PROVIDENCE — Former East Providence standout and current Mt. Hope High star Colin Cardoso collected the lone individual title among the many locals who placed Saturday, March 1, in the 2014 Rhode Island State Wrestling Championship Meet held at the Providence Career & Tech Academy Field House.
Cardoso defeated Hendricken’s Jonathan Celico, 7-1, in the 106-pound finale. Previously, Cardoso defeated East Providence’s Christian Hussey, the freshmen state champ in the weight class, in the semifinals. Hussey earned third place by pinning LaSalle’s Noah Williams in 4 minutes, 41 seconds.
Three other wrestlers with East Bay ties settled for second-place finishes. East Providence resident Jason Davol, competing for Hendricken, lost to John Altieri of Warwick Vets, 7-2, in the 120-pound final.
Mt. Hope’s Tyler Fenwick suffered a quick defeat in the 220-pound title match, losing by pin in 36 seconds to Carl Neff of Exeter-West Greenwich.
And at heavyweight, Mt. Hope’s Jared Sousa dropped a heart breakingly close, 3-1 overtime decision to Hendricken’s Dallas Sauer, the only one of the 14 title matches that went to a tiebreaker.
The Huskies also had two third-place finishers. At 138, Mt. Hope’s Christian Torres placed third as did teammate John Perroni at 182. Barrington’s Noah Robey, likewise, placed third in the 285-pound, heavyweight class.
Barrington’s Sam Lundsten and former East Providence resident now of East Greenwich Ebed Jarrell placed fifth and sixth, respectively, at 145 pounds. Another East Providence resident, LaSalle’s Derek Forand, placed fourth in the 126-pound division.
Two more locals placed at 160 pounds as East Providence’s Mario Peoples earned third and Mt. Hope’s Sean Thibaudeau fifth. At 170, East Providence’s Austin Baptista placed sixth as was Mt. Hope’s Dominic Lombardo at 195.
In the team title chase, Hendricken won its second consecutive state championship and ninth in school history with 221 points. Exeter-West Greenwich was the runner-up 147, two points more than Cumberland.
Mt. Hope led the East Bay contingent in fourth with 145 points. East Providence placed 13th with 61.5 followed by Barrington in 14th with 60.5. Providence Country Day earned nine points to share 28th among the 35 teams in the competition.