1991 All State
103 - Jason Tunstall, Hope
112 - Jason Becker, Coventry
119 - Jared Liquouri, Coventry
125 - Brad Oliver, Bristol
130 - Eric George, Coventry
135 - Ryan Sullivan, Middletown
140 - Kevin Robertson, Warwick Vets
145 - John Lema, Bristol
152 - Matt Fletcher, Ponaganset
160 - Dennis Lanni, North Providence
171 - Jason Hendrick, North Kingstown
189 - Jason Grifka, Bristol
275 - James Picchi, Johnston
103 - Steve Clapprood, North Providence
112 - Marc Botelho, Johnston
119 - Rusty Forgue, Middletown
125 - Scott Toner, Middletown
130 - Jim McKenna, Bristol
135 - Chris Khoury, Johnston
140 - Steve Lake, Narragansett
145 - Andy Cleason, West Warwick
152 - Wayne Hawkins, Coventry
160 - Chris Ferriter, Warwick Vets
171 - Dave McGovern, Bristol
189 - Derek Fish, Coventry
275 - Rob Freelove, Burrillville
Jason Tunstall, Hope, 103 pounds
Tunstall, a Hope High senior, was a finalist last year in state competition. He has a career record of 64-8, and has been a first-team All-League selection since competing as a freshman. His tournament titles this season included the All-Star, Bristol, Ponaganset, and Class C tournaments.
Jason Becker, Coventry, 112 pounds
The 112-pound junior from Coventry, had a league record of 11-0-1 this season and was 21-1-1 overall including his win in the Lancer Holiday Tournament and a second-place finish at the New London Tournament. Last season, he finished fifth in the state meet at 103 and has a career record of 37-8-1.
Jared Ligouri, Coventry, 119 pounds
Ligouri, the second Knotty Oaker to win a state title this year, moved into the varsity position midway through his junior season after capturing two state JV titles in the 119 weight class. A senior, Ligouri completed the regular season with a record of 11-1-0 and was 21-3-1 overall. His career varsity record is 26-4-1.
Brad Oliver, Bristol, 125 pounds
The Bristol freshman has already established himself as a talent to be reckoned with for the next three seasons. At 125 pounds, Oliver captured the R.I. Takedown Tourney, was runner-up in the Mount Anthony (Vt.) and the Northeast Region freestyle tournaments, and was the freshman state champion. His season record was 30-7-1.
Eric George, Coventry, 130 pounds
Coventry's third titlist wrestled at 130 pounds. George, a junior, opened the season by winning at the Takedown Tourney, was second in both the Lancer Holiday and R.I. All-Star tourneys, third in the New London Tournament, and was 12-1 in league competition. His season record was 24-3.
Ryan Sullivan, Middletown, 135 pounds
The Middletown junior is another All-Stater who'll be back to wrestle next season. He continues to improve each year. He began a career as freshman champion in 1989, finished fifth in the states as a sophomore, and captured the All-Star title at 135. Sullivan completed the year with an 18-1 record.
Kevin Robertson, Warwick Vets, 140 pounds
The Warwick Vets junior not only captured the 140-pound state title this year, but was named the State Tournament's Outstanding Wrestler in the process. Finishing first is nothing new for him. he was at the top of the list at Wellesley, Cranston East, Mountville, and the All-Star events this season. He had an 11-0 dual-meet record and was 30-0 overall.
John Lema, Bristol, 145 pounds
Another junior with an impressive record is Bristol's Lema, who finished third last year in the States, was a finalist in the World Cadet freestyle championships, and this season captured titles at Bristol's Holiday Tournament, Wellesley (Mass.) and Mt. Anthony (Vt.) tournaments before securing the 145-pound state crown. His season record was 31-1 and his career mark 86-23.
Matt Fletcher, Ponaganset, 152 pounds
The Ponaganset senior concluded his high school wrestling career by winning the R.I. 152-pound title and was third in that weight class in the New England Championships - the highest finish of any R.I. entrant. He was a freshman state champ, an All-Division selection in both his sophomore and junior years. He earned second-team All-State honors last year. His dual-meet record was 14-0.
Dennis Lanni, North Providence, 160 pounds
At 160 pounds, North Providence's Lanni established himself as one of the state's best in the upper weight classes this season by finishing first in the UNH Takedown Tourney, the Barrington Tournament, and the Northern R.I. Tournament, where he was named the meet's Outstanding Wrestler. A junior, Lanni was unbeaten in dual meets and finished his season with a 32-1 record.
Jason Hendrick, North Kingstown, 171 pounds
Hendrick established an outstanding record of 25-3. After Learning from early-season defeats in the Wilson Cup Tournament and the All-Star Tournament - he finished third in each - the 171-pounder from North Kingstown topped the list of B-Tournament wrestlers and finished his senior season in grand style with a state tournament title.
Jason Grifka, Bristol, 189 pounds
Bristol's third All-Stater is Grifka, who is no stranger to the honor. The 189-pound champion made All-State last year as a junior at 171 pounds. He completed his high school career with a record of 70-32-1. In his senior season, he was victorious at both the Wellesley (Mass.) and Mt. Anthony (Vt.) tournaments and finished the season 20-1-1.
Jim Picchi, Johnston, 275 pounds
One of the few dominant heavyweights to come along in several years, Johnston's Picchi captured titles wherever he competed. The list includes events at Northern R.I., Cranston East Christmas Invitational, Bristol, Barrington, East Lyme (Conn.), the Class B Sectionals, and the R.I. All-Star tournaments. An All-State lineman in football at 6-foot-4, 265-pounds, the senior was 14-0 in dual meets and unbeaten in 39 matches this season.