WORCESTER -- The quartet of Tyler Marsh (Upper Black Eddy, PA), Chase Lind (Fairfield, CT), Dan Wensley (Wakefield, MA) and Austin Shrewsbury (Westfield, MA) all went 3-0 Saturday as No.12 WPI Wrestling opened the dual meet portion of its schedule by going 2-1 in home super quad in the Sports & Recreation Center.
The Engineers defeated Norwich 45-3 in the opener to give head coach Matt Oney his first dual meet victory on Boynton Hill. WPI then defeated No. 21 Castleton 31-19 before falling to No. 24 Stevens (NJ) 21-19.
The hosts won nine of 10 bouts in the opener against the Cadets. First period falls were notched by Michael Aquino (Boston, MA) at 125 pounds, Marsh at 157, Brendan Marion (Norristown, MA) at 174 and Shrewsbury at heavyweight while Pete Nash (Liverpool, NY) pinned his opponent at 149 pounds at 4:08. Andrew Ellis (Arlington, MA) posted a 16-0 tech fall 3:36 into his bout at 133 pounds while Lind posted a 14-1 major decision at 165. Wensley and Michael Curtis (Wells, ME) accounted for the other triumphs with consecutive wins by decision at 184 (9-4) and 197 (15-9) respectively.
In the middle match versus Castleton, the Engineers found themselves in an early 13-0 hold before rattling off five straight victories to take control of the match. WPI started the spurt with a pair of first pins by Nash (0:48) at 149 and Marsh at 157 (2:05) followed by a 14-5 major decision from Lind at 165 and two more falls by Marion at 174 (4:00) and Wensley at 184 (1:32). Shrewsbury closed out the 31-19 victory by pitching a 2-0 shutout over the No.10 wrestler in the country in a battle of regionally-ranked heavyweights.
WPI found themselves again facing a large deficit - this time 18-0 - against Stevens. The Engineers claimed five of the last six bouts but fell short 21-19 to the Ducks. Lind led the charge with a third period fall (6:09) at 165 while Marsh contributed a 11-2 major decision at 157. The hosts closed the event with three straight wins by decision, including Wensley at 184 (3-1), Tyler Wilson (Derry, NH), who was wrestling two weight classes up, at 197 (11-4) and Shrewsbury at 285 (7-3).
In other action in the super quad, No. 14 Roger Williams won three times, defeating Norwich 33-9, Castleton 29-15 and Stevens 24-18. Stevens bested Castleton 25-12 in the event's other match.
WPI is back on the mat on Tuesday, venturing to Western New England for a 7pm dual meet. The other four teams are off until after Thanksgiving. Stevens and Roger Williams take part in the two-day Standard Corporation Invitational at York (PA) on Friday, November 30th and Saturday, December 1st, Castleton competes in the Ted Reese Invitational at Southern Maine on Saturday, December 1st and Norwich joins WPI at the RIT Tournament that same day.
Stevens 21, WPI 19