1/19/17 | Only 8 miles separate Johnson & Wales University from Rhode Island College, but the Wildcat wrestling team showed the divide is bigger than that on the mat, dominating the Anchormen 45-3 during the team’s annual Friday Night Fights.
This is the third year in a row that JWU has retained the Providence Rivalry Cup and leads the all-time series with RIC 13-5.
JWU also celebrated 5 seniors prior to the first match:
JWU is now looking ahead to this weekend’s upcoming NEWA Duals Tournament. According to longtime Associate Head Coach Brian Allen, Head Coach Lonnie Morris was instrumental in bringing dual meets to the regional level. And the Wildcats’ NEWA duals record is a strong one, with 9 appearances in the finals and 4 tournament victories.
Currently ranked third in the country with a record of 12-1, Allen believes this season may be the program’s most successful one yet. “We’re at the middle of the season — we’ve got 12 matches left and our goal is to win all 12 of them,” Allen said, “and I think we can do that.” Two years ago the team closed out the season with a record of 21-5, which remains their winningest season to date.
Morris is also on track to break some records of his own. Currently on track to record his 300th career win as a head coach, this would make him the 72nd coach to do so.
Read more about JWU’s victory over RIC on our Athletics site and watch the video below for more insight on the JWU/RIC rivalry.