Hartzell Dazzles as Wrestling Duals with Nationally-Ranked Springfield

Zach Hartzell

Springfield, MA --- WPI took four of the nine contested bouts Wednesday evening at nationally-ranked Springfield but fell 26-13 to the Pride.  The Crimson and Gray close out the dual meet position of their schedule with a 8-12 mark while Springfield, ranked No.10 in Division III and No.1 in New England, is 14-2. 

Trailing 10-0, the Engineers got back-to-back wins at 141 and 149 pounds as Tyler Tilbe (Woodbury, CT) and Mike Perruccio (Pelham, NH) posted 8-1 and 5-4 victories respectively.  After a pair of Springfield triumphs, Zach Hartzell (Gettysburg, PA) made his return to the mat at 174 pounds a successful one, posting a 10-0 major decision over New England's second ranked wrestler in that class.  Teddy Kostopoulos (Milford, CT) closed out the scoring for WPI with a 6-1 win at 197. 

WPI now turns its attention to the NCAA Division III Northeast Regional Championships, which it hosts on Saturday, March 2nd and Sunday March 3rd at the Sports & Recreation Center.