Providence, RI --- Senior Tyler Marsh (Upper Black Eddy, PA) earned all-tournament accolades after going a perfect 3-0 with two pins as WPI finished eighth Sunday at the 16-team New England Dual Meet Championships hosted by Johnson & Wales at the Rhode Island Convention Center.
Chris Cook (Mount Kisco, NY), Brendan Marion (Norristown, PA) and Tyler Riggs (North Scituate, RI) also registered multiple wins for the Crimson and Gray while David Gibson (Goffstown, NH) posted an upset win over a regionally-ranked wrestler.
Eighth-seeded WPI opened the championships against ninth-seeded Bridgewater State. After dropping the opening bout, the Engineers rattled off six consecutive victories to clinch a spot a quarterfinal appearance for their seventh straight time. Chris Cook (Mount Kisco, NY) got the run started with a 6-1 decision at 133 pounds that was followed by a Carter Lewis (Duxbury, MA) 17-6 major decision at 141 and a second period tech fall (16-1) from Ronan Ball (Maynard, MA) at 141.
Chase Lind (Fairfield, CT) kept the training moving at 157 pounds with a 6-3 victory. The 165-pound bout featured the only match of the contest to pit regionally-ranked opponents and it was top-ranked Marsh pinning his eighth-ranked opponent at 1:54. Marion concluded the impressive WPI run with an 18-6 major decision at 174. The Bears won the final three matchups but WPI prevailed 25-19.
In the quarterfinals, WPI faced top-seeded and nationally-ranked Johnson &Wales. The No. 6 Wildcats were victorious 44-3. Gibson accounted for the Boynton Hillers victory in the match, a 6-3 decision over the fifth-ranked grappler at 174 pounds.
The Engineers split the first six matches in their third round meeting with fourth-seeded Castleton and led 13-11 before the Spartans closes out the contest with four straight triumphs to claim a 29-13 victory. Cook notched his second win of the day with a second period pin at 133 pounds before Edward Hay (Bangor, PA) bested his opponent 12-6 at 157 and Marsh blanked his fourth-ranked foe 8-0 at 165 for a major decision.
WPI squared off with Southern Maine in the seventh place match and the two teams each won five bouts but it was the seventh-seeded Huskies that used three pins to pull through on the winning side of a 25-21 score. Lewis and Marsh both notched falls for the Engineers with Lewis' coming in the first period at 141 pounds and Marsh's occurring in the second period at 165. Three others logged wins by decision for the Crimson and Gray, including Matthew Rothman (Orange, CT) 4-2 at 149, Marion 9-6 at 174 and Riggs 7-4 at 197.
Before the final round of wrestling, WPI hall of famer Brian Glatz '90 became the eighth Engineer wrestler and 10th connected to the program to be inducted into the NEWA Hall of Fame.
WPI (5-9) is back in Rhode Island for its next meet, heading to Bristol for a quad featuring host Roger Williams, Trinity and Johnson & Wales. Action is slated to start at 11am.