Worcester, Mass. - February 11, 2017 - The Springfield College wrestling program dropped five of the first six bouts and had its comeback fall short as it was defeated by WPI, 19-12 in its final dual meet of the regular season in Harrington Auditorium.
The Engineers, ranked fifth in the most recent New England Wrestling Association (NEWA) Top 10 improves to 13-11 on the season while the No. 7 Pride slip to 11-12 overall.
WPI's Brian Amato got the bout started at 125 pounds and escaped early in the third period and then avoided a takedown by Joel Zambrano (Bellmore, N.Y.) to win 6-5.
The next two matches were just as dramatic. No. 3 Stephen Jendritz found himself trailing 3-1 in the waning seconds versus fifth-ranked Ian Tolotti (Dumont, N.J.) at 133 pounds but tallied a reversal and a four-point near fall to see his hand raised with a 7-3 victory. Not to be outdone in following bout at 141 bout, Andrew Ellis registered a takedown in the final seconds to turn a 6-5 deficit into a 7-6 triumph and a 9-0 WPI advantage.
Springfield dented the scoring column at 149 pounds when Jacob Strohman (Springfield, Mass.) struck for a move with 20 seconds remaining and posted a 4-3 upset over the fourth-ranked wrestler in the region, Tyler Marsh. WPI quickly countered as Ronan Ball collected a comprehensive 10-4 victory at 157 and Chase Lind gave the Crimson and Gray their first bonus point win of the night with a 13-4 major decision at 165.
In matchup of regionally-ranked opponents at 174 pounds, No. 2 Geovanni Medina (New Britain, Conn.) was tied 1-1 and on bottom with about a minute to go in the third period when he collected a reversal and rode out fourth-ranked Lucas Muntz for the victory.
Now leading 13-6 with three bouts left, the Engineers secured the team victory at 184 pounds when fourth-ranked Dan Wensley produced a takedown with under 10 seconds remaining in Sudden Victory to win 3-1 over Seve Burgos (Guilford, Conn.).
The visitors took the final two bouts of the night as third-ranked Hunter Ayen (Gouverneur, N.Y.) delivered a 7-1 decision at 197 pounds and No. 3 Joseph Fusco (Billerica Mass.) had a four-point near fall after a crazy sequence that featured back-to-back reversals to upended Austin Shrewsbury, the No. 2 ranked wrestler in the region at 285, by 10-6 score to notch his 31st victory of the season.