Springfield, MA --- Alex Freilich (Worcester, MA) and Tyler Tilbe (Woodbury, CT) combined to go 7-0 to headline WPI's showing at the New England Wrestling Association (NEWA) Dual Meet Championships host by Springfield on Sunday. As a team, the Engineers went 1-3 on the day, falling in the opener to Southern Maine (35-6) and defeating Norwich (23-21) before being defeated by Trinity (30-15) and Plymouth State (22-21 on criteria).
In the opening match-up with sixth-seeded Southern Maine, Tilbe and Freilich accounted for all of WPI's scoring with wins-by-decision at 141 and 174 pounds respectively.
After an early forfeit versus Norwich, the Crimson and Gray rattled off five wins in six bouts to secure a victory. Brian Jennings (Danbury, CT) began the spurt with a 5-0 shutout at 133 pounds before Mike Perruccio (Pelham, NH) followed with a 12-0 major decision at 141 and Andrew Tanner (Danville, NH) registered a pin at 149. After a Norwich win at 157 close the gap to 13-9, the Engineers put the match out of reach with a Tom Lacroix (Salem, NH) pin at 165 and a Freilich 8-0 major decision at 174. The Cadets took the final three matches, including the final match by forfeit, to account for the final 23-21 score.
Against Trinity, Lacroix recorded his second second-period pin of the day at 165 pounds while Freilich grinded out a 5-3 decision at 184. Tilbe accounted for WPI's other victory in the contest with a forfeit win at 151.
In the final match of the day, the Engineers and Plymouth State completed the 10-bout slate tied at 21 with the Panthers claiming the extra point and subsequent team victory based on most match victories. Freilich at 174 pounds and Joseph Szerszunowicz (Milford, MA) at heavyweight collected pins for WPI while Scott Carpenter (Calais, ME) won by decision at 133 and Tilbe to a forfeit victory at 141.
WPI returns to action on Saturday, hosting a tri-meet with Plymouth State and Southern Maine beginning at 10am.