Wrestling Splits Home Tri-Match with Oneonta State and Johnson & Wales

Tanner Burke

Worcester, MA --- Nate Colicci (Warrick, RI), Joseph Gaccione (Highpoint, NJ), Colin Lenhardt (Hayes, VA) and Constantine Rissiotis (South Brunswick, NJ) all posted a pair of victories to help nationally-ranked Johnson & Wales win twice Saturday afternoon in a tri-match at WPI's Sports and Recreation Center. 

The Wildcats, ranked No.12 in the latest NWCA Top 30, defeated Oneonta State 25-12 and WPI 33-6 while host Engineers bested Oneonta State 28-18 in the middle match. 

Lenhardt, who is the third-ranked wrestler in New England at 184 pounds, registered a first period pin in both of his bouts.  While Lenhardt was racking up falls, the trio of Colicci, Gaccione, Rissiotis combined for five decisions and a major decision at 133, 149 and 197 respectively.    

Against Oneonta State, WPI won four of the opening five bouts en route to the victory.  Brian Amato (Newington, CT) got the scoring started with a win by injury default at 125 pounds before Brian Jennings (Danbury, CT) notched a 9-0 major decision at 133.  After a Red Dragon win, the Crimson and Gray seized control of the match when Mike Perruccio (Pelham, NH) tallied a 7-2 victory at 149 and Tanner Burke (Derry, NH) recorded a first period pin at 157.  The Engineers secured the win after Joe Pizzuto (Liverpool, NY) added a fall at 184 and Alex Freilich (Worcester, MA) grinded out a 7-2 decision at 197. 

WPI won two of the first three contests against Johnson & Wales.  Amato began with a 6-2 triumph at 125 before Tyler Tilbe (Woodbury, CT) defeated New England's top-ranked wrestler at 141.  The junior captured the epic bout 6-5 in tie-breaker 2, wrestling 11 minutes to get the victory.  The Wildcats then won the final seven match-ups to claim the win with Michael LaBell (Stanhope, NJ) and George Madosky (Cherry Hill, NY) joining Lenhardt with pins at 174 and heavyweight respectively.   

Ben Mikac (Williamsville, NY), Shaun Gillen (Bohemia, NY) and Dan Graff (LaGrangeville, NY) were multiple winners for Oneonta State with Mikac (141 pounds) and Gillen (165 poubds) both collecting pins. 

WPI is off for final exams and the holiday season until Wednesday, January 8th when it heads to Providence to face Rhode Island College at 7pm.  Johnson & Wales is back in action this coming Friday at the USC East Coast Challenge while Oneonta State returns to the mat on Saturday, January 11th at the North-South Duals at Ursinus.