Rochester, NY --- Tyler Riggs (North Scituate, RI) earned bronze at 197 pounds as the freshman led WPI Wrestling to a fourth place finish overall at the 15-team RIT Invitational. The Engineers saw eight wrestlers reach quarterfinals and five advance to the semifinals.
Riggs pinned his Oneonta opponent at 6:45 in the third place match at 197. It was a huge win for the Crimson and Gray as it gave them 103.5 team points, edging out New England College by half a point. RIT led the pack with 154 points, followed by John Carroll (130) and Oneonta (109.5).
The 197 pounder drew two close decisions in the championship rounds against opponents from Oneonta (1-0) and New England College (3-1). He amassed a major decision in the consolation semifinals against Case Western's Kent (15-4) to battle his way back to the third place match.
Chris Cook (Mount Kisco, NY) led the team in points amassing 18.5 on his way to a fourth place showing at 133. Cook pinned four opponents on the day starting with Thiel (0:52) in the championship round. In the consolation rounds, the freshman pinned opponents from Oswego State (3:36), Thiel (0:21) and Oneonta (3:50).
Lind started his day with a first period pin against his John Carroll opponent with 25 seconds remaining in the period. He then earned two decisions against foes from RIT (8-1) and Trinity (5-0). In wrestle-backs, the senior pinned his opponent from John Carroll in the final period (6:21).
Marsh pinned his way to the semifinals against wrestlers from New England College (2:19) and Pitt- Bradford (2:15). In the consolation semifinals, the two-time NCAA qualifier tallied a 2-0 decision in a hard fought match against a John Carroll grappler.
Marion totaled 16.5 team points for the Engineers highlighted by three falls against John Carroll (3:00), Oneonta (5:46) and John Carroll (1:56) on his way to the semifinals. Marion's final victory on the day was a 10-6 decision over Matthews of Oswego State.
Nikolaos Diakides (Union, NJ) began his collegiate wrestling career at 285 with a fifth-place finish. To get there, Diakides won by decision against Thiel (3-2) and RIT (10-4). In the fifth-place bout, he earned a 3-2 decision against his foe from RIT.
Carter Lewis (Duxbury, MA) contributed six team points at 141 pounds while winning his opening matches of the day. Lewis posted a pin against Alfred State (2:15) following an injury default in the opening round.
A combination of Christian Curll (Groton, MA) and Christian Chadwick (Orange, CT) earned points for the Engineers at 125 pounds. Curll pinned his Keystone opponent with just over a minute remaining in the first period, while Chadwick earned a decision against Tweedie of New England College (2-0).
Scoring was concluded for the Engineers with victories from Matthew Rothman (Orange, CT), Adam Marsh (Upper Back Eddy, PA), and Cam Smith (Abington, MA). Rothman and Marsh won by fall against their opponents from John Carroll in their opening bouts. Smith opened his sophomore season with a pin against Oswego State (2:10) before earning a 9-6 decision against a New England College grapler in the consolation rounds.
WPI is now off for exams and the holiday season. They are back in action on Wednesday, January 8th, hosting arch rival Coast Guard at 6pm in the Sports and Recreation Center.