Middletown, CT --- Senior co-captain Brian Amato (Newington, CT) closed out his dual meet career with a pair of victories as WPI wrestling concluded the regular season Sunday at Wesleyan. The Engineers (12-12) dropped a 22-15 decision to the host Cardinals before succumbing to nationally-ranked Centenary (NJ) 25-17.
On a day where the wrestling started at 197 pounds, the Crimson and Gray were trailing 7-0 when Amato took the mat against Wesleyan. The senior got WPI into the win column with a 5-3 triumph at 125.
After the Cardinals posted victories in the next two bouts, a pair of freshmen got WPI back to within seven points at 16-9 as Tyler Marsh (Upper Black Eddy, PA) collected a 4-1 decision in a matchup of regionally-ranked wrestlers at 149 pounds and Ronan Ball (Maynard, MA) grinded out a 6-4 victory at 157. Wesleyan clinched the team triumph with wins in the next two matches before Dan Wensley (Wakefield, MA) had his hand raised for the Boynton Hillers with a forfeit victory at 184.
In the nightcap against the 19th-ranked Cyclones, WPI raced out to a 7-3 advantage when Austin Shrewsbury (Westfield, MA) delivered a 7-3 win at heavyweight and Amato followed with a 11-2 decision at 125. The two victories by Amato on the day give him 64 career dual meet wins, just one short of the school record of 65 held by current assistant coach Justin Marsh '16.
Centenary seized control of the match with victories in the next five bouts but WPI closed the gap late when Lucas Muntz (West Hartford, CT) posted a 12-2 major decision at 174 pounds and Wensley took another forfeit at 184.
WPI now turns its attention to the postseason. Select members will compete next Sunday in the NEWA Futures Tournament at Johnson & Wales as the Engineers also prepare for the NCAA Northeast Regionals scheduled for Saturday, February 25th and Sunday, February 26th at Roger Williams.