Wensley Named All-Tournament as Wrestling Advances to NEWA Semifinals for First Time

Brian Amato

Providence, RI --- Sophomore Dan Wensley (Wakefield, MA) garnered All-Tournament team accolades and Brian Amato (Newington, MA) and Austin Shrewsbury (Westfield, MA) won three times each as, for the first time in program history, WPI reached the semifinals of the New England Wresting Association (NEWA) Dual Meet Championships.  The fourth place showing is the best in school history, topping fifth place showings in 2004 and 2016. 

The fourth-seeded Engineers advanced to the semifinals by opening with a 38-3 victory over No. 13 Plymouth State and a 24-11 triumph against fifth-seeded Williams.  After a 43-3 loss to host and top seed Johnson & Wales, WPI was defeated in the third place match by third-seeded Coast Guard 31-10. 

The Crimson and Gray were victorious in nine of 10 bouts in the opening round against Plymouth State.  After Amato got things started with a forfeit at 125 pounds, Stephen Jendritz (Rockford, MI) posted a 18-0 technical fall at 133. The Panthers claimed their own win at 141 before the Engineers answered with seven straight victories to close the matchup.  

Tyler Marsh (Upper Black Eddy, PA) began the onslaught with a clean 8-0 major decision at 149 pounds and was followed by a Jack Nigro (Closter, NJ) 6-2 decision at 157.  Chase Lind (Fairfield, CT) kept the run going with a 12-2 major decision at 165 before Lucas Muntz (West Hartford, CT) collected a pin just 1:07 into his match at 174. Wensley worked extra at 184 versus a regionally-ranked opponent and emerged with a 3-2 triumph in SV1.  WPI closed the match as Andrew Hubina (Newtown, CT) collected a tidy 6-0 shutout at 197 and Shrewsbury blanked his opponent 11-0 for a major decision at heavyweight. 

The Engineers used a steady diet of decisions - six in all - before a pin at heavyweight to defeat the Ephs in the quarterfinals.  Amato and Jendritz again got WPI off to a strong start, seeing their arms raised in victory at 125 (8-5) and 133 (6-0) respectively with Amato's win against the third ranked wrestler in the region.  After a Williams major decision win cut the advantage to 6-4, the Crimson and Gray saw a run of four straight decisions to push the lead to 18-4.  Marsh started the spurt with a 6-3 victory at 149 and Ronan Ball (Maynard, MA) quickly followed with a 7-1 triumph at 157.  Lind then knocked off his opponent at 165 by a score of 9-5 before Muntz closed out the uprising by edging his fellow-ranked regional foe 8-7.   Following a pair of Ephs wins, Shrewsbury finished the match with a first period pin at 285 pounds.  

Nick Day (Northampton, MA) registered the Engineers' lone victory in the semifinals versus the nation-ranked Wildcats. The sophomore heavyweight defeated his opponent 5-4 in TB3.  Amato won his third bout of the day in the third place match with Coast Guard by collecting a 14-3 major decision in the opener at 125 pounds.  The Bears seized control of the match by winning the next six bouts before the Crimson and Gray amassed triumphs in two of the last three matches.  Wensley defeated a regionally-ranked opponent 5-4 at 184 pounds and Shrewsbury eked out a 2-1 victory in TB1 for third win of Sunday. 

The Engineers were also recognized for their success in the classroom.  WPI had the third highest GPA of the 16 teams, boasting a 3.199 overall GPA after the fall semester. 

WPI hosts an 11am quad meet on Saturday in the Sports and Recreation Center.  Other teams attending include Johnson & Wales, Southern Maine and Brockport.

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