Springfield, MA --- Tommy Dell'Aera (Eastchester, NY) and Mario Barberio (Muncy, MA) each went a perfect 4-0 for WPI and heavyweight Lucas Wilson-Wuestefeld (Barrington, RI) tallied a pair of match-deciding pins as the Engineers spilt four matchups at the New England Wrestling Association Dual Meet Championships and finished in 11th place on Sunday at Springfield College.
The Crimson and Gray, seeded 12th in the 16-team event, began the day by falling to fifth-seeded Roger Williams 27-18, rebounded with a thrilling 25-21 defeat of No. 13 Norwich, followed with a 26-12 loss to No. 9 Wesleyan and concluded with a climactic 27-20 victory over No. 10 Western New England.
Both of the Engineers team victories came down to the shoulders of Wilson-Wuestefeld, who made sure it was the shoulders of his opponents that were pinned to the mat. In the second round against Norwich, WPI was trailing 21-19 and the senior responded with a pin of the NEWA's sixth-ranked heavyweight at 4:34. Then in the 11th place match versus Western New England and the Boynton Hillers clinging to a 21-20 advantage, Wilson-Wuestefeld recorded a fall 2:50 into the first period
The strength for the Crimson and Gray Sunday was Dell'Aera and Barberio at 157 and 165 pounds. Dell'Aera, ranked eighth at 157 and WPI representative on the All-Tournament team, improved to 6-0 on the season. His 4-0 day included a third period pin versus Roger Williams, a 13-3 major decision against Norwich, a 7-5 decision over the fourth-ranked wrestler from Wesleyan and a 13-4 major decision in the win over Western New England. Barberio, sixth at 165, collected all four of his victories by decision, including a 7-3 win in a match-up of ranked wrestlers with Western New England.
Additionally for WPI, Tanner Thatcher (Blairstown, NJ) posted a 3-1 mark on the day at 125 pounds, Charlie Pavis (Bethlehem, PA) bumped up a weight class and won his only bout of the day at 133 versus Western New England, Ethan Wilson (Braintree, MA) delivered a huge pin at 149 in the Engineers win against Norwich, Adam Marsh (Upper Black Eddy, PA) registered a pair of falls at 174 pounds in the first two matchups of the day, Ethan Edmondson (Milford, CT) contributed a key major decision at his 174 pound bout against Western New England and 141-pounder Chris Cook (Mount Kisco, NY) posted a 10-6 decision versus Wesleyan.
WPI is back at home on Saturday, hosting Brockport and Southern Maine in a tri-meet in the Sports & Recreation Center beginning at 11am.