Manheim, PA --- WPI Wrestling head coach Steve Hall '87 has been named as the National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) NCAA Division III Northeast Region Coach of the Year. Hall, in his eighth year guiding his alma mater, will be busy this weekend on and off the mat as the Engineers are hosting the NCAA Division III Northeast Wrestling Regionals Saturday and Sunday in the Sports & Recreation Center.
During the dual meet season, the 21st-ranked Crimson and Gray went 18-4, including a split with No. 19 Roger Williams and a triumph over No. 24 Coast Guard. The 18 wins rank third in program history and it is the most wins since the 1993-94 campaign. Three of the four setbacks were to fellow nationally-ranked teams as of February 19. The year began with the RIT Invitational team title before WPI finished a program-best third place at the NEWA Dual Meet Championships.
Seven wrestlers were ranked in the final NEWA individual rankings. Freshman Brendan Marion (Norristown, PA) headlines the list atop the 165 scroll while sophomore Tyler Marsh (Upper Black Eddy, PA) and junior Austin Shrewsbury (Westfield, MA) are second at 157 and 285, respectively. Senior Stephen Jendritz (Rockford, MI) is third at 133 as junior Michael Curtis (Wells, ME) is fourth at 197, senior Jack Nigro (Closter, NJ) is sixth at 149 and junior Dan Wensley (Wakefield, MA) is sixth at 184.
Academically, the Engineers, who currently own a 3.20, have been a mainstay the past five years among the top three teams in the NEWA. After boasting three NWCA Scholar All-Americas in 2016-17, including a three-time honoree, the Boynton Hillers are expected to tout four to six selections in 2017-18. Hall and the team are also involved in Relay for Life.
Hall is being honored alongside Jim Moulsoff (No. 2 Augsburg), Marty Nichols (No. 3 Ithaca), Joe Norton (No. 12 North Central), Jamie Gibbs (No. 6 Baldwin Wallace) and Bryan Brunk (No. 15 Messiah). Oddly enough, Augsburg and Ithaca are also serving as regional hosts this weekend.