2020 All State
106 - Corbin Dias, Cumberland
113 - Hayden Myers, Coventry
120 - Tim Cook, Ponaganset
126 - Mike Joyce, Ponaganset
132 - Colby Reilly, Cumberland
138 - Justin Hood, Ponaganset
145 - Aidan Zarrella, North Kingstown
152 - Dominic Bonanno, Chariho
160 - Chris Matarese, North Providence
170 - Tyler Shaw, Cumberland
182 - Jonathan Feliz, Hope
195 - Ed Wild, South Kingstown
220 - Anthony Tortoram, North Kingstown
285 - Edison Guarcas, Hope
Expectations were high for Joyce at Ponaganset and the freshman met every one of them. He replicated the feat of his brother Michael two years ago — albeit in a different weight class — winning a state title in his first RIIL Wrestling Championship meet. At his New England Wrestling Championships debut, Joyce lost his first match but won his second before being eliminated.
After finishing second the last two seasons, Gillis finally got the gold medal he was waiting for. He took care of business against Coventry’s Hayden Myers in a 7-3 win and helped the Clippers claim the team title. At the New England Championships, Gillis lost his opening match but won his next two consolation-round matches before being eliminated.
There was never a doubt how Fry was going to close his career. The Oaker senior wanted to end things in Rhode Island with a pin and he did just that, beating Ponaganset’s Tim Cook in 2:38 for his third straight gold medal, his first at 120. At the New England Championships, Fry lost in the semifinals to the eventual champion before falling in his fourth-place match.
Fallon has been one of the state’s best wrestlers his entire career and this past winter was no different. He claimed his third state championship with a thrilling win over Ponaganset’s Mike Joyce at 126 and he may have had a fourth title had it not been for an injury in his sophomore season. At the New England Championships, Fallon lost in the quarterfinal round to the eventual champion.
When Clarke saw close friend and teammate Joziah Fry close out his match with a pin, the senior knew he wanted to end things the same way. Clarke had the shortest match of the finals, beating Cumberland’s Colby Reilly in 1:04. He cruised at the New England Championships, winning his first three matches and earned the title with a 5-3 decision over Devin Matthews.
A 100-win wrestler for Lincoln High School the previous three seasons, Lynch moved to Cumberland and became a state champion. It wasn’t easy, but his 6-4 decision over Ponaganset’s Justin Hood earned Lynch his first state crown and helped the Clippers pick up the team title. At the New England Championships, Lynch won his first match before getting sent to the consolation round, where he won again before being eliminated.
The winningest wrestler in Chariho history closed out his career in fantastic fashion. Merritt, a senior and the son of the Chargers’ long-time head coach, earned his first state championship since his freshman season with a 6-0 win over North Kingstown’s Aidan Zarrella. Then, at the New England Championships, Merritt worked his way through the bracket and finished fourth.
Last year Faria was the state runner-up and was a fourth-place finisher at the New England Championships. This past season, he was even better. Faria picked up an intense 1-0 win over Chariho’s Dominic Bonanno in the 152 final at the RIIL Championships to claim his first state crown. At the New England’s, Faria wrestled himself to the 152 final before losing to a 6-3 decision to eventual champ Trey Sung.
The junior was more than fine this year. He was downright nasty. Fine, a state champ at 138 pounds last season, dominated all comers this year at 160. Fine took down North Providence’s Chris Matarese, 10-0, in the RIIL championships and went on a tear at the New England Championships. He won his first three matches before falling, 2-0, to Brevin Cassella in the championship match.
After brother Ben won the 170-pound title last winter, Dougherty wasn’t quite ready to let the championship go to another family. The Chargers’ senior won his first career gold medal with a 5-2 win over Cumberland’s Tyler Shaw. The season didn’t end there; Dougherty advanced to the semifinals of the New England Championships before finishing fourth.
He stepped onto the wrestling scene last year with his first state title at 182 and this winter prove it was no fluke. Grifka was an unstoppable force all season and dominated the 182 class at the state tournament, beating Hope’s Jonathan Feliz for the title, 12-1. At the New England Championships, Grifka lost his second match, then ripped off four straight wins, beating Spencer Fetrow, 7-0, for third place.
Walking around the PCTA with his curly afro, mustache and black-rimmed glasses, Marchione didn’t look like someone who was about the take down the rest of the 195-pound field. He did. The senior worked his way through the brackets and into the final, beating South Kingstown’s Ed Wild, 4-2, for his first state championship.
Last year Bailey’s season ended with a loss in the 220-pound state championship match. The way Bailey made his way through the bracket this winter, a title was his destiny. And in the final, the senior left no doubt, beating North Kingstown’s Anthony Tortora, 16-9, ending his career as a state champion. He won his first match at the New England Championships before losing the next two, ending a terrific career.
It’d be hard to find a bigger surprise at the RIIL Wrestling championships than Betancur. The sophomore had never beaten defending champ Edison Guarcas but in the final, Betancur got an early 1-0 lead and held on to dethrone the Hope superstar. He nearly found the same magic at the New England Championships, losing his second match before crushing the consolations on his way to a third-place finish.