Howe (WPI) 9-3 22-0

165 Joe Vanni (WPI) Def. Trevor McKenzie (RIC) 10-3 22-3

174 Joe Manley (RIC) Pinned Larry Loomis (WPI) 6:43 28-3

184 Nick Logan (RIC) Pinned John Gikas (WPI) 4:54 34-3

197 Steve Saba (RIC) Def. Scott Guzman (WPI) 3-1 37-3

285 Anthony Corbo (WPI) Def. Devin Callahan (RIC) 8-2 37-6