Cranston West graduate Everett Desilets is proving himself to be no pushover on the mat at Johnson and Wales as he has started his intercollegiate wrestling career in fine form.
Competing at 157 lbs., Desilets has compiled a 13-3 record, including a pair of appearances in championship matches in November in which he fell just short of claiming top honors.
More recently, Desilets has put the disappointment of November behind as he won both his matches via decision at a home quad meet on Dec. 8, before following up with a perfect mark of 4-0 at the JWU-hosted East Coast Holiday Classic last week. At the latter tournament, Desilets also received an early Christmas gift in the form of hardware; he was named the meet’s most outstanding wrestler.
Another former Falcon who has made the move up to the collegiate ranks is Ricondo Cole, who is now representing Rhode Island College.
Splitting his time between the 133 and 141-pound weight classes, Cole has racked up several wins in dual competition, including triumphs against opponents from Western New England and Loras, with the latter coming at the recent Desert Duels in Las Vegas, Nev.
However, Cole has found his greatest success in tournament competition, as he won the 133-pound bracket at the Springfield College-hosted Doug Parker Invitational on November 17, going 5-0 in the process.
Days later, Cole was named the New England Wrestling Association’s Rookie of the Week, in recognition of his performance that helped the Anchormen to a seventh-place finish at the 16-team meet.
Hoopsters heating up
Albert DeRobbio (East) is suiting up for the basketball team at Johnson and Wales this winter, having seen limited action in six of the ten contests the Wildcats have played in to date. DeRobbio has sunk three of his seven three-point attempts.
Cranston native Nick Sienkiewicz is contributing while coming off the bench for Springfield College and playing significant minutes for the Pride.
Averaging nearly 23 minutes a game, Sienkiewicz is currently fifth on the squad in defensive rebounds (23), while his 15 assists place him fourth for an 8-3 club that started the campaign on a four-game winning streak.