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Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Team Press Releases

RPI tastes success at Nationals!

03/19/2007 -
With ten qualifiers heading to Dallas, the team looked for its best finish at the NCWA Nationals. Again, with a strong team effort and a remarkable individual effort, RPI's wrestling team saw themselves among the elite in the NCWA. Captains Rob Venditti and Eric Pace once again took the reigns of a young team and lead them to RPI's highest finish in a national tournament. Returning All-American Rob Venditti saw his run end in the semi-finals against another unbeaten returning All-American Duke Begy from Miami University. Rob continued his great season, but in tough fashion after tearing his MCL in a loss to returning All-American Russel Correll from Grand Valley. Rob's season finished with a gutsy 6-5 loss to Josh Kotter of LSU to finish 6th and once again an NCWA All-American. The remarkable individual preformance was turned in by walk-on Freshman Ryan Michaels. After a late start and half of a season to get ready, Ryan qualified for nationals and went out to win his first nationals match by pinning Morgan DeFresne - Univ. of Florida. Ryan lost his next match to returning All-American Travis Eisen from Grand Valley. Ryan however didn't let this slow him down. Ryan continued the next day by beating Aaron Moore of Univ. of Florida, Jeff Chase of Ohio State Univ., returning All-American Larry Todd of Colorado State 8-0, then Matt Perry of the Apprentice School and setting up a rematch with Travis Eisen. This time Ryan was in total control and managed to pin Eisen in a pattened arm bar. Ryan completed his tournament by beating again another returning All-American Adam Ortiz from Grand Valley State. Ryan earned All-American status with his 7th win and 3rd place finish at Nationals. Returning All-American John Stecuik suffered a first round loss to a tough Julian Valencia from Ohio State Univ. 8-5. John's mental toughness showed as he continued to wrestleback by pinning Nate Alvarez of Newman Univ., Brad Julian of Lafayette College, and Michael Morin of Valley Forge Military College. John then suffered his second loss to fellow conference wrestler Tim Petrides of Bryant Univ. John finished one victory shy of becoming a 2x All-American. Also contributing to the team scores were Captain Eric Pace with a fall in the wrestleback round. With these strong individual performances and the experience of the tournament by the underclassmen, RPI finished 15th in the country of the 67 schools that were represented. This is a vast improvement from the 49th place finish 2 years ago. RPI will look to once again continue to improve and gain the respect of the elite teams with in the NCWA next year. The team has big shoes to fill with the loss of their captains Rob Venditti and Eric Pace. They will be greatly missed, but will be strong supporters as alumni wrestlers. Congrats also to the coaching staff: Brad Nelson, John Jenkins, Sr. and Kevin Grupe.

Venditti Repeats as Champion

RPI captain Rob Venditti succesfully defended his crown at the Ted Reese Invitational held at the University of Southern Maine this past Saturday. Rob won his previous crown at 149 and repeated this weekend at 157. Rob picked up four wins en route to championship with 6-4 victory decisio....

Coaches Added

RPI names Brad Nelson as Interm Coach as well as John Jenkins Sr as Assistant coach for the 2006-2007 campaign. Brad Nelson comes from a long background of wrestling which started at Galway High School. A team coached by John Jenkins Jr. Brad recently competed and was named an All-Ameri....

Rensselaer wins 1st NCWA NYS Championship

RPI won its first NCWA NYS Championship this past Saturday night at the Univeristy of Albany. RPI wrestled the host team first and came away with a tight 34-23 decision. The match started and the team was ignited by 125 pound Freshman Adam Bruce who pinned Corey Ferguson in the first mat....

RPI to host its 1st 2007 Northeast Conference Championship

RPI will host the 2007 Northeast Conference Championship on February 25th in the Robinson Gymnasium. Tentative :TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE, SUNDAY, 2/25/07: 7:00am-8:00am Scales will be available to check weight. 8:00am-9:00am Skin check followed by weigh-in 9:00am Coaches meeting immediate....

RPI finishes 4th at NE Conference Regionals

RPI had its highest finish in a regional tournament with its 4th place finish at the 2007 NE Conf. tourney held at RPI. With a complete team effort, the Redhawks qualified 10 wrestlers for the NCWA Nationals to be held March 8,9, & 10th in Dallas, TX. The team was lead once again by Seni....

RPI tastes success at Nationals!

With ten qualifiers heading to Dallas, the team looked for its best finish at the NCWA Nationals. Again, with a strong team effort and a remarkable individual effort, RPI's wrestling team saw themselves among the elite in the NCWA. Captains Rob Venditti and Eric Pace once again took the ....

Rensselaer pins down 2nd NYS title

Rensselaer (RPI) won it's second straight New York State dual meet championship Saturday at the SUNY Albany campus, who was host to the event. RPI beat Hudson Valley Community College (HVCC) and SUNY Stonybrook before meeting up with SUNY Albany in the final match up of the night. RPI re....

RPI Wrestlers Succeed at Nationals!

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institutes (RPI) Ryan Michaels led the showing for RPI's 2008 National qualifiers in Lakeland Florida for the 11th Annual NCWA National Championships. Michaels (149 lbs.) added to his resume "all-american" honors for the second straight year placing 4th to go alon....

Rensselaer Rolls to 3rd Straight NYS Title

Albany, NY - The RPI wrestling team successfully defended it's New York State dual meet championship title Sunday the 22nd at near by host Albany Academy High School. En route to it's 3rd straight title, RPI defeated SUNY Cobleskill 45-9, Hofstra University 43-12, Hudson Valley C.C. 51-....

Duo Propells Rensselaer at Nationals

Hampton, VA - Fresh off a 4th place Northeast Conference team finish, qualifying 8 out of 14 wrestlers for the national tournament and their coach being announced as the Northeast Conference "Coach of the Year", RPI wrestlers headed to Hampton, VA to compete among the best of the best at t....

Conference Title Eludes Rensselaer

Burlington, VT - Following a weekend of wrestling that saw them capture their 4th straight New York State Championship in front of a home crowd, RPI knew they would have their work cut out for them in order to win a Northeast Conference title against a tough field at the host school, the U....

RPI*s Burns Wins Crown at Southern Maine Ted Reese Invitational

Gorham, ME. The RPI wrestling team was in action at the 9th annual Ted Reese Invitational hosted by University of Southern Maine this weekend. The Engineers placed 6th as a team with a limited line up making the trip to Maine for the always tough and well run tournament. Junior captain....

Curtis Leads RPI at Doug Cherry Invitational

EASTON, PA. Junior Stuart Curtis upset 2012 All-American Alec Pence from UMBC 3-1 in the 197lb. finals to lead the way for a 2nd place team finish for RPI at the 17th annual Doug Cherry Invitational at Lafayette College Saturday, February 1st. The Engineers were out pointed by NJCAA Glo....

RPI Season Outlook for 2014-15

TROY, NY - Head coach Brad Nelson recently spoke to NY Wrestling News for his season outlook on his squad. See what is in store for his 10th year with the Engineers in the link!....