The 2022-23 campaign makes the fifth season as head coach at WPI for Matt Oney '90.
The 2021-2022 season featured a pair of wins at the Jim Aguiar Invitational hosted by Plymouth State and at the NEWA Duals against RIC. Oney’s squad earned a few individual accolades including a NEWA Rookie of the Week honor for Tanner Thatcher after notching a trio of wins at the Trinity Quad. WPI finished fifth at the NEWA Futures meet before six Engineers posted wins at the NCAA Division III Northeast regional. Off the mat, Oney’s Engineers earned the top team grade-point average in the NEWA and seventh overall in NCAA DIII as honored by the NWCA including Scholar All-America nods for Tommy Dell’Aera, Chris Gens and Ryan Powers.
The WPI wrestling team finished the 2019-20 season with an overall record of 8-15 and finished eighth lace in both the NEWA Duals and Northeast Regional Championships. Four wrestlers earned All-Region, three earned NWCA Scholar All-American, and although the NCAA Championships was canceled due to COVID-19, three-time national qualifier Tyler Marsh was named a thrid team All-American.
Oney returns to Boynton Hill following a two-year stop at Kansas Wesleyan where he boasted three NAIA national qualifiers, five KCAC Champions, two KCAC Most Outstanding Wrestlers, and the program's first All-America. His debut campaign, as well as the program's first full season, yielded the school's first national qualifier and 2016-17 KCAC Coach of the Year accolades. Academically, Oney touted the program's first NAIA All-American and NWCA All-Academic honoree. Prior to leading the Coyotes, Oney served as an assistant men's and women's coach at Wayland Baptist for two years.
Before making the move to the collegiate ranks, Oney was a math and physics teacher at Punahou School, a top-tier ethnically diverse college preparatory school, in Honolulu, HI for over two decades. As head coach, he guided the boys' team to six consecutive state titles and the girls' team to three in-a-row while collecting numerous league and state accolades along the way.
Off campus, the USA Wrestling GOLD Certified Coach is well traveled, having been to Turkey and Russia as part of the organization's Coaches Apprentice Program in 2009 and 2010. He was later on the women's freestyle staff for the Pan-Am Cadet Championships from 2012 to 2015 and the Pan-Am Junior Championships in 2017. The 2013 team claimed the title while the 2012, 2015 and 2017 lineups placed second, and the 2014 team earned bronze. Oney was also involved at the state level from 2003-2012.
The electrical engineering major posted a dual meet record of 21-10 (.667) with 12 pins - without being pinned himself - and was third in the region at 142 as a sophomore and as a senior. Both All-New England performances led to NWCA Scholar All-America honors while 1989-90 co-captain also helped the team to a second-place showing regionally and No. 15 nationally.