WPI jumped out to a quick 9-0 advantage when Carl Anderson, Jeff Root and Will Farrell all captured decisions at 125, 133 and 141 pounds respectively. The Pride got back in the contest when Jeremy Adickes (Long Valley, N.J.) notched a pin at 149 pounds but the Engineers scored a key victory at 157 when Tyler Howe (Danbury, CT) registered a 9-3 decision.
Springfield (0-1) closed to within 12-9 after New England #1 ranked Jake Tyler (Gouverneur, N.Y.) took home a hard-earned 5-3 decision at 165 pounds. WPI’s John Gikas then won arguably the most exciting bout of the night when he rallied for two points in the final seconds which, along with a point for riding time, forced sudden victory. Midway through the extra session Gikas scored a reversal and near fall to take a dramatic 10-6 win.
The victory put WPI up 15-9 but that advantage was short-lived as SC’s other number ranked one regionally ranked wrestler, Elliot Smith (Richville, N.Y.) tallied a pin in just over a minute. That set the stage for heroics from Kreitman and Corbo, who both broke 1-1 ties with third-period scoring moves.
Both teams return to the mats on Saturday. WPI travels to Oneonta, NY for a tri-match with Oneonta State, Johnson & Wales and Wilkes while Springfield ventures to Vermont to face Norwich.
Weight Result Score/Time
125 Carl Anderson (WPI) Dec. Casey Leslie (SC) 6-0
133 Jeff Root (WPI) Dec. Doug Rohner (SC) 7-5
141 Will Farrell (WPI) Dec. Jesse Hurlbert (SC) 11-7
149 Jeremy Adickes (SC) Pinned. Matt Wainwright (WPI) 4:14
157 Tyler Howe (WPI) Dec. Rob Mifsud (SC) 9-3
165 Jake Tyler (SC) Dec. David Cardenas (WPI) 5-3
174 John Gikas (WPI) Dec. Anthony Scarpetti (SC) 10-6 (SV)
184 Elliot Smith (SC) Pinned Jon Vanni (WPI) 1:01
197 Adam Kreitman (WPI) Dec. Alex Glenn (SC) 4-1
285 Anthony Corbo (WPI) Dec. Ron Fusco (SC) 3-2