WORCESTER --- WPI seniors Ronan Ball (Maynard, MA), Chase Lind (Fairfield, CT) and Tyler Marsh (Upper Black Eddy, PA) all registered pins as the host Engineers wrapped up the 2019-20 dual meet season with a commanding 44-9 triumph over Western New England on Sunday afternoon underneath the spotlight in Harrington Auditorium.
The win was the 600th dual meet victory in WPI program history. The Crimson and Gray finished the dual meet season with an 8-15 mark while the Golden Bears complete their season with a 12-8 record.
After the Golden Bears' Nick Arborio (Berlin, CT) opened the day with a pin at 2:34 at 125 pounds, WPI rattled off six straight bonus point victories. Chris Cook (Mount Kisco, NY) started the spurt with an 18-2 technical fall at the 3:00 minute mark.
Four straight wins by fall followed for the Crimson and Gray. Carter Lewis (Duxbury, MA) pinned his opponent at 141 pounds in the second period before Ball pinned his foe at 149 just 31 seconds in. Lind then notched a second period fall at 157 pounds and Marsh, the top ranked grappler in New England at 165 pounds, at 45 seconds.
Western New England's Davey Goodall (Chelmsford, MA) stopped the hosts run with a 7-6 victory on riding time at 174 pounds before 184-pounder Adam Marsh got WPI back into the win column with a first period fall and Tyler Riggs (North Scituate, RI) followed with a solid 8-2 victory at 197. Heavyweight Nikolaos Diakides (Union, NJ) closed out the win for WPI with a first period.
Additionally, senior Jake Tappen (Morristown, NJ) took the mat for an exhibition bout at 141 pounds and posted a dramatic 7-6 victory with a reversal in the waning seconds. Ball, Lind, Marsh, Tappen and Christian Curll (Groton, MA) were all honored during pre-match festivities.
Both teams now turn their attention to the postseason. The NEWA Futures Tournament is on Saturday, February 22nd at Western New England while the NCAA Northeast Regional is on Saturday, February 29th and Sunday, March 1st at Rhode Island College.