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Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Team Press Releases

Duo Propells Rensselaer at Nationals

03/29/2009 -
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 the NCWA National Championships.

Jeff Streu (125), Tim Shields (133), Ethan Kirk (133), Ryan Michaels (157), Chris Stabler (184), Pat Vamosy (197) and Brian Jennings (235) all traveled to Virginia for a shot at a national title. Alexander Kelsen also qualified at 285 lbs. for RPI, but was unable to attend due to unforseen circumstances.

At the end of the 3 day event, Rensselaer finished 24th as a team amongst the 84 teams who qualified wrestlers for the event. Rensselaer also came away with two more "all-americans" to add to its growing list of achievements in its young existence. Freshman Ethan Kirk @ 133 lbs. and Junior Ryan Michaels @ 157 lbs. both placed 7th in their respective 32 man brackets.

Kirk, a freshman and this years conference runner up at 133 lbs. made the most of his first appearance at nationals, avenging his earlier loss to MMI wrestler Gavin Shoemo to take 7th place. Junior Ryan Michaels once again showed why he is "Mr. March" at the national tournament, placing 7th and earning "all-american" honors for the 3rd straight year in his career.

For the second straight year, sophomore Brian Jennings @ 235 lbs. came up just one win short of making it into the all-american rounds of day 3. Jeff Streu and Chris Stabler also made their first apperances at the tournament and contributed wins for RPI. Freshman Tim Shields and Junior Pat Vamosy had close fought matches in the begining rounds but couldnt advance into the 2nd day.

"Everyone wrestled really hard and Im very pleased with what we accomplished this year" said Brad Nelson, RPI's Coach. "Just about everyone met my "minimum goals" I set for them before the tournament, and some exceeded those goals. Its a great building block towards next year".

"It was definitely the hardest tournament Ive ever wrestled in" said Kirk of his 3 day battle for 7th place this year. "It was a great experience". Ryan Michaels commented briefly on his performance, saying "I could've done better, but I know what I need to work on for next year". "I wrestled defensive most of the tournament and had trouble finding my groove, but I made the best of it and battled back to place again." Michaels now owns "all-american" honors at two different weight classes, 3rd @ 149 lbs. in 07', 4th @ 149 lbs. in 08' and 7th @ 157 lbs. in 09'.

RPI will return all of its qualifiers for next year. "Weve got a good strong core coming back" says Nelson. "We'll have a couple of holes to fill next year in the begining I'm sure and we'll be hard at work to get the guys who didnt qualify to do so, as well as getting more wrestlers to place, otherwise I expect to add some more great incoming freshman recruits to our growing family like this year". "The guys are really excited about next year and we'll add some tougher competition in our schedule, but for right now we'll just have to wait!"

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!....