New London, CT --- The WPI wrestling team kicked off its 2021-22 campaign on Saturday afternoon in unusual fashion, competing in a dual meet as opposed to its traditional season-opening invitational. The visiting Engineers were on the short end of a 36-6 decision to nationally-ranked Coast Guard.
Wrestling for the first time since March 1st, 2020, the Crimson and Gray tasted success in its first bout as freshman Tanner Thatcher (Blairstown, NJ) tallied a wild, 11-10 win at 125 pounds. WPI also ended the meet on a high note when sophomore Chris Gens (Avon, CT) grinded out a 9-7 overtime victory in his debut at heavyweight.
All-Americans Tony Ulaszek (Greeley, CO) and Paul Detwiler (Fleming Island, FL) each recorded pins in under one minute to highlight the day for the hosts, who were ranked No. 11 in the preseason NWCA Top 25.
Kenji Beato (San Diego, CA) won 5-4 at 133 to tie the match 3-3 before Anthony Martin (Fairfax, VA) won 11-6 at 141 to give the Bears a 6-3 lead. All-American Noah Caskey (Oakdale, CT) won by tech fall 18-1 in 4:17 at 149 before Ulaszek needed just 45 seconds to register a pin at 157 to give the Bears a 17-3 lead.
Joe Chapman (Oak Park, IL) won by tech fall 16-1 at 165 pounds before David McCullough's (Mullica Hills, NJ) 14-10 decision at 174 pushed the lead to 25-3. Phil Rogers (Delran, NJ) won by tech fall 17-2 in 5:07 at 184 before Detwiler's pin in just 51 seconds at 197.
WPI is back in action next Saturday, venturing to Collegeville PA to participation in the Racich Rumble hosted by Ursinus.
Portion of Release Courtesy Coast Guard Sports Information