Wrestling Opens 2014-2015 Campaign at Roger Williams Invitational

Zachary Rahl

Bristol, RI --- Five different wrestlers notched multiple victories as the WPI wrestling team began its 2014-15 season Saturday at the Roger Williams Invitational.  The Engineers totaled 23.5 points in the 12-team event, which was captured by Messiah. 

Freshman Stephen Jendritz (Rockford, MI) had a strong debut at 125 pounds reaching the podium.  The rookie won his first two bouts, including a 9-4 decision over his opponent from Messiah in the second round and a 5-4 win in overtime against the number two seed from Roger Williams en route to a sixth-place showing.  

Zach Rahl (Pittsgrove, NJ) and Andy Tanner (Danville, NH) both amassed three triumphs for the Crimson and Gray.  Rahl battled back after dropping his opening match at 157 to post a first period pin of Cortland State, a 7-6 win versus MIT and a 10-6 decision against Messiah.  Tanner began his day with a pin in 44 seconds over Wesleyan at 165 pounds and added matching 7-0 decisions in the consolation rounds versus Roger Williams and Johnson & Wales. 

Justin Marsh (Upper Black Eddy, PA) captured his opening two bouts to reach the quarterfinals at 174 pounds.  The junior co-captain won by a 12-3 major decision over his opponent from Johnson & Wales and followed with an 8-1 decision against his foe from Roger Williams.   Andres Pedraza-Rayo (Mamaroneck, NY) bounced back from an early setback at 184 to collect a 10-2 major decision versus Mt. St. Mary's (NY) and a 8-5 victory against Roger Williams.   

A pair of WPI wrestlers registered their first career wins on Saturday, including Jack Nigro (Closter, NJ) with a 10-0 major decision at 141 pounds and Ryan Rigney (Farmington, CT) with a 5-3 sudden victory win at 149 pounds.  197-pounder Teddy Kostopoulos (Devon, CT) chipped in with a 6-5 decision over his opponent from Norwich. 

WPI, who was missing several key wrestlers due to injuries and football season, is back in action next Saturday hosting Southern Maine and Norwich in a tri-meet beginning at noon.