Wrestling Opens Sports and Rec Center With Sweep of Norwich and Southern Maine

Andrew Tanner

Worcester, MA --- Five different WPI wrestlers posted multiple victories to power the Engineers to a sweep of visiting Norwich and Southern Maine Saturday afternoon in the new Sports and Recreation Center.  

WPI took the middle match against Norwich 34-21 and the nightcap versus Southern Maine 24-21.  Southern Maine took the opening match-up with Norwich 49-6.  

In both of its victories, WPI got off to fast starts, seeing the combination of Andrew Tanner (Danville, NH), Justin Marsh (Upper Black Eddy, PA) and Zach Hartzell (Gettysburg, PA) going a perfect 6-0.  At 157 pounds, Tanner came from behind twice, pinning his opponent from Norwich and rallying for a 3-2 victory over a returning New England place-winner from USM.  Hartzell had two pins and Marsh registered a first-period fall and a 7-2 victory. 

Against Norwich, WPI won the first four bouts by pin with Alex Freilich (Worcester, MA) also getting into the act at 184.  The Cadets rattled of the next three wins courtesy of pins by Aaron Hunt (Marshfield, MA) and Alex Lawrence (Ledyard, CT) at 197 and 285 and a forfeit at 125.  WPI secured the win with pins in the next two bouts by Brian Jennings (Danbury, CT) and Tyler Tilbe (Woodbury, CT) at 141 and 149 before Norwich's Tyrell Carstarphen (Topeka, KS) closed out the match with a major decision.

WPI took the same path in the final match with Southern Maine, winning the first three bouts with decisions by Tanner and Marsh sandwiched around a Hartzell pin.  The Huskies broke through with Jonathan Dupree's (Ozona, FL) second pin of the day at 184.  The hosts then received a big win by decision from Bryan Barnash (Trumbull, CT) at 197.  

USM seized the lead with Dan Suarez's (New Milford, NJ) second fall of the afternoon at heavyweight and a forfeit at125.  Again, Jennings and Tilbe came up big with a decision and pin at 133 and 141 and the Engineers avoided a fall at 149 to guarantee the victory. 

In the opener, the Huskies recorded five pins, including falls by Russell, Dupree, Suarez, Michael Arangio (Wakefield, MA) and Jake Rasque (South Berwick, ME) an injury default and a forfeit en route to the 49-6 win.  Hunt's first of two pins on the day tallied Norwich's only points of the match-up.

All three teams are off until Saturday, December 1st.  WPI (2-0) and Norwich (2-1) head to the RIT Invitational while Southern Maine (1-1) hosts the Ted Reese Invitational.  

Postgame interview with head coach Steve Hall

Postgame interview with Tyler Tilbe and Andrew Tanner