Wrestling Defeats Trinity in Middle Home Quad of 2015-2016 Campaign

Pete Nash

WORCESTER --- WPI hosted the second of two quad meets on Saturday afternoon, knocking off Trinity before succumbing to Wesleyan 18-16 and nationally-ranked Roger Williams.  The third ranked Hawks went 3-0 at the event, defeated Wesleyan 27-15 and Trinity 37-11 while Wesleyan bested Trinity 40-5. 

WPI is now 7-6 on the season while Roger Williams is 15-1, Wesleyan 5-3 and Trinity 0-8.   

The Engineers started the day with pins early and often in a 45-3 defeat of Trinity. The hosts received first period pins from Lucas Muntz (West Hartford, CT) at 174 pounds, Michael Curtis (Wells, ME) at 197, Pat Lacroix (Salem, NH) at 141 and Pete Nash (Liverpool, NY) at 149. The Boynton Hillers added big points via tech falls from Daniel Wensley (Wakefield, MA) at 184, Brian Amato (Newington, CT) at 125 and Graysen DeLuca (Canterbury, CT) at 157, while Justin Marsh (Upper Black Eddy, PA) started the contest with a 12-6 victory at 165 and was joined with a 9-5 decision win by Jack Nigro (Closter, NJ) at 149. Lucian Cascino (Jamaica Plain, MA) accounted for the Bantams only win of the match when he grinded out a 3-2 triumph at heavyweight. 

WPI's contest with Wesleyan began with 12-0 major decision from Marsh at 165 pounds but saw the Cardinals string together four straight triumphs by decision to surge ahead 12-4.  Amato got the Crimson and Gray back on track at 125 with a hard-earned 4-2 decision and was followed by a thrilling Lacroix 2-1 victory in tie-breaker1 at 133.  WPI then took a 16-12 advantage on a Nash pin at just 32 seconds at 141, but Wesleyan collected a 7-3 win by Carter Armendarez (Temecula, CT) at 149 and a 6-3 victory from Christopher Siracusa (Sayville, NY) to take the match 18-16.   

In the night cap versus New England top-ranked Hawks, Amato had his hand raised with a forfeit victory at 125 pounds and Stephen Jendritz (Rockford, MI) notched a 1-0 shutout at 133 pounds. 

All four teams return to the mat next Saturday at the NEWA Duals hosted by Bridgewater State.  Action is slated to begin at 10am.

 

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