Hartford, CT --- Brendan Marion (Norristown, PA) and Dan Wensley (Wakefield, MA) each won three bouts as WPI wrestling went 2-1 at a quad match at Trinity that featured three nationally-ranked teams. The No. 19 Engineers rallied to defeat No. 18 Roger Williams 19-15, dispatched host Trinity 30-9 and lost by tiebreaker to No. 20 Wesleyan 22-21.
The day did not start well for the Crimson and Gray, who saw themselves down 15-0 as Roger Williams began the meet by taking the first five bouts, all by decision. The Engineers came storming back to claim the final five matches to pull out the 19-15 victory. Marion got the surge started with the first bonus point win of the day, a 11-3 major decision at 165 pounds.
A pair of one point triumphs by Mike Ilic (Parsippany, NJ) at 174 pounds (8-7) and Wensley at 184 (3-2) got WPI to 15-10 with two matches left. The Boynton Hillers took a 16-15 advantage when Michael Curtis (Wells, ME), who was winning at the time, had his hand raised at 197 with an injury default at 5:00. The heavyweight bout became a winner-take-all match and Austin Shrewsbury (Westfield, MA) delivered the win to WPI with a thrilling 2-1 victory in SV1 to give the Engineers their first victory over the Hawks since February of 2004.
In the middle match versus the host Bantams, the Crimson and Gray jumped up to a 10-0 lead as Michael Aquino (Boston, MA) was awarded a forfeit at 125 pounds, Stephen Jendritz (Rockford, MI) claimed a 10-1 major decision at 133 and Andrew Ellis (Arlington MA) pitched a 4-0 shutout at 141.
After a Trinity win, nationally-ranked Tyler Marsh (Upper Black Eddy, PA) got WPI back on track with a 12-2 major decision at 157 pounds followed by a Marion 9-4 victory at 165. The Engineers also got bonus point wins from Wensley via a 11-1 major decision at 184 and Curtis with a third period pin at 197.
Again Aquino and Jendritz got WPI off to a good start, this time posting back-to-back triumphs against No. 20 Wesleyan. Aquino earned a 3-2 victory on TB1 versus a regionally-ranked opponent at 125 pounds while Jendritz collected a 10-4 win at 133. The Cardinals grinded out decisions at 141 and 149 to even the contest at 6-6 before the combination of Marsh and Marion registered first period falls at 157 and 165 to put the Engineers ahead 18-6.
Wesleyan had three ranked wrestlers in the last four weight classes, included the top ranked 197 and 285 pounds and used pins at 174 pounds and heavyweight and a decision win at 197 sandwiched between a 6-2 victory by Wensley at 184 to force a dramatic 21-21 tie. With the team winning five bouts, two of which by pin, the Cardinals were award the tie-breaking point by the slimmest of margins, a 24-23 advantage in most non Pin, Def, ID, DQ match points and thus won the match 22-21.
WPI has a rare midweek match on Wednesday, hosting No. 25 Coast Guard in a 7pm dual meet in Harrington Auditorium.