Assistant Sports Editor
This past Saturday, the Anchormen Wrestling team had a tri-match at the RIC Recreation Center, which included Roger Williams University and New England College. It was a very special afternoon for the three seniors, Travis Manick, Ricky Brown and Dan Sblendorio as the Anchormen were able to pull off one tremendous win over New England College, but fell short to Roger Williams.
Starting off the day at 125 lbs versus NEC was Freshman Fred Luchs, once again with his aggressive style of play, picking up a pair of pins between both of his matches. Down the stretch the Anchormen collectively won eight of the ten bouts, which included four pins in their first victory over New England College.
Anchormen came into the afternoon 6-9, and with that win they continued onto Roger Williams with a 7-9 record as to their opposing 16-4.
Because of Freshman Luchs' early pin, Roger Williams would go on to win the next three straight, taking a 3-1 advantage over the Anchormen. Next up was the number one prospect currently in the Northeast and 5th overall in the country, Nate Lackman. He continued to victory with a pin at 157 lbs, but it wasn't enough as the hawks took the last five rounds to secure the win.
After the day concluded the seniors were able to talk post-game about their experiences at Rhode Island College and what wrestling has meant to them over the years.
"My biggest takeaway from my four long years of wrestling at RIC is the guys behind me right now and who are behind me each and every day. We are a family at the end of the day and it truly has shown over the course of the years, even with the new guys coming in as well," Senior Travis Manick.
Manick did not wrestle in these matchups, coming off an injury, but was fortunate enough to be able to attend senior night and share this special moment with his team.
Coach Jay Jones had some words to say about his team's efforts and what this senior group has helped with on and off the mat.
"I really do appreciate their efforts over the years. It truly shows their character the way they hold themselves and how they are there for their teammates and I couldn't be happier for them as we head into regionals."
Before the start of the regionals, the Anchormen's most current matchup will be at Bridgewater State University on Friday, Feb. 11th.
For more information on Anchormen Wrestling go to http://www.goanchormen.com/sports/wrestling/schedule?path=wrestling.