Collegeville, PA --- Tyler Riggs (North Scituate, RI) and Chris Cook (Mount Kisco, NY) turned in third place performances for WPI wrestling as the Engineers ventured Saturday to Ursinus to participate in the Racich Rumble. As a team, the Engineers had a strong showing, placing fifth in the 12-team field.
Both Riggs and Cook worked hard to get a bronze. Riggs registered a first period fall in the opening round before being knocked into the consolation bracket after a tough 6-4 loss. The junior 197-pounder then notched five straight wins, including another fist period, a tech fall and a 10-4 decision to get third. Cook took a more difficult route at 133, dropping his first match of the day before rattling off five first period pins in a row to get back to third place.
Lucas Wilson-Wuestefeld (Barrington, RI) and Zachary Rioux (Nashua, NH) both reached the semifinals for the Crimson and Gray. Wilson-Wuestefeld collected a pin at 1:46 and a narrow 2-1 victory on his way to fourth place at 197. Rioux tallied his first collegiate wins with three in a row at 141, including a first period pin and a pair of decisions. The freshman later pinned opponent from Messiah to take fifth place.
Ethan Edmondson (Milford, CT), Nicolas LeSieur (Walnut Creek, CA), Adam Marsh (Upper Black Eddy, PA) and Chris Gens (Avon, CT) all reached the quarterfinals of their respective weight classes. Marsh was 3-2 on the day, with all five of his bouts resulting in decisions. The junior finished sixth at 184 pounds. LeSieur won a pair of bouts at 184 with a pin and 11-1 major decision while Edmondson paved a similar road winning with an opening round pin at 174 followed by a 9-3 victory. Gens reached the quarterfinals at 285 with a 8-2 win by decision in his round of 16 bout.
Tri-captain Edward Hay (Bangor, PA) reached the podium at 165 pounds. The senior won his opening bout before being bounced to the consolations. It was there that Hay then registered a grand slam, winning bouts by decision, major decision, tech fall and by pin on his way back to sixth place. Tommy Dell'Aera (Eastchester, NY) netted a similar placing at 157. The sophomore also won his first match and tallied two first period pins, a major decision and a 6-4 win in the wrestle backs.
Tanner Thatcher (Blairstown, NJ) claimed three victories on the day, a pin to beat the buzzer at the end of the second period of an opening round match at 125 pounds, and another pin and a 5-1 triumph.
Alex Abrahamsen (Skillman, NJ) won his opening match at 174 pounds by a 7-4 decision while Matthew Rothman (Orange, CT) tallied a pair of first period pins in his middle two bouts of four at 157. Ethan Wilson (Braintree, MA) and James Purnell (Edgewater, MD) each dented the win column with second period falls in consolation matches at 141 and 197 pounds respectively.
WPI turns its attention to home opener next Saturday. The Engineers square off with Norwich beginning at 1pm in the Sports & Recreation Center.