Bristol, RI --- The WPI wrestling team opened the 2010-11 season on Saturday with an eighth place showing at the Roger Williams Invitational. Tyler Howe (Danbury, MA) headlined the Engineer effort with a second place finish at 157 pounds. The event, won by Messiah (PA), marked the head coaching debut of WPI Hall of Famer Steve Hall.
Howe won his first four bouts on the day, including a pair by first period pins and major decision, before falling 5-3 in the finals to his opponent from Coast Guard.
Mike Perruccio (Pelham, NH) went 3-2 at 141 pounds with a pair of pins while senior Kenny Adams (Wilmington, MA) also notched a victory in the weight class. Tom Lacroix (Salem, NH) helped the Crimson and Gray cause with a win at 157 while Alex Freilich (Worcester, MA) rattled off two pins at 165 pounds.
Also wrestling Saturday for WPI was Ethan Truong (Holbrook, MA) at 141, Matt Taber (Berkley, MA) at 149 and Dylan Billings (Westminster, MA) at 197.
WPI returns to the mats next Saturday, participating in the Red Dragon Invitational hosted by Oneonta State.
Weight Class Brackets (PDF)
Team Scores (PDF)