WPI President Dennis Berkey and members of the WPI Board of Trustees, along with the Moonraker 2.0 robot, broke ground today for a 145,000-square-foot sports and recreation center. The new center will be built into the hillside at the west end of the WPI Quadrangle and is designed to meet LEED certification standards. The facility is scheduled to open in August 2012.
Worcester, MA --- WPI Director of Physical Education, Recreation and Athletics Dana L. Harmon announced today the hiring of Steve Hall as the Head Wrestling Coach. Hall replaces Lance Baden and Rob Polin, who served as co-head coaches this past season. Hall was standout heavyweight wrestler in the mid-1980s for Hall of Fame coach Phil Grebinar. After graduation Hall served as an assistant coach under Grebinar for four years.
Worcester, MA --- WPI Director of Physical Education, Recreation and Athletics Dana L. Harmon announced today the resignation of co-head wrestling coaches Lance Baden and Rob Polin. Baden had been the head coach the past three years while Polin, after two stints as an assistant coach, joined him as a co-head coach in the fall of 2009.
Worcester, MA --- WPI wrestler Tyler Howe was recently honored by the National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) as a Scholar All-American. He is the first Engineer to be honored with the award since Joe Laskowski earned the accolade in 1994. The individual and team award winners were announced and recognized as part of the NCAA Division III Wrestling Championships in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
Springfield, MA --- Carl Andersons quest for a NEWA title ended tonight as he was defeated twice by defending champion Dan Bloom of Wesleyan in the championship round at 125 pounds. Despite the losses, Anderson is WPIs first NEWA finalist since Joe Moskowitz won the championship at 157 pounds in 2004 and his performance, along with Tyler Howes fifth place showing at 149 pounds, helped the Engineers finish 12th, its best team placing since 2005.
Springfield, MA --- Carl Anderson advanced to the winners bracket finals at 125 pounds to highlight WPIs performance at the first day of competition at the New England Wrestling Association (NEWA) championships hosted by Western New England College on Saturday. Tyler Howe is also still alive at 149 pounds for the Engineers, who are 11th place with 21 points after the opening day.
Worcester, MA --- Wednesday's winter storm has forced the postponements of three WPI Athletics events to Thursday. The Men's Basketball contest at Coast Guard and Women's Basketball game at Mount Holyoke will remain 7pm starts while Wrestling will now have a 8pm start time for its match versus Roger Williams. For updated schedule information, follow us on Twitter at @WPIAthletics.
Worcester, MA --- Bridgewater State rallied from an early 15-0 deficit by winning six straight bouts to defeat host WPI 27-18 in a NEWA matchup on Saturday afternoon. WPI had jumped out to an early advantage when Dan Gilman opened the match with a pin at 125 pounds, Matthew Poppa won by forfeit at 133 and Carl Anderson won a tight 4-3 decision at 141.
There is plenty of exciting WPI athletics action on tap for Saturday. Five teams have home contests on Saturday as crunch time approaches for the winter sport squads. Saturday marks the final home contests for Wrestling and Men's and Women's Swimming and Diving. All three teams face Bridgewater State with wrestling on campus at noon in Alumni Gym and the swim meet at Clark beginning at 1pm. If basketball is your game, Harrington Auditorium is the place to be. Men's Basketball gets things started at 1pm versus rival Wheaton while Women's Basketball faces NEWMAC unbeaten Babson at 3pm. At the doubleheader, the two programs will honor the memory of Mary Chatfield and welcome many children from Big Brothers-Big Sisters.
Worcester, MA --- WPI rallied in dramatic fashion to win the final three bouts to force a 23-23 tie with NEWA rival Coast Guard on Tuesday evening. Trailing 23-8 after seven matches, WPI received a first-period pin from Joe Pasquerelli at 285 and a forfeit victory from Matthew Poppa at 125 to slice the deficit to 23-20. That set the stage for Carl Anderson. WPI's lone senior rallied from a third period deficit to win the bout 5-4 in the final 10 seconds.
Williamstown, MA --- Carl Anderson and Joe Pasquerelli combined for five wins for WPI as the Engineers completed in the NEWA-Metro Duals hosted by Williams on Saturday afternoon. Anderson went 3-0 on the day, win by decision versus his opponents from the College of New Jersey and NYU and by major decision against Hunter. Pasquerelli, got his first career win by forfeit versus NYU before a pin just 1:11 into his match against Hunter.
Springfield, MA --- The WPI wrestling team placed 14th at the NEWA Team Duals on Sunday. The Engineers went 1-3 during the 15-team event and are now 2-13 on the season. The Crimson and Gray opened the event with a 47-0 loss to third-seeded Wesleyan before dropping a 24-14 decision to Western New England. WPI broke in to the win column with a 31-18 victory over MIT. The win is the 499th victory in the history of the storied program. The Engineers were defeated by Coast Guard 49-6 in their final match of the day.
Worcester, MA --- Western New England College used a major decision and a pin late in the match to defeat host WPI 26-15 in a matchup between New England Wresting Association (NEWA) rivals on Saturday afternoon. David Cardenas, Tyler Howe, Anthony Corbo, and Carl Anderson all registered wins on the day for the Engineers.
Providence, RI --- Seniors Joe Manley and Ray Moore notched back-to-back pins to help secure a 31-9 win for the Rhode Island College wrestling team over WPI on Wednesday night at The Murray Center. The Engineers picked up two early wins as senior Carl Anderson and freshman Dan Gilman each earned three-point decisions at 125 and 133. Tyler Howe also won for WPI at 157.
Worcester, MA --- The WPI wrestling program and athletic department mourns the passing Ray Cherenzia 73. Ray lost his three-year battle with brain cancer on Saturday, January 9th. Cherenzia was a captain on head coach Phil Grebinar's first team in 1972-1973 and placed at 142 pounds in the New England Championships in 1973.
Gorham, ME --- Junior Tyler Howe and senior Carl Anderson both won a pair of matches to highlight WPI's performance Saturday at a quad meet hosted by Southern Maine. Other WPI winners on the day included heavyweight Anthony Corbo against Southern Maine, and Alex Pittera and David Cardenas at 141 and 174 respectively against Plymouth State. Pittera's win came via a first period pin.
Worcester, MA --- Tyler Howe's three wins highlighted WPI's performance Saturday afternoon in a home quad meet with Johnson & Wales, Oneonta State and Williams. Howe, ranked #2 in New England at 157 pounds, pinned his opponents from Johnson & Wales and Williams en route to running his record to 13-2 on the season. WPI is off until January 9th when they travel to Southern Maine for a quad meet with Plymouth State and Trinity.
Worcester, MA --- For those unable to attend todays home wrestling quad match with Johnson & Wales, Oneonta State and Williams, you can follow along on Twitter. Follow @WPIWrestling for match-by-match updates of all WPI matches and follow @WPIQuadMatch09 for all other matches. For more information on Twitter and WPI Athletics, please read inside.
Worcester, MA --- Springfield won four straight bouts after falling behind early 3-0, and defeated host WPI 29-15 in a New England Wresting Association (NEWA) contest on Tuesday evening. The Pride was wrestling in its first dual meet of the season and is now 1-0, while WPI dropped to 0-2. Carl Anderson, Tyler Howe, Garrett Yablonski and Anthony Corbo each picked up wins for WPI on the night.
Northfield, VT --- Norwich won the last three bouts en route to defeating visiting WPI 23-15 in a matchup of NEWA schools on Saturday afternoon. With the result, Norwich evens its dual meet record at 2-2 on the season while WPI is now 0-1. Tyler Howe, who was bumping up a weight class, got WPI off on the right foot at 165 pounds. The junior pinned his opponent just 45 seconds into the first period to give the visitors a 6-0 lead.
Oneonta, NY --- Carl Anderson continued his impressive start to his senior season, winning the 125-pound weight class to lead the Engineers to a seventh-place finish in the Red Dragon Invitational at SUNY-Oneonta on Saturday. Anderson's win marks the first time a WPI wrestler has won at the highly-competitive Red Dragon Invitational since 2004. Mike D'Onofrio took home the title at 197 pounds five years ago.
Bristol, RI --- The WPI wrestling team opened the 2009-2010 season on Saturday at the Roger Williams Invitational. The Crimson and Gray amassed 40 points to finish in 10th place at the 12-team event.
The Engineers got a pair of strong performances from tri-captains Carl Anderson and Tyler Howe. Anderson won three of four matches, including a pin in just 32 seconds in his opening bout, to place second at 125 pounds.
Worcester, MA --- The WPI Athletic Department, Poly Club, and Hall of Fame Selection Committee is proud to welcome its 27th Class, the Class of 2009. The five newest members were inducted on Friday, October 30, 2009 as part of Homecoming Weekend. They inductees include: Kerri (Coleman) Oldmixon 03 - Track and Field; John Loonie 87 - Basketball; Larry Penoncello 66 - Basketball; Jonathan Pires 00 - Football and Garrett Trombi 95 - Wrestling.
Worcester, MA --- WPI Director of Physical Education, Recreation and Athletics Dana L. Harmon announced today that Rob Polin has been elevated to co-head wrestling coach. Polin joins former teammate Lance Baden at the helm of the Engineer program. Polin was a standout wrestler for Hall of Fame head coach Phil Grebinar in the late 1990's, earning a pair of All-New England honors WPI.
Worcester, MA --- Hall of Fame Induction Ceremonies are just over two weeks away and limited tickets are still available. The 27th annual event will be held in the Campus Center Odium on Friday, October 30th beginning at 6:30pm. Inductees include: Kerri (Coleman) Oldmixon 03 - Track and Field; John Loonie 87 - Basketball; Larry Penoncello 66 - Basketball; Jonathan Pires 00 - Football and Garrett Trombi 95 - Wrestling.
Worcester, MA --- Legendary Iowa State Wrestling Coach Bobby Douglas will be hosting a wrestling clinic at WPI on Sunday, October 25th. The clinic, presented by BrickHouse Wrestling & Fitness and in association with the WPI wrestling team and National Wrestling Hall of Fame - MA Chapter, will be held in Alumni Gym from 11am-2pm with a meet and greet scheduled for 10am.