Collegeville, PA --- Tyler Marsh (Upper Black Eddy, PA), Brendan Marion (Norristown, MA) and Austin Shrewsbury (Westfield, MA) all won their respective weight classes as the WPI wrestling team made head coach Matt Oney's debut a successful one at the Fall Brawl hosted by Ursinus on Saturday.
Calculating team scores by adding up the highest point total of every team in each weight class, the Engineers unofficially compiled an event-best 107 points. Seventh-ranked York was second with 85.5 points, and the College of New Jersey third with 81.5.
Marsh, an NCAA Championship participant a season ago, and currently ranked sixth nationally, was dominant on opening weekend, pinning all four of his opponents at 157 pounds. The junior registered second period falls in his first two bouts before pinning his opponent from Delaware Valley (2:25) in the semifinals and York (2:26) at nearly the identical time in the first period.
Marion showed no signs of a sophomore slump as he took top billing at 174 pounds. The top seed from last year's NCAA Northeast regional posted wins by decision in his first two bouts before pinning a wrestler from Elizabethtown in the semifinals and defeating his foe from host Ursinus 9-2 in the finals.
Shrewsbury had to go a longer route to win his crown at heavyweight. The senior won five times on the day, including an opening round, first-period pin versus his opponent from Liberty, and then a 3-1 victory in the championship bout against a foe from the same Division I program.
Wayne Nolette (Nashua, NH) made the finals at 141 pounds. The sophomore racked up points by winning by decision, tech fall and a pin before dropping a tough 12-11 match against a wrestler from the College of New Jersey in the finals.
Seniors Pete Nash (Liverpool, NY) and Dan Wensley (Wakefield, MA) also reached the semifinals for the Crimson and Gray. Wensley took third place at 184 pounds after going 4-1 on the day. The junior started the day with two straight victories by decision and then after an overtime loss in the semis, responded with two more triumphs to claim bronze. Nash rattled off three straight wins in the morning, including a second period fall in the second round on his way to a fourth place showing.
Four other WPI grapplers advanced to the quarterfinals. Seniors Michael Curtis (Wells, ME) and Tyler Wilson (Derry, NH) and junior Chase Lind (Fairfield, CT) battled back and earned their way to fourth place finishes. Curtis won four bouts on the day at 197 pounds, including a second round pin and Wilson grinded out five wins, including four by decision at 174. Lind tallied five wins at 165, which including an opening round tech fall against his opponent from Delaware Valley. Rookie Eddie Hay (Bangor, PA) won his collegiate debut with an 8-0 major decision shutout at 149.
Five of the other 10 Engineers victories on the day came from 133-pounders. Andrew Ellis (Arlington, MA) and Carter Lewis (Duxbury, MA) both won twice while Zach Harris (Westwood, NJ) also had his hand raised in victory. Other victories for the Boynton Hillers came from Christian Chadwick (Orange, CT) at 125, Evan Mackie (Kaiserslautern, Germany) at 141, Tom Strow (Wilmington, MA) at 149, Matt Rothman (Orange, CT) at 157 and Dan Aksman (Needham, MA) at 184.
WPI is back in action next Saturday in its home opener, tangling with Castleton, Norwich and Stevens (NJ) in a super quad. Action begins in the Sports & Recreation Center at 11am.