Bristol, RI --- Junior Stephen Jendritz (Rockford, MI) captured the 133 pound weight class while 149-pounder Tyler Marsh (Upper Black Eddy, PA) and heavyweight Austin Shrewsbury (Westfield, MA) each placed second to guide WPI to a second place finish at the Scott Viera Invitational on Saturday. The Engineers racked up 140.5 team points nearly 50 ahead of third place Wesleyan. Fifth-ranked and host Roger Williams won the 13-team event with 177.50 points.
Jendritz began his championship run with a second period fall in the quarterfinals before grinding out a 5-2 decision in the semis. The junior was poised to face an opponent from Roger Williams in the finals but was awarded a medical forfeit victory to claim the 133-pound title. Ben Zogby (Franklin, MA) also reach the podium at 133. The junior made his season debut a memorable one by posting a 16-1 tech fall in the quarterfinals and claiming another 16-1 tech fall and a 9-3 win in the consolations to finish third.
The Crimson and Gray did a lot of damage at 149 pounds, boasting three of the top four finishers. Marsh was dominant in his first four matches, opening with a pair of pins and then amassing back-to-back major decisions to reach the finals before falling to a national-ranked grappler from Southern Maine by decision in the championship bout. Jack Nigro (Closter, NJ) totaled six wins on the day to wrestle back for third place. The junior co-captain registered a tech fall and a pin before dropping his quarterfinal match. Nigro bounced back and saw his hand raised four straight times on his way to earn bronze. Ronan Ball (Maynard, MA) was busy, winning four of five contested bouts, including two by fall and another by major decision on his way to a fourth-place showing.
Shrewsbury went 4-1 on Saturday, including a second round pin in less than a minute and three decision victories, to reach a finals that featured two nationally-ranked wrestlers. The sophomore, ranked No. 10 lost a tight 3-1 decision to his sixth-ranked opponent from Roger Williams.
The quartet of Andrew Ellis (Arlington, MA), Chase Lind (Fairfield, CT) , Lucas Muntz (West Hartford, CT) and Michael Curtis (Wells, ME) also reached the podium to give the Engineers 10 place-winners on the day. Lind used a 16-0 tech fall and a pin to reach the semifinals at 157 pounds. After a loss to the sixth-ranked national wrestler, the freshman responded with a fall in 25 seconds and an 8-6 win in sudden victory 1 to secure third place. Ellis and Muntz both also reached the semifinals at 141 and 174 respectively (the former with a major decision and a decision and the latter through a bye and a decision). Ellis posted a first period pin in the consolation round to highlight his fourth place performance while Muntz added a 6-3 victory by decision in his consi semifinal on his way to fourth. Curtis was a man possessed after opening with a loss in the quarterfinals at 197. The sophomore responded with three straight first period falls on his way wrestling back to fourth place.
Five others won multiple matches for the Boynton Hillers on Saturday. Freshman Andrew Hubina (Newtown, CT) advanced to the semifinals by collecting a pair of falls at 197 pounds. Matt Assael (Bellmore, NY) opened the day win a pin at 165 and added a consolation round pin and decision while Liam Sullivan (Madison, CT) registered a 5-2 second round victory and a consolation round technical fall at 141 Nick Day (Northampton, MA) posted a second round pin and a major decision in the consis while Rafael Ellis-Rech (Sharon, MA) tallied a pair of wins by decision in the consolations.
Single winners for the Crimson and Gray included Michael Aquino (Boston, MA) by pin and Jake Tappen (Morristown, NJ) at 125, Christian Curll (Groton, MA) at 133, Brandon Abad (Miller Place, NY) by fall and Kevin Guardino (Rexford, NY) at 149, Anton Libsch (Milton, MA) by tech fall and Tyler Wilson (Derry, NH) at 165, Alex Fair (Seekonk, MA) by pin at 174 and Logan Mendelson (West Bloomfield, MI) by major decision at heavyweight.
A rare weekday afternoon event is next for the Engineers. WPI will host Mt. St. Vincent (NY), Castleton and Western New England on Wednesday at noon in the Sports and Recreation Center.