Collegeville, PA --- Stephen Jendritz (Rockford, MI) and Chase Lind (Fairfield, CT) both reached the finals and two others logged third place finishes as the WPI wrestling team opened the 2017-18 season with a strong showing at the Fall Brawl hosted by Ursinus. The 14-team event did not feature team scoring but the Engineers, along with Division I Navy and York (PA) excelled.
Jendritz won four of five matches at 133 pounds while Lind has his hand raised in victory three of four times at 165. Tyler Marsh (Upper Black Eddy, PA) and Austin Shrewsbury (Westfield, MA) finished in third place at 157 and heavyweight, respectively, while Michael Curtis (Wells, ME) made the quarterfinals at 197. Fourth others reached the quarterfinals including Andrew Ellis (Arlington, MA) at 141, Jack Nigro (Closter, NJ) and Pete Nash (Liverpool, NY) at 149 and Dan Wensley (Wakefield, MA) at 184. Additionally Michael Aquino (Boston, MA) wrestled back from an early loss at 125 to take home a podium placing.
Jendritz began his day at 133 pounds with a forfeit and an injury default and then moved to the finals with a 10-0 major decision and a 6-2 victory. In the finals he dropped a tough 4-2 decision to a Navy returning starter from last season. Lind delivered a pin 38 seconds into his first match and followed that with a 7-3 decision over his opponent from Division I Liberty and a 6-4 win against a York wrestler before falling to 5-3 to another competitor from York.
Shrewsbury won an impressive five matches on his way to third place at 285 pounds. The junior rattled off a pair of late first period falls and then grinded out a 5-3 decision in the quarterfinals versus his opponent from Elizabethtown. After a heart-breaking loss in the semifinals on the riding time to the eventual champion from York, Shrewsbury bounced back with a 9-1 major decision and a 7-1 triumph to claim bronze. Marsh claimed four wins on his way to a third place finish at 157. The sophomore had a 8-1 victory and a pin at 3:17 in the winner's bracket and then showed a flair for the dramatics in the consolation bracket with a fall with four seconds remaining and a 8-7 win over his foe from Johns Hopkins.
Nigro and Nash teamed up for nine wins at 149 pounds. Nash racked up the points with a pin, a forfeit and three major decisions en route to a fourth place performance. Nash also enjoyed major decisions, collecting three of them along with a standard victory on his way to a podium finish. Other spots on the podium were earned by Aquino, who claimed four wins on the day (including a pin) at 125, Ellis, who registered a 17-0 tech fall and two wins by decision, including one in overtime, at 133 and Curtis, who tallied fall and two decision at 197.
Wensley had a great start to his season with a 7-4 triumph and a 6-3 major decision victory at 184 pounds. Other winners on the day included Ben Zogby (Franklin, MA) with a first period pin at 133, Wayne Nolette (Nashua, NH) with a decision and a first period fall at 149, Brendan Marion (Norristown, PA) with a medical forfeit at 165, Tyler Wilson (Derry, NH) with a tech fall and a major decision and Mike Ilic (Parsippany, NJ) with a pin and tech fall at 174 and Ethan Di Renzo (Easton, PA) with a pin at 184.
Wrestling kicks off the home portion of its 2017-18 schedule by hosting a super quad on Saturday. The Engineers will face King's (PA) at 11am and Norwich at 12:30 in the Sports & Recreation Center.