Cardenas, Howe, Perruccio and Freilich Pick Up All-New England Wrestling Accolades

David Cardenas

Worcester, MA --- Four different WPI wrestlers officially earned All-New England honors on Sunday as the Engineers wrapped up the two-day New England Wrestling Association (NEWA) Championships hosted by Trinity.  Senior David Cardenas (Framingham, MA) placed fourth at 184 pounds while Tyler Howe (Danbury, CT), Mike Perruccio (Pelham, NH) finished fifth at 157 and 133 and Alex Freilich (Worcester, MA) sixth at 174.

The Engineers were 11th as a team with 39 points, just three points behind 10th place Coast Guard.  Springfield won the team championship with 141 points.  The four All-New England performers and 11th place team showing were the best for the Crimson Gray in both categories since 2005. 

To open day two, Cardenas knocked off his opponent at 184 pounds from Roger Williams before dropping a tight 7-5 decision to opponent from Williams.  Howe lost to a wrestler from Roger Williams at 157 before bouncing back to defeat his opponent from Wesleyan 6-1 to put the bow on his third All-New England accolade.  Perruccio lost to the top ranked wrestler at 174 from Springfield then came back to vanquish his opponent from Bridgewater State to secure fifth place.  Finally, Freilich fell to his opponent from BSU before taking a medical forfeit in his final bout at 174. 

Wrestlers who won matches for WPI on Saturday included Brian Jennings (Danbury, CT), Tom Lacroix (Salem, NH) and Anthony Corbo (Port Washington, NY) at 125, 165 and 285 pounds respectively with Lacroix tallying a major decision and Corbo notching a pin.  Other participants for WPI at the NEWA championships included Stephen Poppa (Derby, CT) at 141 pounds, Matt Taber (Berkley, MA) at 149 and Kenny Adams (Wilmington, MA) at 197.

Complete Results

Springfield College 141
Williams 107
Wesleyan 94.5
Plymouth State 81
Johnson & Wales 81
Roger Williams 73.5
Bridgewater State 65.5
Rhode Island College 58.5
Southern Maine 57
Coast Guard Academy 42
WPI 39
Western New England 13.5
Trinity 10.5
Norwich 5.5