WORCESTER -- Tyler Marsh (Upper Black Eddy, PA) earned a pair of honors as the New England Wrestling Association (NEWA) revealed their season awards on Monday. The junior was named the conference's Co-Scholar Athlete of the Year and picked up first-team all-New England honors at 157 pounds.
Marsh became WPI's first champion of the NCAA Regional era and back-to-back national qualifier since 2004. The junior closed out the 2018-19 season with a 23-6 record with 10 pins, a technical fall and five major decisions.. A member of the Tau Beta Pi Mechanical Engineering honor society, Marsh has a 3.91 cumulative GPA and a perfect 4.0 for last three semesters. He is a three-time NWCA Scholar All-American and three-time regional placer. Marsh shared Scholar Athlete of the Year honors with Zack Murillo of Wesleyan.
Four other Engineer grapplers picked up honorable mention accolades from the NEWA. Senior Michael Curtis (Wells, ME), a national qualifier at 197 pounds, finished third at the NCAA regional and was 24-13 with 10 pins and three major decisions. Classmate Dan Wensley (Wakefield, MA), the fourth-place grappler at 184, was 30-4 with six pins, two technical falls and five major decisions. Fellow senior Nick Day (Northampton, MA) picked up his second all-conference selection this year after All-NEWMAC honors in football, by going 12-7 with five pins, a technical fall and a major decision. He also placed sixth at the NCAA regional. Brendan Marion (Norristown, PA), who also took sixth at the NCAA regional, was 17-14 with six pins and a major decision at 165.
Additionally freshman Eddie Hay (Bangor, PA) was selected to the NEWA All-Rookie team. The 149-pounder completed his debut campaign 19-7 with six pins, four technical falls and three major decisions.
Impressively, all six WPI wrestlers that earned recognition for their accomplishments on the mat also were named to the conference's All-Academic team. The Engineers led the 16-team conference with 16 All-Academic team members and posted the third highest average GPA of their 10 starters (3.359).
Day, Marsh, Wensley along with classmates Andrew Ellis (Arlington, MA), Pete Nash (Liverpool, NY) and Tyler Wilson (Derry, NH) earned the honor for the fourth straight year while juniors Marsh and Chase Lind (Fairfield, CT) were three-time honorees. Marion picked up his second straight award while first time winners included sophomores Dan Aksman (Needham, MA) George Horta (Milford, NH), Zach Newlon (Wallingford, PA), Scott Rementer (East Moriches, NY) and freshmen Hay, James Krigsman (Manhattan Beach, CA) and Matt Rothman (Orange, CT).