Amato Claims Three Victories as Wrestling Goes 2-1 at Home Super Quad

Brian Amato

Worcester, MA --- Brian Amato (Newington, CT) was a perfect 3-0 as WPI took two of three team bouts Saturday at a home wrestling super quad in the Sports & Recreation Center.  WPI (8-11) defeated Plymouth 40-6 to open the day then knocked off Oneonta State 27-18 before falling in the finale to rival Coast Guard 29-7. 

Against Plymouth State, WPI raced out to an 18-0 after three bouts via an Amato first period pin at 125 pounds and Stephen Jendritz (Rockford, MI) and Jack Nigro (Closter, NJ) receiving forfeits at 133 and 141 respectively.  The Engineers kept the opening surge going when Tyler Tilbe (Woodbury, CT) posted a 4-0 shutout at 149 and Tanner Burke (Derry, NH) delivered a 7-2 victory at 157.   The hosts racked valuable points in three of the last four weigh classes with Justin Marsh (Upper Black Eddy, PA) registering a 11-3 major decision at 174 and back-to-back pins by Joe Pizzuto (Liverpool, NY) and Logan Mendelson (West Bloomfield, MI) at 197 and heavyweight. 

WPI stormed out of the gates against quickly versus Oneonta State.   Amato grinded out a 3-1 decision at 125 pound before the Red Dragons level the bout.  The Crimson and Gray then rattled five wins in six matchups including first period pins by Nigro at 141, Burke at 157 and Lucas Muntz (West Hartford, CT) at 184 and win by decision from Tilbe at 141 and Marsh at 174.      

In the final bout of day with Coast Guard, Amato got the Boynton Hillers on the board with a 8-3 triumph at 125 pounds.  The Bears then embarked on a six-bout spurt that was halted by a Muntz 11-3 major decision at 184.  Coast Guard took the last two bouts to even up the all-time series between the rivals 28-28-3. 

Coast Guard ended the day with three wins, also defeating Oneonta State 23-12 and Southern Maine 27-19.  Other victories at the seven-match event included Southern Maine knocking off Plymouth State 34-9 and Oneonta State beating the Panthers 39-15.     

WPI continues its two-weekend homestand next Saturday, hosting a quad meet with Bridgewater State, Daniel Webster and Rhode Island College beginning at noon.