Wrestling ends regular season with Tri-meet against Trinity and Bridgewater

Tim Caplan-Circulation Manager

The Rhode Island College wrestling team ended their dual meet season at home on Friday. The team faced NEWA (New England Wrestling Association) rivals Trinity College and Bridgewater State University.

RIC’s first match against Trinity began with two forfeits in the 125 and 133-pound weight classes. RIC started the match with an advantage of 12 points, but they could not hold on to the win as they went 1-5 in matches. Freshman Nicholas Coppola of Wantagh, New York picked up the Anchormen’s only win at 184 pounds against Trinity’s Enrique Loya of San Juan Capistrano, California.

Nick Coppola, Photo couresty of goanchormen.com

Francisco Roman of Sayerville, New Jersey and Richard Brown of North Kingstown, Rhode Island had hard-fought matches at 141 and 285 pounds, respectively, but ultimately fell to their opponents from the Connecticut school. The final score was Bantams 33, Anchormen 15.

Trinity and Bridgewater had a very close match, with BSU coming out on top by a razor-thin margin of 21 to 19.

RIC ended their night with a barnburner of a match against Bridgewater. Freshman Brandon Nunez of Rockaway, New York started things off for the Anchormen with his second forfeit win of the night at 125 pounds. Junior Daniel Murray of Bay Shore, New York, kept the momentum going with a decision win over BSU’s Caleb Lamarre at 133 pounds. Freshman Francisco Roman showed heart and determination as he wrestled his second match of the night while suffering through an arm injury. Keeping the score close, Roman unfortunately ended up falling to Andrew Valdina at 141 pounds.

Bridgewater would win the next 3 matches before junior Tim Caplan of Portland, Connecticut wrestled his way to a 6-4 decision over Wilfredo David in the 174-pound weight class. BSU received a forfeit win in the 184-pound class, meanwhile, RIC’s Nicholas Coppola bumped up in weight and won a 5-3 decision over Bridgewater freshman David MacNeil. Coppola led the team Friday, as he has all season, with two wins. Freshman heavyweight Richard Brown closed out the show for the Anchormen, as he performed a beautiful slide-by to merkle for a takedown right into a half-nelson for the pin at just 58 seconds of the first period.

The Anchormen will spend the next two weeks preparing for the regional tournament at the Sport and Recreation Center in Worcester, Mass. on Feb. 24-25. 

Women’s basketball reaches the last week of regular season

Enrique Castaneda-Pineda-Sports Editor

As the winter sports season is coming to a close, the Anchorwomen geared up to face off against Southern Maine before heading into their last week of the regular season. Brooke Young rode into this game coming off her career-high 17 points against Keene State to land her the “Little East Conference Women’s Basketball Rookie of the Week.”

Though Young garnered the award, this week against Southern Maine, Ornela Livramento was shining as she scored 20 points, with a shooting percentage from the field of over 50%. She also registered 12 rebounds, three assists, two blocks and a steal for her team, working on all sides of the court. Amber DeCristofaro scored six points, including nine rebounds, two assists and two steals. Young scored six points while coming down with three rebounds and a steal. Finally, Jessa Rubera added to the total as she contributed another six points, and dished the ball out for four assists.

Throughout the game, both teams would go back and forth, seemingly evenly matched. Southern Maine pulled away in the final couple minutes of the first quarter to go up 14-9. RIC quickly retaliated to bring the lead down to one, but suddenly a burst of offense was found by Southern Maine as they almost reached a double-digit lead with the end of the first half. The Anchorwomen attempted to cut the lead down once again, bringing it down to a four-point lead, but once again Southern Maine would pull away to reach their biggest lead of the game of 14 points. Luckily, RIC shaved four points off the lead to go into the final quarter 40-30. The fight never stopped as the team brought the lead down to six points, and when Southern Maine tried to pull away again, RIC continued to press on. The two teams would go back and forth for the remainder of the game, not allowing the Anchorwomen to gain any type of edge.

The final score would be 56-49 as RIC’s record moves to 7-14, with a Little East Conference record of 1-10. The team will face four opponents this week including Western Connecticut State University, UMass Dartmouth, Lasell College and Plymouth State University. The team will be playing at home Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. and once more on Thursday at 7 p.m.

Men’s basketball drive Southern Maine out with a strong win

Jonathan Weaver-Asst. Sports Editor

The Anchormen walked out of The Murray Center this past Saturday with an incredible win against Southern Maine after their latest Little East Conference (LEC) game.

Southern Maine carried a small lead throughout the entirety of the first half. Both teams had decent plays being made on both sides, and it remained a close and an exciting game. The team’s coordination seemed to be at a high, with good assists and well-maneuvered blocks. In addition, RIC played it smart with a good layup game and successful free throws, keeping them close behind Southern Maine all the way to intermission.

Photo courtesy of goanchormen.com #44Grant Gillis

The second half is where things got really interesting. RIC continued to trail for the initial 10 minutes, even by as much as eight points around the 14 minute mark! Grant Gillis pulled them back in with two beautiful layups. Shortly after, Malcolm Smith was subbed in and proceeded to sink a three-pointer, closing the gap to a single point. At the seven minute mark, Smith dropped another three-pointer and brought the game to a tie at 43-43. Adham Floyd was then subbed in and went on to sink two three-pointers.

The remainder of the game saw CJ Donaldson, Grant Gillis and Justin Campbell pull away with the lead with free throws and a smart use of layups, ending up with a final score of 61-56. Gillis led the team with a double-double, scoring 12 points and snagging 10 rebounds. Floyd was close behind as he scored 13 points and grabbed nine rebounds, as Justin Campbell added 12 points to the total.

The next three games are all Little East Conference games, and if RIC plays anything like they did Saturday, they should pose a real threat. They are currently 6-16 as they look to face UMass Dartmouth at home in The Murray Center on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.

Wrestling Team compete at Headlock for Hunger Dual Meet Championship

Enrique Castaneda-Pineda-Sports Editor

The Wrestling team has been busy, competing in the New England Wrestling Association (NEWA) Headlock for Hunger Dual Meet Championship, facing Johnson & Wales and Roger Williams.

In the NEWA Headlock for Hunger Dual Meet Championship, 16 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III teams competed at the Providence Career & Technical Academy. Freshman Nicholas Coppola led the team with an impressive 3-0 record in the tournament, which landed him a spot on the All-NEWA Tournament Team. RIC faced off against four teams, including Coast Guard, Norwich, Trinity and New England College. RIC opened up the tournament with a heavy 51-0 loss against Coast Guard, as Ricky Brown was the closest to getting a decision his way with a 5-2 loss.

Things started to look up as RIC faced Trinity College, with the first two matches becoming wins by forfeit. Coppola came out with his first win with a 10-4 decision granting him the victory, as Ricky Brown pinned his opponent in less than five minutes to gain his win. RIC would close out this match with a 31-21 loss against Trinity.

RIC would peak as they face New England College, winning the match 30-23. Daniel Murray gained an injury defeat while Nick Gould pinned his opponent to gain a win for the team. Coppola gained his second win by pinfall in an impressive 30 seconds, while Brown raced to beat Coppola’s time, but instead gained his win by pinfall in, a still impressive, 47 seconds.

Finally, RIC would end the tournament against Norwich, as the Anchormen would fall 29-17. Daniel Murray gained a 18-0 decision win, while James Smith pinned his opponent within two minutes. The Anchor’s own Tim Caplan gained a 7-6 decision win for the team, while Coppola gained his third and final win with a 7-1 decision victory.

The Anchormen moved on to host Johnson & Wales, which unfortunately ended in a 55-0 loss for RIC. Their luck would not get better as they faced Roger Williams University for another tough setback of 54-0. The team will be facing off against Trinity and Bridgewater State at the Recreation Center on Friday, Feb. 9 at 5 p.m. The team currently has a 6-12 overall record and a NEWA record of 3-8, as their next match will be their last before competing in the NCAA Northeast Regional Championships.

Women’s Basketball host Wesleyan

Enrique Castaneda-Pineda-Sports Editor

This week the women’s basketball team faced off against Wesleyan and Keene State, hosting Wesleyan at home on Tuesday night.

First, Wesleyan came to the Murray Center for the Anchorwomen’s second home game in a row. Ornela Livramento lead the team with a double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds, with 10 points of those 18 points coming from the free throw line. Jordyn Gauvin added to the total with eight points, five rebounds and two assists, while Brooke Young scored seven points, with six boards, two assists and two steals. The Anchorwomen tried to keep up with Wesleyan’s scoring sprees, until the second quarter came around and Wesleyan went on a 16-7 run to gain an almost 20-point lead at the half. Wesleyan continued to build onto their lead, as RIC could not find a way to stop the offensive unit. RIC would sadly take a home loss as they fell 73-54.

Moving on to the Little East Conference (LEC) contest against Keene State, Brooke Young scored a career-high 17 points, plus an assist and a steal. Gauvin was close behind, scoring 12 points in the matchup, with nine rebounds, three assists and two steals. Jessa Rubera added 11 points to the total, including three rebounds. This game seemed to favor RIC, as Keene State had a 4-17 record, and the Anchorwomen hoped to score a win. They jumped out in front with a 9-2 lead, though Keene quickly retaliated with a 14-4 run to give them a 16-13 advantage.

Photo by Nikki Hewins

Once Keene grabbed the lead, RIC continued to try to push to retake it as halftime came to a close with RIC trailing, 26-21. Keene kept their fiery offense as they would take a double-digit lead coming into the second half, with their biggest lead being 17 points. The Anchorwomen were not done yet, as they attempted a comeback that would bring them within three points going into the fourth quarter. Starting the fourth quarter, Keene quickly extinguished the fire with a 12-2 run, which would signal the end for RIC as they could only muster 10 points in the final quarter. Once again, the team walked away with a 62-50 loss as playoffs grow nearer.

The team is currently 7-13, with a LEC record of 1-9. They are scheduled to face off against Western Connecticut on Wednesday afternoon, and return Saturday at 1 p.m. to face the University of Southern Maine.

Machida makes successful fighting return to native Brazil

Tim Caplan-Circulation Manager

On Saturday, Feb. 3, the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) returned to Brazil for their annual Super Bowl weekend event. Traditionally, this has always been an important weekend for the UFC, hosting all-time great fighters including Georges St. Pierre, Anderson Silva and Jose Aldo in past years. The UFC’s television deal with Fox in 2016 marked the end of this decade long tradition.

Putting the fight card on free TV instead of the usual pay-per-view largely affected its quality. This card was not stacked with contenders, rising stars or champions, rather it was the run-of-the-mill Fox Sports event that fans have become used to.

UFC Fight Night 125 was held at the Arena Guillermo Parabens in Belem, Brazil. The main card kicked off with a beautiful body kick TKO by native Brazilian middleweight Thiago Santos over Anthony Smith.

The co-main event was intended to be a rebound fight for one of the most promising rising female flyweight stars in the UFC, Valentina “The Bullet” Shevchenko. Shevchenko was coming off of her second loss in her UFC career, with a five round decision loss to the Champion Amanda Nunes. Shevchenko had established an impressive resume in the UFC, including a win over former bantamweight champion Holly Holm. She fought UFC newcomer Priscila Cachoeira, who was undefeated in MMA heading into the bout, with a total of eight wins.

Shevchenko came out showing her signature lighting fast hand speed and kickboxing. She locked in for a takedown and proceeded to maul Cachoeira, and then again in the next round before securing a rear naked choke submission at four minutes and 25 seconds.

The main event marked a crossroads fight for perennial UFC contender and former light heavyweight champion Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida, who fought up-and-comer Eryk Anders. Machida was coming off of a disappointing knockout loss to Derek Brunson after a long suspension for using a banned substance. This fight would likely decide if Machida would continue to fight in the UFC or not.

Machida came out in his traditional karate stance and lulled his opponent to sleep before blitzing with his left hand. Machida also landed heavy leg kicks, dropping Anders. Machida and Anders exchanged takedowns throughout the fight, while Anders began to land big strikes, including a knee that opened a cut on Machida’s face. Down the stretch, however, the home country favorite Machida landed more strikes and won the fight by a split decision. This marks a new opportunity for Machida to take one last shot at the middleweight title.

The next UFC event is UFC 221, to be held in Perth, Australia, and features an interim Middleweight title fight between Cuban wrestling sensation Yoel Romero and former champion Luke Rockhold on Feb. 11.

Men’s basketball comes up short against Mammoth opponents

Jonathan Weaver-Asst. Sports Editor

This past Tuesday saw the Anchormen face off against the Amherst Mammoths, culminating in a 75-36 loss for RIC.

Amherst obtained an early lead and held it for the remainder of the game, and the margin only increased through both halves. The first half of the game saw RIC display some aggressive offense with back-to-back layups by Adham Floyd and Roosevelt Shider. However, that early initiative wasn’t enough to keep Amherst from increasing their lead. The Anchormen continued to attempt to halt that growing margin, finishing the first half with a failed three-point buzzer beater.

The second half started with a foul on Amherst, with Grant Gillis sinking both free throws beautifully. In fact, the Anchormen saw a majority of their points accumulate from their free throws for the remainder of the game.

AJ Pettway scored a team-high of seven with three rebounds. Adham Floyd scored six points and four rebounds, and Grant Gills scored six points and had five rebounds. The Anchormen showed moments of initiative, however RIC simply did not play hard enough to counter the Mammoth’s explosive offense. While shot percentages were low, credit should be given to Jonatan Batista for his three-pointer in the second half.

RIC would then face off against No. 2 seed Keene State, with a nearly perfect 9-1 Little East Conference (LEC) record, and overall record of 15-6. Justin Campbell recorded 11 points for the team, with teammate Roosevelt Shider close behind with 10 points. Malcolm Smith added two points to the totals, but registered a game-high 10 rebounds. CJ Donaldson would round out the team’s best effort with seven points, three assists and two steals.

Keene started the game with a quick run to set them up with a double-digit lead in the first six minutes of the game. The points would only keep going as Keene accrued a lead of 16 points reaching the halfway mark of the first half. RIC would be trailing by 14 points as the first half ended. Returning for the second half, Keene immediately scored, but RIC responded with a three-pointer. RIC would remain scoreless, minus a free throw point, for the next six minutes, as Keene would reach a lead of over 30 points. Regardless of the great effort by the team, there was no coming back from such a huge gap as the game would end with a rough 77-49 loss.

The team now has an overall record of 4-16, with a LEC record of 2-8 as the LEC Tournament grows closer. They will return home to face Elms College Monday at 7 p.m., followed by University of Southern Maine, Saturday at 3 p.m.

Men and Women’s Track compete in John Thomas Terrier Classic

Jonathan Weaver-Assistant Sports Editor

The month of January has seen RIC’s Men’s and Women’s track teams compete in three meets and come through with some impressive results.

The Bowdoin Invitational on Jan. 13 saw Junior Eleni Grammas place third in the Women’s 60 meter dash finals. She also went on to place eighth in the 200 meter dash, while Sophomore Jacklyn Xavier placed third. RIC’s Women also placed second in the 4×200 meter relay, while Chelsea Yang placed first in the Women’s weight throw.

On the Men’s team, senior Matthew Charles placed second in the 200 meter dash while Junior Destin Bibemi followed suit, placing second in the 400 meter dash. Freshman Anthony Shepard took first in the long jump, and Freshman Jake Brierly took third in the weight throw.

Springfield College hosted the next meet on Jan. 20, where Eleni Grammas once again placed third in the Women’s 60 meter dash. The women also took the first three spots in the weight throw this time around, thanks to Chelsea Yang, Destinee Barrett and Funmibi Yusuff respectively.

For the men, Jephte Wagnac placed third in the 400 meter dash. Vincent Santos also took third in the 60 meter hurdles. Anthony Shepard walked away with third in the high jump, as well. Shepard again went to secure first in the long jump, and finally, Jake Brierly placed third in the weight throw once again.

Boston University hosted the final meet for the month, the John Thomas Terrier Classic, from Jan. 26 to Jan. 27. Breann Burns walked away with third in the women’s 60 meter hurdles this time around while Karlee Fowler placed first in the pole vault event.

On the men’s side, Marlon Montague secured second place in the 500 meter dash. John Stallworth went on to place third in the 60 meter hurdles. Jack Kahrs and Eric Wicks took the first and second places in the high jump respectively. Ryan Wilkes walked away with first in the pole vault event with Casey Burley rounding out the group with a third place finish in the triple jump.

We have seen some very strong performances for the month, while being pitted against some very strong competition. If this is any indication, we should see some impressive feats over the remainder of the season.

Women’s Basketball fizzle out against No. 2 UMass Boston

Enrique Castaneda-Pineda-Sports Editor

This week, the Women’s Basketball team traveled to face Eastern Connecticut and UMass Dartmouth. Including their game against UMass Boston, it would mark six straight Little East Conference (LEC)  matchups nearing the end of the season. With only four LEC contests left in the rest of the season, and a LEC record of 1-8 now, there is not much time for them to secure a higher playoff seed. The team is currently tied with Plymouth State and Keene State for sixth place in their conference, with UMass Dartmouth reigning undefeated in the top spot.

#24 Amber DeChristofaro, Photos by Thomas Crudale

 

Against No. 4 Eastern Connecticut, Freshman Brooke Young scored 13 points coming off the bench, leading the team in scoring. Jordyn Gauvin followed closely behind as she scored 11 points, while also adding nine rebounds, three assists and two blocks to the stat sheet. Finally, Margaret McCaffrey scored 10 points, coming down with three rebounds in the game. Almost outscoring the 50 total points scored by RIC, Eastern Connecticut’s top three lead scorers combined for 48 points in the contest. Eastern Connecticut had a four-point lead come halftime, as RIC scrambled to steal the lead back. Coming within two points, their comeback was halted as Eastern Connecticut went on a run to finish the third quarter with a 45-37 lead. There would be no making up the deficit as RIC would suffer a 62-50 loss.

Things would not be getting any better as the Anchorwomen then traveled to face the No. 1 seed, UMass Dartmouth. Right out of the gate, UMass Dartmouth dominated the game, shooting 51.5% from the field and 57% from the three-point line. By the end of the first half, UMass Dartmouth had a 44-14 lead on the Anchorwomen. Unless the team played lockdown defense on their opponents, this game already seemed out of reach. Luckily, RIC managed to recover on offense as they shot for 50% from the field, 46% from the three-point line and 71% from the free throw line, besting UMass Dartmouth in all these areas. RIC finally scored in the double-digits in the second half, but it was not enough to stop this explosive offense as they would be handed another loss, 89-55. Gauvin and Ornela Livramento both scored 11 points and grabbed six rebounds in the contest, while Gauvin also added three assists. McCaffrey added nine points to the total with four steals, while Jessa Rubera scored eight points in the loss.

Finally, the team and fans were treated to a tight contest as RIC hosted No. 2 seed UMass Boston. Livramento led the team with a career and game-high 24 points and a game-high 14 rebounds. Gauvin and Young added to the totals with 16 points and 11 points, respectively. RIC gained a lead in the second quarter that they would hold onto throughout the rest of the half, ending the first half with 40-31 lead. They stretched their lead out to 48-32 with six minutes left in the third quarter, when everything seemed to start to fizzle out. They would remain scoreless for the next three minutes as their opponents scored seven points, while a last minute burst by UMass Boston would bring them down to 51-46. The Anchorwomen were not able to hold onto the lead for much longer, and UMass Boston took it two minutes into the final quarter. RIC would take back the lead for a split second until a three-point play and layup pushed the game out of their grasp. It would be their seventh loss in a row, with only one game left in the month.

The team will be looking to break their losing streak and improve on their 7-11 record as they host Wesleyan University Tuesday night at 7:00 p.m.

Gymnastics team competes in West Chester tri-match

Jonathan Weaver-Assistant Sports Editor

The Women’s Gymnastics Team has been fighting hard for a win this season, but unfortunately, they have yet to come out on top.

Hosting Brown on January 14 marked the first meet of the season. Brown pulled out a win with 188.400, while the Anchorwomen trailed with a score of 174.550. Leading the team was Kyndel Yett in vaults with a score of 9.275 and while scoring a 9.575 on floor. Miranda Murphy scored 8.550 on bars and a 9.375 on the beam.

RIC had their second meet, once again at home, facing Springfield College. While Springfield came in first with 186.200 compared to RIC’s 177.625, we saw many great runs on our side. Yett once again rocked the vault as she notched a 9.400, while Murphy on the bars scored a 8.900 and a score of 9.275 on beam. Finally, Erin Shea managed to score a 9.275 on the Floor.  

Lastly, Saturday was the first tri-match of the season against West Chester University and SUNY Cortland. West Chester led with 192.050, Cortland followed with 185.350, and RIC came in third with 174.800. While the competition was very tough, we still managed some impressive highlights. Christa Vaccaro earned a 9.125 in vault, while Murphy scored a 8.550 on bars and a 9.425 on the floor to finish first all-around. Grace Davis rounded out the team on beam with a 9.225.

The team has yet to secure a win this season, but it is still early in the year. If these impressive performances are any indication, we should see the Anchorwomen improve and become a strong team this season. The team will return to action against Southern Connecticut State University Saturday, February 3.