Ponaganset is one of two schools from the Ocean State to enter the 2022 Ironman. Coach Steven Mineo is looking forward to the tournament. “We entered the Ironman to help raise the ceiling of the wrestling potential in New England by challenging ourselves to travel and compete against the best competition in the Country. The Walsh Jesuit Ironman is one of the absolute toughest tournaments there is, hosting fully loaded brackets of top ranked wrestlers. This early season chance to test our skills in Ohio against the best of the best is an incredible opportunity for our wrestlers!”
Jacob Joyce 126: 2x Rhode Island State Champion (3x Finalist), 2021 NHSCA Runner-Up; 2021-2022 New England Champion; 2022 Super 32 Challenge 7th Place, Ranked 13th in The Country at 126 by Flo Wrestling. Committed to Stanford University.
Jason Hood 150: 2x Rhode Island State Champion, 4th Place 2021-2022 New England Championships
Andrew Reall 157: Rhode Island State Champion 2021-2022, Rhode Island State 3rd place 2020-2021, 6th Place at 2021-2022 New England Championships, 3rd Place 2022 Journeyman Fall Classic. Committed to Brown University
Eric Benavides, Sports Editor of the Valley Breeze News in Lincoln, RI, reports that Ponaganset is a big favorite to win the Rhode Island State championship this year.
Scituate head coach Dan Casey is bringing one wrestler to the 2022 Ironman and he happens to be one of New England’s finest.
Junior Gabriel Bouyssou, is a two-time state champion for the Spartans’ wrestling team, and became the first wrestler from the Ocean State to capture a Greco-Roman national championship when he won the 16U Nationals at the Fargo Dome in Fargo, N.D.
The crown capped a sophomore season that saw him take home the Rhode State, and New England titles. Bouyssou also became a two-time state champion by taking the 138-pound title.
Gabriel’s success has attracted attention from the top programs in the Big 10 and PAC 12 and he’s hoping to make his college decision by the end of the school year.
“This is a surreal and amazing feeling,” Bouyssou said in a press release. “I am so thankful for this incredible opportunity and to be able to achieve this at my age.
“Gabe is attending the 2022 Walsh Jesuit Ironman to continue to face top notch competition.” Said coach Casey. “He strives to compete and subscribes to the motto that “iron sharpens iron”.
Portions of this article were reported by Eric Bernevides, Sports Editor in the Valley Breeze News.