Bridgewater, Mass. - The Trinity College Bantams dominated the middle weight classes but came up just short on the team decisions in a wrestling tri-match at Bridgewater State University this afternoon. The Bantams lost, 24-21, to the Rhode Island College Anchormen to open the night and were edged by the host Bears in their second mtch, 24-22, despite two lopsided victories each for seniors Stephen Cerrone (Quechee, Vt.) and Jack Reilly (Andover, Mass.) and freshman Kevin Lyskawa (Londonderry, N.H.). Trinity closes the dual-match season with a 2-11 record. Bridgewater State, which also defeated the Anchormen, 22-19, finishes with a 3-6 record in dual matches and Rhode Island College closes up at 3-18 including a 24-21 loss to the Bantams in the New England Wrestling Association (NEWA) Duals Championships in January.
"Heading into he duals, we knew that we had our work cut out for us, as almost half of our team would be wrestling up a weight class to fill holes in our lineup," said Trinity Head Coach Marques Gales. "I'm extremely proud of the effort put forth in our matches and we're excited to start shifting gears toward the post-season."
Trinity trailed Rhode Island College, 15-0, after a forfeit at 125 pounds and three competitive losses at the lower weights, before collecting 22 points in the next four bouts. Lyskawa and Reilly each won on technical falls by a combined score of 33-3 at 157 and 165 pounds, respectively, to make the score, 15-10. Cerrone and Bantam senior Enrique Loya (San Juan Capistrano, Calif.) each pinned his opponent to give Trinity a 22-15 lead with two weight classes left. The Anchormen earned 12 points to close the match, however, on an injury default and 7-0 at heavyweight.
Against Bridgewater State, first-year 174-pounder Michael Fernandez Ravelo (Coral Gables, Fla.) gave Trinity a 16-15 lead with a 6-2 win, and Cerrone followed with a technical fall (16-1) at 184 pounds for five more points. Moving up a class due to an injury, Loya came up just short in a 6-5 setback at 197 pounds to make the score, 21-18, and Ryan Higgins won it for the Bears with a pin in the heavyweight bout. Relly pinned his opponent in just 35 seconds at 165 pounds, while Lyskawa and senior 141-pounder Drew Saccone (Shrewsbury, Mass.) won early decisions for the Bantams.