Providence, RI --- Tyler Marsh (Upper Black Eddy, PA) advanced to the semifinals and Chris Cook (Mount Kisco, NY), Ronan Ball (Maynard, MA) and Chase Lind (Fairfield, CT) are still in contention for spot at the NCAA National Championships after day one of the Division Northeast Wrestling Regional at Rhode Island College.
As a team, the Engineers tallied 39 points and are tied with Wesleyan for ninth place in the 17-team event, just six points out of seventh. Johnson & Wales (84.5) and NYU (83.0) are in a tightly-contested race at the top.
Marsh, seeded first at 165 pounds and already a two-time NCAA qualifier, was on the mat for just over a total of two minutes on Saturday, notching first period pins in both of his matches. The senior, who is now 27-4 on the season with 15 pins, enters Sunday looking for his second straight regional title.
Cook, Ball and Lind all took the same route to reaching Sunday, notching a victory in the opening round, falling in the quarterfinals and then rebounding with a win-or-go home match in the late afternoon. Cook, ranked sixth at 133 pounds, posted a pair of triumphs by second period tech falls. His loss was a tight 10-7 decision to a wrestler from Southern Maine.
Ball threw the 149 pound bracket a curve when he upset the sixth-seeded wrestler from Trinity with a pin at 3:34. The senior fell 12-8 to the third-seed from Johnson & Wales before punching his ticket to Sunday with a 10-8 triumph over his foe from Castleton. Lind, seeded fourth at 157 pounds, sandwiched second period victories by pin around a tough 6-2 loss in the quarterfinals.
Tyler Riggs (North Scituate, RI) also reached the quarterfinals for the Crimson and Gray. The seventh-seeded 197-pounder opened his day with a 9-4 decision over his opponent from Williams. The rookie then gave the second seeded wrestler from Coast Guard all he could handle before succumbing 7-5 in SV1 and then was eliminated by a wrestler from Springfield. Carter Lewis (Duxbury, MA) also scored points for WPI, recording a third period pin in a consolation bout at 141 pounds.
Brendan Marion (Norristown, PA), Adam Marsh (Upper Black Eddy, PA) and Nikolaos Diakides (Union, NY) also competed Saturday for WPI at 174, 184 and heavyweight respectively. The trio was plagued by difficult draws, particularly Marion, who lost 7-5 to the top-seed from Coast Guard and 5-4 to the eighth-seed from Johnson & Wales.
Second day action continues Sunday at 10:30am. Eight wrestlers remain in each weight class, four in the winner's bracket and four in the consolation bracket. With the top three in each weight class headed to the Nationals in two weeks in Cedar Rapids, IA, several paths exist for qualification. For those in the winner's bracket, a win in semifinal match with punch their ticket while a loss with require two wins later in the today to qualify. The four starting in the consolation bracket with need to win three bouts Sunday to secure a spot in Cedar Rapids, IA.