Collegeville, PA --- Southeastern Pennsylvania natives Tyler Marsh (Upper Black Eddy, PA), Brandon Marion (Norristown, PA) and Adam Marsh (Upper Black Eddy, PA) had a successful homecoming on Saturday as the trio combined to win 10 of 12 bouts to help WPI claim three of four matches at the North-South Duals hosted by Ursinus.
Following a tight 22-18 loss to Merchant Marine (NY) in their opener, the Engineers (4-6) reeled off triumphs over Pennsylvania schools Alvernia (45-6), Scranton (26-14) and Penn College (33-16).
Tyler Marsh was a perfect 4-0 on the day at 165 pounds while Marion and his brother Adam each went 3-1 at 174 and 184 pounds respectively. Both of the Marsh brothers tallied a pair of first period pins. Chris Cook (Mount Kisco, NY) was included in the pin parade with two of his own at 133 pounds on his way to a 3-1 day while Matthew Rothman (Orange, CT) had an identical record with one of his wins coming by tech fall.
Edward Hay (Bangor, PA) posted a 2-1 record at 157 pounds and was joined with two wins by 125-pounder Christian Chadwick (Orange, CT) 141-pounder Carter Lewis (Duxbury, MA) and 197-pounder Tyler Riggs (North Scituate, RI). Others to notch victories on the day for WPI included Christian Curll (Groton, MA) at 125, Chase Lind (Fairfield, CT) at 157 and heavyweight Nikolaos Diakides (Union, NJ).
In the opener against Merchant Marine, Diakides won a narrow 4-3 decision at 285 pounds to dent the scoring column for the Engineers. Curll and Rothman won by forfeit to secure six points each. In game down to the final three matches with WPI needing to win two but Tyler Marsh picked up the victory down the stretch with 9-3 decision.
In WPI's second match of the day, the team went 9-1 earning 45 points against Alvernia. Back-to-back pins at 133 and 141 extended the teams lead to 18 as Cook and Lewis felled their opponents after 2:50 and 6:40, respectively. The Engineers then alternated between decisions and falls from 149 to 197. Hay battled his way to a 13-8 decision at 157 followed by Tyler Marsh who pinned his opponent at 1:29 after an early first period takedown. Marion added three to the Engineers total with a decision at 174 pounds edging his opponent 4-3. Adam Marsh followed his brother's lead with a quick first period pin (1:14) to put him in the win column for the first time today. To round out the wins for the Engineers in the second dual of the day, freshman Riggs capped off the match with earned a 5-3 decision against his opponent.
After falling behind to Scranton 5-0 in the opening bout at 125, Cook pinned his opponent at 0:41 to put the Crimson and Gray on the board. Rothman issued a 15-0 tech fall to his foe, followed by a quintet of decisions from Lind (5-2), Tyler Marsh (8-3), Marion (7-4), Adam Marsh (7-4), and Riggs (6-0).
In the final dual of the day, Cook fought for a 15-0 technical fall at 133 before Lewis (12-7) and Hay (8-3) ended their matches with decisions over Penn College grapplers. The brother duo of Tyler Marsh and Adam Marsh issued bookend pins at 165 and 184 while Marion won via a 22-14 major decision at 174 pounds.
WPI is back in action a week from Sunday at the NEWA Duals hosted by Johnson & Wales at the Rhode Island Convention Center. Wrestling is scheduled to start at 10am.