Springfield, MA --- WPI wrestlers Justin Marsh (Upper Black Eddy, PA) and Austin Shrewsbury (Westfield, MA) both notched fourth place showings at the NCAA Division III Northeast Regional as the Crimson and Gray wrapped up action Sunday in the two-day tournament hosted by Springfield.
As a team the Engineers registered 61 points en route to a sixth place finish, its best showing since the NCAA Regional era began in 2013. Ithaca won the 18-team event with 144 points while Roger Williams was second with 136.5.
Marsh, WPI's all-time leader in dual meet victories, entered Sunday still in the winner's bracket at 165 pounds. The senior, seeded fifth dropped his semifinal bout to top-seeded Nick Velez of Ithaca 10-2. Marsh reached the third place match by majoring second seed Colin Barber from Cortland 8-0 before falling to fourth-seeded Timothy Garripoli of Williams 11-1 in a rematch of a quarterfinal bout.
Shrewsbury continued a trek through the 285 pound consolation bracket that began on Saturday after falling to top-seeded Kyle Foster of Roger Williams in the first round. After a pair of pins on Saturday, the rookie posted a 8-1 decision over seventh-seeded Tyler Lilly of Cortland and a first period pin against Martin Strenk from Williams to reach the third place match. Waiting for him was a rematch with Foster, who used a takedown in the final minute and riding time to collect a 6-4 victory.
For the weekend, Shrewsbury accounted for three of WPI's tournament-best 10 pins.
Six other WPI wrestlers completed on Sunday after winning multiple matches on Saturday. They included Pete Nash (Liverpool, NY) at 141 pounds, Jack Nigro (Closter, NJ) at 149, Graysen DeLuca (Canterbury, CT) at 157, Lucas Muntz (West Hartford, CT) at 174, Daniel Wensley (Wakefield, MA) at 184 and Michael Curtis (Wells, ME) at 197.
The regional tournament marks the end of a season that saw WPI post a dual meet record of 15-9, their most wins since the 2003-04 campaign.