Gorham, ME --- The WPI wrestling team ventured to Northern New England Saturday and used two different scoring strategies to come back to Worcester with a sweep. The Engineers compiled six pins en route to taking a 40-15 decision in the opener against Plymouth Maine before using eight decisions, including three majors to knock off host Southern Maine 27-12.
The victories push WPI's overall record to 10-8 on the year and, along with the 2008-2009 team, equals the most wins in a season in a decade.
The Crimson and Gray jumped out to a 22-0 edge in its match with the Panthers. Brian Amato (Newington, CT) began with a forfeit at 125 pounds before Brian Jennings (Danbury, CT) and Tyler Tilbe (Woodbury, CT) following with first period falls at 133 and 141. Mike Perruccio (Pelham, MA) closed the run with a 13-0 major decision at 141. After a pair of Plymouth State pins closed the gap to 22-12, WPI took three of last four bouts with Justin Marsh (Upper Black Eddy, PA) posting a late pin at 174 and Alex Freilich (Worcester, MA) and Peter Salem (Dracut, MA) closing out the contest with first periods pins at 197 and heavyweight respectively.
WPI wasted no time in avenging an earlier season loss to USM. The Engineers took the opening seven bouts to open up an unsurmountable 24-0 bulge. Amato began with a 5-2 triumph at 125 pounds and Jennings followed with a 14-5 major at 133. Tilbe and Perruccio kept the run going with decisions at 141 (5-0) and 149 (6-3) while Tanner Burke (Derry, NH) chipped in with a 10-0 major decision shutout at 157. Torin Zonfrelli (Carver, MA) captured a 10-5 win at 165 while Marsh closed the spurt with a 11-0 blanking at 174. After a Huskie pin at 184, Freilich defeated a ranked opponent 5-2 at 197.
WPI is back on the mat next Sunday with a tri-meet at rival Coast Guard with Bridgewater. The action is slated for a noon start.
Post-Meet Interview with Head Coach Steve Hall and wrestler Justin Marsh.
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