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Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Team Press Releases

Conference Title Eludes Rensselaer

03/08/2010 -
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 University of Vermont on Saturday, February 27th.

Despite losing starting 184 pounder and national qualifier Chris Stabler to a rib injury, two wrestlers leaving the team late in January and two others injured and unable to compete, RPI still managed a strong runner-up finish with 113 points to now 3x defending conference champion U.S. Naval Academy Prep. School that scored 132 points. "We knew we were not as strong team wise as we should've been" pointed out head coach Brad Nelson. "Unfortunately injuries and other outside influences happen and you can't help it. That's life and that's wrestling". Nelson cites his wrestlers' hard work ethic and determination in the keys of the teams' shorthanded success. "We had a game plan and the guys stuck to it. We didn't have scorers at 3 of the 11 weight classes which hurt us, but the team stepped up and wrestled hard, scoring points where it counted and it showed in the end result".

That end result was enough for a best ever finish in school history at the Conference Championships. Wrestlers for RPI that qualified for the National Championships in Hampton, VA, March 11-13th are as follows: Jeff Streu @ 125lbs., Erez Arnon @ 133lbs., Ethan Kirk @ 141lbs., Will Anderson @ 141lbs., Mat White @ 149lbs., Ryan Michaels @ 157lbs. and Brian Jennings @ 235lbs. Just missing the placement cut were Glenn VanMoffaert @ 149lbs., Brendan Smith @ 174lbs., Aaron Asch @ 174lbs. and Russell Meredith @ 184lbs.

Nelson is hoping for a strong showing at the National tournament where several wrestlers will have a good chance to place in the top 8, and Senior Ryan Michaels will attempt to finish his career at RPI in adding another top 8 finish, which would put him on a short list of NCWA 4x All-Americans. "It's going to be exciting out there, as usual. Our guys are well prepared and can do some damage, they're all hungry for a top 8 finish".

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Venditti Repeats as Champion

12/06/2006
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

12/07/2006
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

01/29/2007
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

02/15/2007
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

03/19/2007
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!

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 ....

Rensselaer pins down 2nd NYS title

02/14/2008
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!

04/05/2008
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

03/01/2009
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

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 t....

Conference Title Eludes Rensselaer

03/08/2010
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

12/09/2013
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

02/02/2014
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....