Plymouth, NH --- Tommy Dell'Aera (Eastchester, NY), Ryan Powers (Lebanon, CT), Adam Marsh (Upper Black Eddy, PA), Lucas Wilson-Wuestefeld (Barrington, RI) and David Gibson (Goffstown, NH) registered consecutive pins to propel WPI to a 44-7 road triumph at Plymouth State in the Jim Aguiar Invitational.
The Engineers were victorious in their first match of 2022 and move to 1-4 on the season while the Panthers fall to 0-1 after their first dual meet of 2021-22.
The Crimson and Gray jumped out to 14-0 win by claiming the first three bouts. Tanner Thatcher (Blairstown, NJ), ranked eighth in the New England Wrestling Association (NEWA) had his hand raised after a forfeit at 125 pounds before Tom Gradwell (Manchester, PA) moved up a weight class and posted a 11-4 decision at 133. Chris Cook (Mount Kisco, NY) ended the WPI opening surge with a 16-0 tech fall 2:04 into his match at 141.
After Tyler O'Mara (Litchfield, NH) got Plymouth State onto the board with a 11-3 major decision at 149 pounds, the visitors took control of the match with the five straight falls. Dell'Aera, ranked fourth at 157, got the pin parade started with a second period fall before Powers (165), Adam Marsh (174) and Wilson-Wuestefeld (184) collected back-to-back first period pins. Gibson closed out the spur by pinning his opponent at 197 at 4:32.
Jaylin Houston (New Haven, CT) closed out the match with a 7-0 victory at heavyweight for the Panthers.
The Jim Aguiar Invitational had originally been scheduled as a tri-match but was switched to a dual meet after the withdrawal of a team this week. Extra exhibition bouts were scheduled with the Engineers going 7-1 on the day. Alex Abrahamsen (Skillman, NJ) led the way with a pair of pins at 165 pounds. Other winners by fall included Ethan Wilson (Braintree, MA) at 141, Powers again at 165, Declan Williams (Fredericksburg, VA) at 174, CJ Andres (North Haledon, NJ) at 184 and Nicolas LeSieur (Walnut Creek, CA) at 197.
WPI turns its attention to next Saturday when they head to Trinity for a quad meet with Johnson & Wales and Roger Williams beginning at 1pm. Plymouth State is off until the NEWA Duals in Providence on Sunday, January 23rd.