Worcester, MA --- Adam Lynch (New Milford, CT) and Brendan Guarino (Lodi, NJ) each registered pins to help lift visiting Rhode Island College to a 31-12 victory over WPI in a New England Wrestling Association (NEWA) matchup on Wednesday evening. With the result, the Anchormen level their record at 4-4 while the Engineers slip to 0-6 on the season.
The evening started out well for WPI as David Cardenas (Framingham, MA) upset his regionally-ranked opponent 5-2 at 184 pounds. Lynch quickly responded for RIC, posting a first period at 197 to give the Anchormen a lead they would not relinquish.
Brandon Regnaul (Johnston, RI) gave the visitors their first of two tiebreaker wins, claiming a 2-1 victory at heavyweight in the first tiebreaker. Brandon Gauthier (Lowell, MA), ranked second in New England at 125, helped the Anchormen push the advantage 12-3 with a hard-earned 4-2 triumph.
RIC continued to rattle off wins in the middle of the match as Travis Drappi (West Orange, NY) was a 9-2 victor at 133 followed by Mike Trasso (Lyndhurst, NJ) taking a forfeit at 141. Kevin Sutherland (Dauphin, PA) capped off the five-bout Rhode Island College streak with a 12-2 major decision at 149.
WPI's Tyler Howe (Danbury, CT) got the Crimson and Gray back in the scoring column with a first period pin at 157 pounds. It was the seventh pin of the season, who is ranked fifth in New England. After Guarino tallied a defensive pin at 8:11 of his bout at 165, Alex Freilich (Worcester, MA) closed out the scoring with a 7-6 win for the Engineers at 174 pounds.
Both teams are off until Sunday when they head to Bridgewater State for the NEWA Dual Meet Championships. The bracket for the 14-team event will be announced later in week.
|184||Dave Cardenas (WPI) Dec. Chris Dean (RIC)||5-2||0-3|
|197||Adam Lynch (RIC) Pinned Joe Vanni (WPI)||2:46||6-3|
|285||Brandon Regnaul (RIC) Dec. Anthony Corbo (WPI)||2-1 (TB1)||9-3|
|125||Brandon Gauthier (RIC) Dec. Brian Jennings (WPI)||4-2||12-3|
|133||Travis Drappi (RIC) Dec. Mike Perruccio (WPI)||9-2||15-3|
|141||Mike Trasso (RIC) Won by Forfeit||-----||21-3|
|149||Kevin Sutherland (RIC) Major Dec. Matt Taber (WPI)||12-2||25-3|
|157||Tyler Howe (WPI) Pinned Remington Alves (RIC)||2:21||25-9|
|165||Brendan Guarino (RIC) Pinned Tom Lacroix (WPI)||8:11 (TB1)||31-9|
|174||Alex Freilich (WPI) Dec. Brohen Krsuli (RIC)||13-7||31-12|