The Wilkes Open is described in eastern circles as the Rose Bowl of college wrestling. Thursday, Rhode Island College found out the path of a Division III school to the Rose Bowl is a daunting task.
Three RIC wrestlers found their way to wins in the event. Unfortunately, Zach Ford (Flagler Palm Coast ’13) was not one of those wrestlers. Ford went 0-2 in the tournament, competing at 157 for the Anchormen and wrestling against two Division I competitors.
After a first-round bye, Ford took a 13-10 loss to University of Buffalo’s Kobe Garrehy, dropping him into the consolation rounds, where he lost by technical fall, 20-2, to Virginia’s Michael Murphy.