Wrestling Kicks off Dual Meet Schedule with Sweep of Southern Maine and Norwich

Justin Marsh

Worcester, MA --- The quartet of Brian Amato (Newington, CT), Tanner Burke (Derry, NH), Justin Marsh (Upper Black Eddy, PA) and Lucas Muntz (West Hartford, CT) all tallied a pair of wins on the day to help WPI wrestling sweep a tri-meet against Southern Maine and Norwich.  The host Engineers defeated USM 33-13 in the middle matchup and the Cadets 26-12 in the nightcap.  Southern Maine had opened the day with a 23-18 triumph over Norwich. 

In the win over the Huskies, the Engineer captured seven of eight bouts after the opener to snag the victory.  With the match tied at 6-6, a pair of ranked 125-pounders squared off at 133 with the top-ranked Amato coming away with a 12-6 decision over the third-ranked lightweight.  Colin Mashack (Hometown, MA) won his debut 19-12 up a class 149 before Southern Maine's Daniel Del Gallo (Gardiner, ME) stopped the three-bout WPI run with a 9-1 major decision at 149.   

With the Engineers clinging to a 12-10 bulge, Burke turned the tide at 157, rallying from a third period deficit to pin a ranked-opponent at 6:39.  The Crimson and Gray then stepped on the gas and won the next three matches with Andy Tanner (Danville, NH) winning by a 11-5 decision at 165, Marsh taking a forfeit at 174 and Muntz earning an injury default at 184.  Southern Maine, who had opened the match with a third period pin by Mike Frey (Monroe, NY), bookended the contest with a 5-3 decision win by Sean Fagan (Arlington, MA) at 197. 

In the final match, WPI again found itself down 6-0 when Norwich's Steve Maldonado (Nyack, NY) notched a third period pin at heavyweight.  Amato got WPI on the board with a 17-1 tech fall (3:53) at his familiar 125 pound weight class before the Cadets extended their advantage to 9-5 with a Alex Stewart (Ellicott City, MD) 16-11 decision at 133.  

The Engineers then headed towards the sweep with triumphs in six of the last seven bouts.  Jack Nigro (Closter, NJ) got a run of three wins by decision started with a 7-6 win at 141 and was followed by a Ryan Rigney (Farmington, CT) 7-1 victory at 149 and a Burke 8-7 win at 157.  After Norwich's David Rogers (Hudson, MA) slowed the momentum with a 4-2 verdict at 165 pounds,  Marsh pinned his opponent at 174 at 1:11 and Muntz and Teddy Kostopoulos (Devon, CT) closed out the day with 18-14 and 6-2 wins respectively.

Southern Maine trailed 18-15 in the opener but leaned on a pair of regionally-ranked performers to earn the team win.  Second-ranked Johnathan Deupree (Ozona, FL) came up with a 18-2 technical fall (6:03) at 184 pounds and third-ranked Fagan secured the victory with a 2-0 shutout at 197.  Other winners for the Huskies included Arangio at 125 (10-5), Kevin Moore (Owls Head, ME) at 141 (5-2), Del Gallo by major decision (12-2) at 149 and Carl Luth (Milford, CT) by tech fall (18-2 - 6:03) at 157.  Norwich received victories by Maldonado at heavyweight, Chad Puglio(Myerston, PA) via forfeit at 133, Zachary Gibson (Lithopolis, OH) at 165 (8-3) and Rogers by pin at 174.    

All three squads are off for an extended period due to the Thanksgiving holiday.  WPI (2-0) is back on the mat on Saturday 6th at the RIT Invitational while Southern Maine (5-2) hosts Trinity that same day and Norwich (0-3) travels to Roger Williams for a dual match on Friday, December 5th.

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