Providence, RI --- Four different WPI wrestlers registered multiple victories as the WPI wrestling team went 1-3 and finished 12th at the 2022 New England Wrestling Association Dual Meet Championships hosted by Johnson & Wales on Sunday.
Tanner Thatcher (Blairstown, NJ) won three times while Ryan Powers (Lebanon, CT), Chris Cook (Mount Kisco, NY) and Adam Marsh (Upper Black Eddy, PA) were each triumphant twice on the day. WPI opened the event with a 45-3 loss to Castleton and followed with a dramatic 22-21 victory over Rhode Island College before falling to Trinity (44-9) and Wesleyan (37-9). Second-seed and host Johnson & Wales edged top-seeded Coast Guard 19-17 to earn the team title.
Powers gave the Crimson and Gray something to cheer about in their opening match with third-seeded Castleton. The sophomore stunned the top-ranked 165-pounder in the NEWA with a 5-3 win in Sudden Victory 1.
The second-round match with the Anchormen was the closest of the 29 matches contested at the 15-team event on Sunday. The two teams completed the 10-bout match-up even at 21-21 but WPI won based on the second criteria - combined total number of falls, forfeits, defaults and disqualifications (2 to 1) and had a point added to its team total. Late first period falls by Cook (2:45) at 133 pounds and Powers (2:44) at 165 proved to be the difference.
The Engineers took five of the first eight matches against Rhode Island College, jumping out to a 21-12 lead. Thatcher got WPI started with 7-2 victory at 125 pounds and Marsh (4-1) and David Gibson (Goffstown, NH) (6-3) collected back-to-back decisions at 174 and 184 to build an advantage that RIC was not able to overcome with a tech fall and major decision in the final two bouts.
Thatcher wrapped up his strong day with a first period pin versus Trinity and a 5-2 decision against Wesleyan. Marsh chipped in with a 9-4 victory against the Bantams and Cook notched a first period pin versus the Cardinals.
WPI returns home on Saturday, hosting a quad meet with Brockport (NY), Southern Maine and Hunter (NY) in the Sports & Recreation Center. Action is slated to begin at 11am.