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Golden Bears to Host Rhode Island College in Home Opener Tonight at 7 PM

Golden Bears to Host Rhode Island College in Home Opener Tonight at 7 PM
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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (December 3, 2015) - The Western New England University wrestling team will host its first home match of the 2015-16 season tonight against Rhode Island College with action slated to begin at 7 p.m. at the Alumni Healthful Living Center. 

Western New England (2-1) and Rhode Island College (1-0) both return to action for the first time in 12 days after competing at Springfield College's Doug Parker Invitational on November 21. The Anchormen and Golden Bears finished sixth and 15th, respectively. Rhode Island College is currently ranked No. 8 in the New England Wrestling Association (NEWA) Division III Coaches Poll. 

Watch Online: For those unable to attend tonight, live streaming will be available via the Golden Bears Sports Network.     
 
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Mike Sugermeyer, who wrestled at RIC from 2009-13, will face his alma mater as a head coach for the first time tonight.
Storylines: Tonight's match pits Western New England head coach Mike Sugermeyer against his alma mater, where he wrestled from 2009-13. Sugermeyer served as team captain as a senior in 2012-13, going 27-7 and earning All-NCAA Northeast Region and All-New England honors at 125 pounds for the Anchormen. 

Last Meeting: Rhode Island College posted a 27-15 win in Providence last December, with Brian Donovan, Austin Sisco and Lamont Wallace picking up three of Western New England's four individual victories. The Anchormen have won three straight over the Golden Bears, with Western New England's last triumph in the series coming in 2011. 

Who to Watch: 
Austin Sisco, Western New England
(So., 133 pounds, Denville, N.J.) - Sisco, the reigning Pilgrim League Wrestler of the Week, captured second place at 133 pounds last Saturday at the Doug Parker Invitational with three pins on his way to the final. The sophomore also finished second on November 14 at the Ursinus College Fall Brawl, and he leads the Pilgrim League in both wins (13) and pins (nine). Sisco is ranked No. 2 at 133 pounds in the NEWA individual rankings.

Brian Donovan, Western New England (Jr., 197 pounds, Manchester, Conn.) - Donovan is 9-6 so far this season, including a 3-2 showing at the Doug Parker Invitational. His 21 escapes and nine takedowns rank first and fourth on the team, respectively. Earlier this season, Donovan lost a close decision to RIC's John Georges, who is currently No. 5 in the NEWA rankings at 197 pounds. 

Shawn Giblin, Rhode Island College (Sr., 141 pounds, Cranston, R.I.) - Giblin, who is the NEWA's No. 1 ranked wrestler at 141 pounds, is one of three Anchormen to appear in the regional rankings. A 2014-15 All-Northeast Region performer, Giblin finished third in his weight class at the Doug Parker Invitational after going 5-1. 

Brandon Conrad, Rhode Island College (Sr., 184 pounds, East Bridgewater, Mass.) - Conrad also turned in a strong performance at the Doug Parker Invitational, finshing second at 184 pounds with a 3-1 mark. The senior is ranked No. 3 by the NEWA. 

Up Next: Following tonight's action, both Western New England and Rhode Island College will head to Portland, Maine on Saturday for the Ted Reese Invitational, hosted by the University of Southern Maine.