Roanoke, VA --- WPI's Michael Curtis (Wells, ME) and Tyler Marsh (Upper Black Eddy, PA) competed Friday in the 2019 NCAA Division III Wrestling Championships hosted by Ferrum in the Berglund Center in Roanoke, VA.
It marked the first time since 2003 that the Engineers had multiple grapplers in the national meet after Joe Moskowitz and Peter Kryzyzewski wrestled 16 years ago at the championships hosted by Ohio Northern University.
Both WPI wrestlers faced nationally-seeded competitors in the first round on Friday afternoon. Marsh dropped a 10-2 decision to top-seeded and undefeated Cross Cannone (27-0) of Wartburg at 157 pounds while Curtis fell 9-2 to fifth-seeded 197-pounder Antonio McCloud from Mt. St. Joseph (OH).
The duo came back in the evening with the chance of wrestling back for All-America but each lost narrow decisions in the consolations round. Marsh dropped a tight 4-3 decision to Washington & Jefferson's Hunter Neely while Curtis was defeated 4-0 by Zeckary Lehman of Baldwin-Wallace. The match wrapped up an outstanding career for Curtis, who was never pinned in his four-year career.
The 2018-19 season marked the fourth time in six years and second straight that the Engineers competed at the nationals. This winter, 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.