Hartford, CT --- Eddie Hay (Bangor, PA) reached the championship round at 157 pounds and Dan Aksman (Needham, MA) placed fourth at 174 to highlight WPI's performance at the New England Wrestling Association (NEWA) Futures Tournament hosted by Trinity on Sunday. As a team the Engineers racked up 54 points en route to finishing sixth in the 14-team event.
Hay was dominant on his way to silver. The freshman amassed a late second period pin, a pair of tech falls by shutout and a narrow 8-7 win by decision before dropping the championship bout. The Crimson and Gray enjoyed tremendous success in the 157 pound weight class as Matt Rothman (Orange, CT) and Ronan Ball (Maynard, MA) combined for six victories in addition to Hay's three. Rothman reached the quarterfinals via a 7-5 triumph and a pin to beat the first period buzzer to go along with a medical forfeit victory. Ball shook off an early lose by roaring through the consolation bracket with a pin and a pair of tech falls.
Aksman also made an impress move progressing through the consolation rounds after an opening loss at 174 pounds. The sophomore amassed bonus point wins with a first period pin, an 18-1 tech fall and a forfeit before dropping a wild 16-12 decision for bronze.
Zach Newlon (Wallingford, PA) and Cam Smith (Abington, MA) both reached the quarterfinals for WPI. Newlon notched a pin at 2:50 in his opening bout at 165 pounds before tallying a 16-1 tech fall in the consolations while Smith pinned his opponent with just 22 seconds left in his opening heavyweight bout. James Krigsman (Manhattan Beach, CA) also had his hand raised after a pin in the consolation bracket of 184 pounds.
Others to compete Sunday included Christian Chadwick (Orange, CT) at 125 pounds, 133-pounders Carter Lewis (Duxbury, MA) and Christian Curll (Groton, MA) and George Horta (Milford, NH) at 184.
The NCAA Division III Northeast Regional is next for WPI. The Engineers compete in the 17-team event next Saturday and Sunday at Johnson & Wales. The top three finishers in each weight class will advance to the NCAA Championships in March in Roanoke, VA by Ferrum.