Bristol, RI --- WPI's Tyler Marsh (Upper Black Eddy, PA) and Dan Wensley (Wakefield, MA) each won a pair of bouts to advance to Sunday's semifinals while four others remain alive following day one of the NCAA Division III Northeast Regional Wrestling Championship Saturday hosted by Roger Williams. As team the Crimson and Gray have racked up 41.5 points to place seventh, just a half point behind sixth place Oneonta State. Johnson & Wales leads the 19-team event with 89 points.
Marsh and Wensley will both only have to just win once on Sunday in the winner's bracket to qualify for the NCAA national championships and twice to claim the regional crown while the other four will need three victories to punch their tickets to nationals.
Marsh won his matches in impressive fashion at 149 pounds. The fourth-seeded freshman pinned Yo Akiyama from Williams in the second round before posting a 8-0 major decision against Nicholas Heck of Oneonta State in the quarterfinals. Wensley showed more of flair for the dramatics in his two matches at 184. The seventh-seeded sophomore pinned Kolby Smith of Southern Maine in the third period and then defeated Dan Fiorvanti of Coast Guard 2-1 in TB1 in the quarterfinals.
125-pounder Brian Amato (Newington, CT), 133-pounder Stephen Jendritz (Rockford, MI), 197 pounder Michael Curtis (York, ME) and heavyweight Austin Shrewsbury (Westfield, MA) all reached the quarterfinal and then won a consolation bout to advance to Sunday. Fifth-seeded Amato began his day with a quick 16-0 (1:41) tech fall over Michael Garone of Western New England. After a loss 6-2 to No. 4 Tyreek Staton from Castleton, the 2015 All-America bounced back by besting Earl Roberts of Coast Guard 5-3. Jendritz, seeded fourth in the tournament, was drawn into a preliminary bracket and defeated Dylan Jones from Wesleyan 6-1 and then grinded out a 3-2 decision against Ben Morton of Williams 3-2. Following a last second loss by pin to No. 5 Jason Jacobi from Roger Williams, the junior moved onto Sunday by pinning Jason Sulinski of Bridgewater in the first period.
In the heavier weight classes, both Curtis and Shrewsbury alternated wins and losses to go 2-1 on the day. Eighth-seeded Curtis kicked off his day by pinning Peter Pjetri from Oneonta State at 6:04. After being defeated by top-seeded Devon Carrillo of Wesleyan, the sophomore delivered a 8-1 decision versus Sebastain Dziadkiewicz from Williams. Shrewsbury notched a 7-3 triumph against Domenic Liquori of Western New England in his opening bout and then dropped a tough 3-1 decision to second-seeded Kyle Foster from Roger Williams. The seventh-seeded Shrewsbury assured himself a spot Sunday by pitching a 2-0 shutout of Thomas Arseneault of Bridgewater State.
Lucas Muntz (West Hartford, CT) reached the quarterfinals as the seventh seed at 174 pounds by pinning Carl Sangree of Williams at 4:31. The senior then lost his next two bouts to close out his standout four-year career.
Andrew Ellis (Arlington, MA) and Ronan Ball (Maynard, MA) both picked up victories in consolation bouts. Ellis posted a 15-0 tech fall at 3:27 over Logan Larsen of Bridgewater State at 141 pounds while Ball knocked off Daniel Murphy from Oneonta State 12-9 at 157. Chase Lind (Fairfield, CT) also competed for the Engineers at 165 pounds.
Action on Sunday at Roger Williams is slated to begin at 10am.