Sevastos and Gens Notch Pins as Wrestling Drops Narrow 24-21 Decision to Springfield

Senior Day - WPI Wrestling 2022

WORCESTER -- In its final dual match of the 2021-2022 campaign, WPI received falls from Antonios Sevastos (Mansfield, MA) and Chris Gens (Avon, CT) and a major decision by Ryan Powers (Lebanon, CT) in a tight 24-21 defeat to Springfield, the third-ranked team in the New England Wrestling Association (NEWA). 

WPI got off to a quick advantage when Tanner Thatcher (Blairstown, NJ) received a forfeit at 125 pounds and Sevastos registered a first period pin of his 133-pound opponent for his first career victory. 

Jacques St. Jeans (Goffstown, NG) and Joseph Parsons (Waldwick, NJ) got the Pride halfway back to even with back-to-back decisions at 141 (9-3) and 149 (16-9) pounds respectively and Jake Deguire (Schenectady, NY) leveled the contest with a pin 46 seconds into his bout at 157.  WPI took the lead back when Powers posted an impressive 16-3 triumph at 165. 

Springfield seized control by claiming wins in the next three matches, beginning with a Max Grzymala (Goldens Bridge, NY) 10-4 win at 174 pounds, continuing with a Brayden Grim (Ledyard, CT) second period fall at 184 and concluding with a hard-earned John Summers (Fairfield, CT) 3-2 victory in perhaps the most competitive bout of the day at 197.   

Gens ended the match on a high note for the Crimson and Gray when he pinned his heavyweight opponent at 4:36.

Alex Abrahamsen (Skillman, NJ) highlighted the Engineers performances in the exhibition bouts with a pin with just five second left in his bout at 165 pounds. 

Before the match, WPI honored its three seniors, including Edward Hay (Bangor, ME), Jamie Krigsman (Manhattan Beach, CA) and Matthew Rothman (Orange, CT). 

WPI turns its attention to the NEWA Futures Tournament next weekend before competing in the two-day NCAA Division III Northeast Regional at Springfield on Saturday, February 26th and Sunday, February 27th.