Wrestling Kicks Off Busy Home Weekend by Falling to No. 23 Coast Guard

Tanner Thatcher - WPI Wrestling 2023

WORCESTER – Four Coast Guard wrestlers collected first period falls as the nationally-ranked Bears defeated host WPI 45-6 in a matchup of New England Wrestling Association (NEWA) rivals Friday evening in the Sports & Recreation Center. 

Coast Guard, ranked No. 23 in the most recent National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) Top 25, improves to 4-1 on the season while the Engineers dip to 3-5 overall. 

It was the host Crimson and Gray that dented the scoreboard first when 125-pounder Charlie Pavis (Bethlehem, PA) had his hand raised for a six-point victory for the hosts.  The Bears answered back and took the lead when Chase Randall (Spokane, WA) posted a 9-1 major decision at 133 and Owen Woolcott (Port Matilda, PA) followed with a 5-0 shutout at 141. 

A.J. Pagliarulo (Bedford, NH) notched Coast Guard's initial first period fall when he pinned his foe at 149 pounds in 29 seconds.  157-pounder Joe Chapman (Oak Park, IL) then registered a 19-0 tech fall at 2:16 and Steven Rochard (Arlington, VA) made it five straight wins for the Bears with a 6-0 clean sheet at 165. 

The Bears wrapped up the match with four consecutive pins.  Danny Gibson (Conway, NH) recorded a fall 35 seconds into his bout at 174 pounds and David McCullough (Mullica Hills, NJ) quickly followed with a 33-second pin at 184.  197-pounder Coy Spooner (Minot, ND) delivered a pin at 2:43 and heavyweight Kevin Pandorf (Elmer, NJ) closed out the match with a fall at 4:44. 

A busy weekend continues tomorrow for WPI as the Engineers host an 11am quad match.  The Crimson and Gray will begin with Trinity before squaring off with Roger Williams and will wrap up against nationally-ranked Johnson & Wales.  The Bears are also back in action on Saturday hosting Norwich and New England College in an 11am tri-meet.