Anderson Falls in Finals as Wrestling Places 12th at NEWA Championships

Carl Anderson

Springfield, MA --- Carl Anderson's (Billerica, MA) quest for a New England Wrestling Association title ended this evening as the senior was defeated twice by defending champion Dan Bloom of Wesleyan in the championship round at 125 pounds.  Despite the losses, Anderson is WPI's first NEWA finalist since Joe Moskowitz won the championship at 157 pounds in 2004 and his performance, along with Tyler Howe's(Danbury, CT) fifth place showing at 149 pounds, helped the Engineers finish 12th, its best team placing since 2005.

Anderson began the day on a bright note, defeating Bloom 2-1 in tie-breaker #1 in the winner's bracket championship bout.  After Bloom won a match to get to the championship round, he defeated Anderson 2-1 on riding time as Anderson's bid for scoring moves just barely came after buzzer in both the first and third periods.  NEWA rules provide a winner-take-all rematch if the two finalists had spilt with each other.  In the "if necessary" bout, Bloom expanded on a 3-2 advantage with a scoring move in the waning seconds and ended up winning 6-2.

Anderson, who is now 29-6 on the season, awaits word on a possible wild card selection to the NCAA championships.  The NEWA receives four wild cards, which are selected tonight in a post tournament coaches meeting.  The NCAA Division III Championships begin Friday March 5th in Cedar Rapids, IA.

Howe began the day in the consolation bracket with a 3-1 loss in sudden victory to his opponent from Southern Maine.  Howe then secured fifth place with a 6-0 victory over his opponent from Springfield.  The junior, who was All-New England last season at 157 pounds, finishes his season with a 20-7 mark.   

WPI wrapped up the two-day meet hosted by Western New England with 25 points.  The Engineers also shared the team sportsmanship award with Roger Williams.  David Cardenas (Framingham, MA) and Joe Pasquerelli (Pittsfield, MA) won matches for the Crimson and Gray on Saturday at 174 pounds and 285 pounds respectively.  Other participants for WPI at the championships included Stephen Poppa (Derby, CT) at 133, Alex Pittera (Salem, NH) at 141, Kenny Adams (Wilmington, MA) at 157, Chris Spinelli (Lynnfield, MA) at 165, Sean Donnelly (Londonberry, NH) at 184 and Dylan Billings (Westminster, MA) at 197.  

Williams won the overall championship for the second straight season, tallying 128.5 points.         

Final Brackets (PDF)

Final Team Standings (PDF)