Wrestling Drops Home Opener to Rhode Island College

David Cardenas

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.   

Weight Result Score/Time Running Score
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