WORCESTER -- Senior Michael Curtis (Wells, ME) and junior Tyler Marsh (Upper Black Eddy, PA) are headed the Berglund Center in Roanoke, VA for the 2019 NCAA Division III Wrestling Championships. The two-day event begin Friday March 8th and is hosted by Ferrum College.
The duo gives WPI multiple participants for the first time in 16 years when Joe Moskowitz and Peter Kryzyzewski represented the Engineers in the 2003 Championships at Ohio Northern University.
Marsh heads to nationals for the second straight year. The 157-pounder became first Crimson and Gray to win a championship at a national qualifier since Moskowitz accomplished the feat in the same weight class in 2004. Marsh is 23-4 on the season with 10 pins, a technical fall and five major decisions.
Curtis advances to the big stage for the first time in his outstanding four-year career. The senior took a different path to Roanoke, VA than Marsh, falling the quarterfinals of the Northeast Regional and winning four consolation matches, including three on Sunday, to punch his ticket to nationals. The 197-pound is 24-11 on the season and has racked up 10 falls and three major decisions.
Both wrestlers enter the championships unseeded. For the second year in a row, Marsh draws the top seed in the first round at 157 pounds. He will take on undefeated Cross Cannone (27-0) of Wartburg, who won the national championship last year at 149 pounds. Augsburg's Ryan Epps (33-3), Marsh's first round opponent last year, is the defending national champion in the weight class and is seeded second. Curtis is matched up in the first round with Antonio McCloud (34-2) of Mt. St. Joseph (OH). The freshman is seeded fifth and won the NCAA Central Regional just over a week ago.
The pair will look to be WPI's first All-Americas since Brian Amato (Newington, CT) earned the honor at 125 pounds in 2015. All-time the Engineers have had nine different wrestlers take home 12 All-American awards. A top eight-finish earns the All-America honor and secures a spot on the podium.
WPI placed fourth in the 17-team NCAA Northeast Regional under first year head coach Matt Oney. The Engineers wrestled a tough dual meet scheduled and posted a 10-9 record, their sixth straight season with double digit victories and the fourth straight winning campaign.