Marsh, Ilic and Curtis Deliver Pins as Wrestling Defeats Western New England 36-9

Andrew Ellis

WORCESTER -- Tyler Marsh (Upper Black Eddy, PA), Mike Ilic (Parsippany, NJ) and Michael Curtis (Wells, ME) all amassed falls as WPI continued its winning ways on Tuesday night, recording a 36-9 victory over visiting Western New England in a New England Wrestling Association match on Tuesday evening in Harrington Auditorium. 

With the win, the Engineers improve to 3-0 in dual meets while the Golden Bears slip to 1-3 on the season. 

The match-up started with an ultra-exciting bout at 125 pounds.  In a back-and-forth affair, WPI senior Ben Zogby (Franklin, MA) surged ahead 10-9 with a takedown with about 30 seconds remaining in the third period before Nicholas Arborio (Berlin, CT) forced overtime by getting a point just before the final buzzer.  Zogby took home the 12-10 victory with a takedown just 13 seconds into SV 1.  

Stephen Jendritz (Rockford, MI) followed by breaking up a 1-1 deadlock with a takedown with about 30 seconds left in the final period and then a point on riding time to defeat his opponent at 133 points.  Andrew Ellis (Arlington, MA) then gave the hosts their third straight win by decision when he posted a 9-3 victory at 141. 

After Jack Nigro (Closter, NJ) was awarded a forfeit at 149 pounds, Marsh made quick work of his foe at 157, notching a fall just 35 seconds into the bout. The third period dramatics picked back up at 165 pounds when Western New England's Davey Goodall (Chelmsford, MA) responded from a takedown in the final minute to escape with about 20 seconds remaining, and just three seconds away from a riding time bonus, to upset the sixth-ranked New England wrestler.

WPI quickly counted as Ilic collected a fall 50 seconds into his bout at 174 pounds to hand WPI an insurmountable 27-3 advantage.  The Golden Bears earned a fall from John Boyle (Rowley, MA) at 5:37 before WPI closed out the match with victories in the final two matches.  Curtis registered a pin of his own at 4:09 of his bout at 197 while heavyweight Austin Shrewsbury (Westfield, MA) made an escape four seconds into the second period standup in a 1-0 win at 285. 

Both teams are off until after the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.  Western New England hosts Rhode Island College on Friday, December 1st while WPI heads to Rochester, NY for the RIT Tournament the following day.