Gorham, ME --- Freshman Zach Hartzell (Gettysburg, PA) captured the championship in the 157-pound class to highlight the WPI wrestling team's performance at the Ted Reese Invitational hosted by Southern Maine on Saturday. Hartzell's title was the first individual crown won by an Engineer since Carl Anderson was victorious at the 2009 Red Dragon Invitational and helped spearhead a Crimson and Gray effort that resulted in a fifth place team showing.
WPI totaled 60 points and finished one position better than a year ago. Trinity won the event with 100 team points.
Hartzell won all three matches on his way to winning his weight class. He began with a pin of his quarterfinal opponent from NYU and closed out the title with a 14-5 major decision over his opponent from Plymouth State.
Four other WPI wrestlers were place-winners in the 11-team event. Alex Freilich (Worcester, MA) posted a third place showing at 174 pounds with a 4-1 record that included a major decision. Tyler Tilbe (Woodbury, CT), Andrew Tanner (Danville, NH), Bryan Barnash (Trumbull, CT) all registered fourth place finishes at 133, 149 and heavyweight respectively. Tanner made his career debut a successful won with a 3-2 mark that included two pins and a 1-0 quarterfinal victory. Barnash used a pair of pins and two medical forfeitures to make his way through the 285-pound class while Tilbe tallied a pair of major decisions.
Brian Jennings (Danbury, CT) and Tom Lacroix (Salem, NH) distinguished themselves by each tallying two pins. Jennings took down opponents from RPI and Southern Maine at 141 pounds while Lacroix pinned rivals from RPI and NYU at 165 pounds. Eli Wolfang (Warren, RI) also added a pin at 141 while Kelly Kalbacher (East Hampton, NY) chipped in with a victory at 165. Teddy Kostopoulos (Milford, CT) racked up a major decision in the winner's bracket at 197 and DJ Russo (Terryville, CT) marked his collegiate debut with a win at 125.
Others competing for WPI on Saturday included Scott Carpenter (Calais, ME) at 133 pounds, Matt Taber (Berkley, MA) at 141, Mike Perruccio (Pelham, NH) and Austin Brais (Plainville, MA) at 149, and Duncan MacKinnon (Colchester, CT) and Andres Pedraza Rayo (Mamaroneck, NY) at 165.
The meet marked the final traditional weight-class tournament for the Engineers before February's NEWA Championships. WPI hosts Springfield on Wednesday for the first dual meet of its 50th anniversary season. The contest is slated for a 7pm start.
Team Scores (PDF)