Springfield, MA --- WPI wrestling closed out the dual meet season by sweeping a pair of matches Saturday versus nationally-ranked Williams and host Springfield. The Engineers bested the No. 16 Ephs 18-16 before defeating the host Pride 28-13.
The Crimson and Gray conclude the dual meet schedule with a 15-9 mark, their most wins since the 2003-04 campaign.
WPI's opening match with Williams was a back-and-forth affair. A Pat Lacroix (Salem, NH) 3-1 win in sudden victory 1 at 133 pounds was WPI's lone triumph in the opening four bouts but the Ephs could only grind out three point decision victories to claim a 9-3 advantage. The Engineers surged ahead 14-9 by taking the next three match-ups with Graysen DeLuca (Canterbury, CT) starting the spurt with a 14-1 major decision at 157 before Justin Marsh (Upper Black Eddy, PA) tallied a 3-1 win in sudden victory 1 himself at 165 and Lucas Muntz (West Hartford, CT) posted a 9-1 major decision at 174. After Williams used a tech fall at 184 and a 3-1 decision at 197 to regain the lead 17-14, Austin Shrewsbury (Westfield, MA) took the mat at heavyweight needing to win by three or more points to give the Crimson and Gray the team victory via criteria. The freshman got a point late in his match to win 4-1, giving WPI the win 18-17 based on criteria (most match points) before Williams was docked a team point for unsportsmanlike conduct.
Brian Amato (Newington, CT) put WPI ahead in the nightcap with a 9-3 triumph at 125 pounds. After a Springfield win at 133, Pete Nash (Liverpool, NY) recorded a second period fall at 141. The Pride was victorious in the next two bouts before the Crimson and Gray took control with four straight triumphs. Marsh began the run with a 3-1 win 165 before Muntz notched a first period pin at 174. Daniel Wensley (Wakefield, MA) followed with a 11-3 major decision at 184 and Michael Curtis (Wells, ME) has his arm raised after taking a forfeit at 197 securing the victory.
WPI is off until the NCAA Division III Northeast Regionals, which will be hosted by Springfield on Saturday, February 27th and Sunday, February 28th.