Bristol, RI --- The WPI wrestling team competed in two matches Saturday at a New England Wrestling Association quad meet hosted by Roger Williams. The eighth-ranked Engineers narrowly fell to No.7 Wesleyan 22-15 in the opening before falling 30-6 to top-ranked Roger Williams.
In the opener, WPI (5-7) claimed three of the first five bouts to take a 9-6 advantage. Jack Nigro (Closter, NJ) got the morning started with a 7-2 victory at 141 pounds. After a pair of Wesleyan triumphs, the Crimson and Gray surged back ahead with tight decision victories by Tanner Burke (Derry, NH) (2-0) and Justin Marsh (Upper Black Eddy, PA) (3-2) at 165 and 174 pounds, respectively.
The Cardinals took the lead with three straight victories, including a pin and a major decision, but WPI had a chance to win after Stephen Jendritz (Rockford, MI) had his hand raised following a forfeit at 125 making the score 19-15 in favor of Wesleyan. The final bout of the contest featured wrestlers ranked in two separate weight classes with Frank Crippen (Morristown, NJ) securing the team victory for the Cardinals with a 5-3 triumph.
Against nationally-ranked Roger Williams, Brian Amato (Newinton, CT) got WPI on the board at 125 pounds in a match-up of highly-ranked New England wrestlers. Amato, the top-seeded 125-pounder defeated his third-ranked opponent by a score of 7-4 before Jendritz closed the day with an 8-1 victory at 133 for the Engineers. Overall, six of the Hawks eight wins to open the match were three point victories by decision.
WPI turns its attention to the NEWA Duals, which will be hosted by Springfield a week from Sunday beginning at 9:30am.