Gibson, Sevastos & Edmondson Post Top Four Finishes for Wrestling at NEWA Futures Tourney

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Providence, RI --- David Gibson (Goffstown, NH) placed second, Antonios Sevastos (Mansfield, MA) third and Ethan Edmondson (Milford, CT) fourth as WPI turned in a fourth place showing at the New England Wrestling Association Futures Tournament hosted by Johnson & Wales on Sunday. 

As a team, the Crimson and Gray amassed 76.5 points to finish fifth in the 14-team event, just a point and a half behind fourth place Roger Williams.  Castleton won the tournament with 210 points. 

Gibson was dominant on his way to the championship bout at 184 pounds, notching fourth straight pins, including a pair in less than 40 seconds. The weight class proved to be fruitful for the Engineers as Nicolas LeSieur (Walnut Creek, CA) had an impressive run to the semifinals with two first period falls and a 10-3 decision while CJ Andres (North Haledon, NJ) also recorded a pair of pins.

Sevastos boasted a variety of win types during his 4-1 day at 133 pounds.  His four victories included a 5-2 decision, an 11-0 major decision, an 18-2 tech fall, and a third period injury default.  

Edmondson took the long road to fourth place at 174 pounds.  After dropping hit opening match, he rattled off five straight triumphs, starting with an 18-0 tech fall followed by four consecutive close wins by decisions by a total of seven points.  Edmondson has to settle for fourth when he was unable to wrestle in the third place match due to NCAA maximum competition regulations.  

The Engineers collected four wins at 141 pounds as Ethan Wilson (Braintree, MA) and Jeff Marsh (Natick, MA) each tallied a pair of wins with Wilson reaching the quarterfinals via a fall with 38 remaining in his opening bout. 

Isaac Krieger (Newton, MA) posted a pair of bonus points wins in the consolation round at 149 pounds with a first period pin and a 24-6 tech fall while Alex Abrahamsen (Skillman, NJ) reached the quarterfinals at 165 with a 10-7 decision in his second round bout. 

At 174 pounds, Jonah Potter (Wells, ME) beat the clock with a pin in the final seconds and Declan Williams (Fredericksburg, VA) also had his hand raised for a six-point victory.  James Purnell (Edgewater, MD) and Alexi Echevarria (Beverly, MA) combined for three victories at 197.  Echevarria tallied a fall on his way to the quarterfinals and Purnell bounced back from an opening loss with a pin and a 13-6 victory. 

WPI now turns its attention to next weekend's NCAA Division III Northeast Regional. The two-day event begins Saturday at 11 am at Springfield.