Worcester, MA --- Seniors Anthony Corbo (Port Washington, NY), Tyler Howe (Danbury, CT) and David Cardenas (Framingham, MA) all tallied victories in their final home match to spark WPI to a 27-16 win over Norwich in a New England Wrestling Association (NEWA) match on Thursday evening. The Engineers have won two straight contests to close out the dual meet season with a 3-12 mark while Norwich slips to 2-12 overall.
WPI jumped out of the gates quickly to a 12-0 lead as Corbo and Mike Perruccio (Pelham, NH) scored wins by decision at heavyweight and 133 pounds respectively, sandwiched around a Brian Jennings (Danbury, CT) forfeit victory at 125.
The Cadets climbed back into the match with back-to-back wins. Nick Monaco (Nassau, NY) claimed a 13-4 major decision at 141 pounds before Evan Poole (West Milford, NJ) pitched a 6-0 shutout at 149 to close the gap to 12-7.
Howe got WPI back on the board with a first period pin at 157 pounds. Ranked sixth in New England, the senior captain notched his 11th pin to improve to 18-6 on the season.
After Cody Griswold (New Milford, CT) rallied for a late 4-3 victory for Norwich at 165, WPI secured the victory with wins in the next two bouts. Alex Freilich (Worcester, MA) pinned his opponent at 174 at 4:52 before Cardenas ended his home career with a 10-4 triumph at 184.
Henry Marley (Kingston, NY) closed out the night with a second period pin for the visitors.
Both teams turn their attention to next week's New England Championships. The two-day, 14-team event begins Saturday, February 26th and will be hosted by Trinity.
Weight Result Score/Time Running Score
285 Anthony Corbo (WPI) Dec. Anthony Joyce (NU) 3-1 3-0
125 Brian Jennings (WPI) Won by Forfeit ----- 9-0
133 Mike Perruccio (WPI) Dec. Kyle Brouillette (NU) 8-3 12-0
141 Nick Monaco (NU) Major Dec. Stephen Poppa (WPI) 13-4 12-4
149 Evan Poole (NU) Dec. Matt Taber (WPI) 6-0 12-7
157 Tyler Howe (WPI) Pinned Abe Bray (NU) 2:31 18-7
165 Cody Griswold (NU) Dec Tom Lacroix (WPI) 4-3 18-10
174 Alex Freilich (WPI) Pinned Chris Schenk (NU) 4:52 24-10
184 Dave Cardenas (WPI) Samuel Kent (NU) 10-4 27-10
197 Henry Marley (NU) Pinned Joe Vanni (WPI) 4:06 27-16