Rochester, NY --- Tyler Marsh (Upper Black Eddy, PA) and Brendan Marion (Norristown, PA) both won their weight classes and three others reached their championship matches as the WPI wrestling team put on a dominating display Saturday, claiming the team title at the 11-team RIT Invitational.
Keyed by victories by Marsh at 157 pounds and Marion at 165, the Engineers amassed 150.50 team points to easily outdistance NEWA foe Wesleyan (113) and third place Oneonta State (111). Turning in second place performances included Stephen Jendritz (Rockford, MI) at 133, Dan Wensley (Wakefield, MA) at 184 and Michael Curtis (Wells, ME) at 197. Chase Lind (Fairfield, CT) earned bronze at 165 while other podium visitors featured Ben Zogby (Franklin, MA) at 125, Andrew Ellis (Arlington, MA) at 141, Pete Nash (Liverpool, NY) at 149 and Austin Shrewsbury (Westfield, MA) at heavyweight.
In all, 13 Crimson and Gray wrestlers reached the quarterfinals and eight advanced to the semifinals.
Marsh rolled into the semifinals at 157 pounds with second period falls over his opponents from John Carroll and Wesleyan before posting major decisions of 12-0 in the semis and 9-1 in the championship bout over Kaidon Winters of RIT. Marion ran the gauntlet on his decision types in his four victories en route to his title at 164. He started with a 18-0 tech fall and then followed with 10-5 victory and 17-9 major decision before pinning Andrew Gombas of Scranton just 52 seconds into the match.
The trio of Jendritz, Wensley and Curtis all reached the finals with three straight victories. Jendritz kicked off his spurt at 133 pounds with late pin in the waning seconds of the first period and then a 11-3 major decision and a 8-2 triumph before being edged in the finals 5-3 by Kevin Knox of Oneonta. Wensley posted a 8-2 decision in his opening bout at 184 and then pulled out a 3-1 win on sudden victory 1 and a first period pin to reach his championship match where he fell to RIT's Joe Cutugno in tight 5-2 match. Curtis made quick work of his opponent en route to finals, registering first period falls over foes from Norwich, Thiel and Case Western Reserve before also dropping a 5-2 decision in the championship match, this time to Devon Carrillo of Wesleyan.
Lind completed a productive day for WPI 165 pounders by posting four wins. He turned in a second period pin and a 10-3 decision in the winner's bracket and bounced back from a semifinal loss with a pin and a 10-4 victory. Zogby, Ellis and Nash teamed up for 10 wins and three fourth place showings. Zogby delivered four bonus point victories at 125 including a pin, a tech fall and two major decisions while Nash posted a second period pin, a dramatic 7-5 TB1 and a tech fall among his four wins at 149 and Ellis grinded out 8-7 and 8-1 victories at 141.
Shrewsbury had a busy day at heavyweight, winning a team-best five bouts, including a tech fall and pair of extra time triumphs, on his way to a fifth place performance.
Three others reached the quarterfinals, including Ronan Ball (Maynard, MA) at 157 pounds, Mike Ilic (Parsippany, NJ) at 174 and Michael Aquino (Boston, MA) at 125 pounds. Ball had a pin in the final seconds and a narrow 8-5 decision in the winner's bracket while Ilic was impressive with a first period pin and a 9-0 major decision and Aquino collected a 15-3 major decision in his opening bout.
Heavyweight Nick Day (Northampton, MA) made his season debut after helping the football team to its first ever bowl victory and rattled off three straight in the consolation, including a pin and a tech fall. Tyler Wilson (Derry, NH) and Ethan Di Renzo (Easton, PA) each went 2-2 at 174 and 184 pounds respectively. Wilson had a pin the final second of the first period and a 11-2 major decision while Di Renzo recorded a pair of first period falls.
Three others saw their hand raised in victory Saturday. Jake Tappen (Morristown, NJ) had a pin 33 seconds into his opening bout at 133 pounds while Jake Smith (Berkeley Heights, NJ) pinned an opponent at 149 in the waning seconds of the first period and George Horta (Mason, NH) notched a 13-6 win at 184.
WPI returns to New York state next Saturday for the Northeast Duals. The Engineers will face host Oneonta State, Cortland State and Niagara Community College beginning at noon.