Cook, Rioux, Riggs Reach Podium as Wrestling Kicks Off 2022-23 Campaign at Racich Rumble

Chris Cook - WPI Wrestling 2022

Collegeville, PA --- Chris Cook (Mount Kisco, NY) and Zachary Rioux (Nashua, NH) posted fourth-place finishes in their respective weight classes as the WPI wrestling team made its 2022-2023 debut at the Racich Rumble hosted by Ursinus on Saturday. 

The duo took different paths to fourth place with Cook winning three bouts to reach the semifinals at 141 pounds and Rioux bouncing back from an opening-round loss at 149 to rattle off five straight victories before reaching the one-day bout limit. Cook started his day with three consecutive triumphs, including a 9-6 win against Delaware Valley, a third period fall versus York, and a 21-2 tech fall at 6:23.  Rioux began his trek back with first period pins over opponents from Alvernia and Delaware Valley and then sandwiching decisions around a major decision.

197-pounder Tyler Riggs (North Scituate, RI) gave the Engineers a third wrestler on the podium. The senior recovered from a loss in his first match and received back-to-back medical forfeits before registering a 9-5 decision and a pin with 16 seconds left en route to a fifth-place showing.

Five others reached the quarterfinals for fifth year head coach Matt Oney, including Tanner Thatcher (Blairstown, NJ) at 125 pounds, Mario Barberio (Muncy, MA) at 165, Adam Marsh (Upper Black Eddy, PA) at 174, Nicolas LeSieur (Walnut Creek, CA) at 184 and heavyweight Lucas Wilson-Wuestefeld (Barrington, RI). 

Thatcher won three times, a major decision and two decisions while Barberio racked up points with a pin at 53 seconds, a 18-5 major decision and a 15-0 tech fall just 15 seconds in the second period.  Marsh notched a first period fall and a 7-3 victory while LeSieur had a nearly identical day with a pin at 22 seconds and a 7-5 win and Wilson-Wuestefeld contributed a second period fall.

Ethan Edmondson (Milford, CT) had a busy day at 174 pounds.  Like Rioux, the sophomore dropped his first outing of the day and came storming back with five consecutive victories, including a first period fall, a 19-4 tech fall at 7:00 and three straight wins by decision before hitting the daily bout limit.

Charlie Pavis (Bethlehem, PA), Connor Doran (Gales Ferry, CT), Kai Yawata (Honolulu, HI) and Ryan Addeche (Foxboro, MA) all won their opening collegiate matches. besting foes from Cortland State, Elizabethtown and Johns Hopkins at 125, 133, 165 and 174 pounds respectively.  Alex Tomellini (Rehoboth, MA) registered his first two college wins with consecutive falls at 174 while Trevor Bowen (Frenchtown, NJ) cracked the win column with a late first period pin at 2:51 at 197. 

David Gibson (Goffstown, NH) notched a first period pin and 8-6 triumph in sudden victory at 197 pounds while Caden Crist (Westerville, OH) and Jonah Potter (Wells, ME) also had their hands raised after victories at 157 and 197 respectively.

WPI is back in action next Saturday at Castleton where the Engineers will face Norwich, the College of New Jersey and the host Spartans starting at 12pm.