RIT wrestling announces incoming class of newcomers for 2018-19 season
June 21, 2018

 


ROCHESTER, NY - Under the direction of head coach Jason Bovenzi, the RIT wrestling program has announced its Class of 2022. The group includes 13 talented student-athletes who will compete for roster spots in 2018-19. The Tigers are coming off a successful 2017-18 season in which they won nine dual matches and had three wrestlers qualify for the NCAA Championships.

Below is a quick snapshot of each incoming wrestler who will vie for a roster spot in 2018-19.

Nate Bradley

Before RIT: Wrestled at Athens High School alongside current Tigers Kaidon Winters (Athens, PA/Athens Area) and Chris Horton … was a three-time Pennsylvania State qualifier … placed seventh at 160 lbs. at the 2018 Pennsylavnia State Championships … was 35-9 in 2017-18 … recorded a 114-44 career record with back-to-back 30-win seasons … also played varsity football and baseball.

Personal: Liberal arts major … born in Sayre, Pa. … son of Sarah and Shawn Bradley … has three siblings, Nick, Jilian and Quin.


Joe Brillo

Before RIT: Wrestled at Skaneateles High School … six-year letter winner … holds school records for most career wins (189) and pins (86) … was 189-41 in six seasons … senior captain … six-time All-league selection … two-time league champion … went 35-6 with 18 pins in 2017-18 … also played one year of varsity football and ran cross country.

Personal: Engineering exploration major … born in Syracuse, N.Y. … son of Barb and Joe Brillo.


Chris Dean

Before RIT: Wrestled at Long Branch High School … recorded 108 career wins and led school to District and New Jersey Group 4 State Championship … recorded 26 wins and earned a District Championship in 2017-18.

Personal: Engineering exploration major … born in Long Branch, N.J. … son of Alice and Fred Esposito.


Chris Horton

Before RIT: Wrestled at Athens High School alongside current Tigers Kaidon Winters (Athens, PA/Athens Area) and Nate Bradley … senior captain … went 110-46 in four seasons … won at least 30 matches in three straight seasons, including a career-best 33 in 2017-18 … three-time Sectional Champion … four-time district qualifier … competed at the 2018 Pennsylvania State Championships.

Personal: Chemical engineering major … born in Sayre, Pa. … son of Sharon and Roger Horton … has two brothers, Roger and Brock and one sister, Kiersten.


Ian Houck

Before RIT: Was a standout three-sport athlete at Rondout Valley High School … recorded 168 career wins on the mats … placed sixth at the 2018 New York State Championship at 145 lbs. … was seventh wrestler at Rondout Valley wrestler to place at the state championship … three-time New York State Championship Tournament qualifier … also played varsity lacrosse and soccer … set school record for most saves as a lacrosse goalkeeper (374).

Personal: Film and animation major … born in Rhinebeck, N.Y. … son of Jacqueline and Shawn Houck … has one brother, Timothy.


Joe Mannarino

Before RIT: Wrestled for four years at Clarence High School … had a career record of 91-38 … senior captain … helped lead Clarence to 2018 Class AA Champion … finished fourth in his weight class at the 2018 Section XI Championship.

Personal: Civil engineering technology major … born in Buffalo, N.Y. … son of Joe Mannarino … has one sister, Julie.


Seth Martin

Before RIT: Earned four varsity letters at Conestoga Valley High School … recorded seasons of 20 and 22 wins over the last two seasons.

Personal: University exploiration major … born in Lancaster, Pa. … son of Amy and Jeremy Martin … has one sister, Nicole and one brother, Zach.


Mike McGowan

Before RIT: Was a standout wrestler at Mamaroneck High School … two-time Mamaroneck Athletic Association Award winner … two-time All-League selection.

Personal: Engineering exploration major … born in White Plains, N.Y. … son of Mara Hersh and Felix McGowan … has one sister, Caitlin and one brother, John.


Rey Robinson

Before RIT: Earned four varsity letters at Glenelg Country School … had a career record of 92-45, including a 35-12 mark as a senior in 2017-18 … served as a two-year captain … earned eighth place honors at 160 lbs. at the Maryland State Tournament … garnered All-Conference honors in 2017-18.

Personal: Electrical and mechanical engineering technology major … born in Washington, D.C. … son of Luzmila and Arthur Robinson … has two brothers, Robby and Stephen.


Doug Simmons

Before RIT: Four sport student-athlete at Canastota High School … won the 2018 Central New York State Division II and New York State Championship at 195 lbs. … finished the season with an incredible 41-2 record … three-time Center State Conference and Class C Champion … two-time New York State Championship finalist … was a three-time All-CNY selection in football and two-time sectional qualifier in track … also played varsity baseball.

Personal: Civil engineering major … born in Canastota, N.Y. … son of Heather and Douglas Simmons … has one sister, Emily.


Elijah Sones

Before RIT: Wrestled at Medina High School … was 32-7 in 2017-18 with 12 pins … had an overall career record of 50-25 … 2018 Niagara-Orleans League Champion … served as team captain …

Personal: Accounting major … born in Buffalo, N.Y. … son of Jennifer and Steven Sones … has one brother, Emmanuel and three sisters, Hannah, Sarah and Leah.


Shane Thompson

Before RIT: Earned four varsity letters at Council Rock North High School … had a 33-12 record in 2017-18 … recorded a career mark of 85-56 … senior captain … All-Suburban One National East Champion.

Personal: Civil engineering major … born in Newtown, Pa. … son of Connie and Paul Thompson … has three siblings, Riley, Finn and Bridget.


Jacob Wells

Before RIT: Earned five varsity wrestling letters at Cazenovia High School … had a career mark of 97-60 … was the 2017 and 2018 Sara B. Allen Duals Champion … earned first team All-League and Class C honors in 2016 and 2018 … garnered second team All-League and Class C Accolades in 2017 … also competed in varsity cross country and golf.

Personal: Biomedical engineering major … born in Syracuse, N.Y. … son of Eireann and Michael Wells … has two sisters, Audrey and Maegan and one brother, Brendan.





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