January 9, 2013



Worcester, Mass.-Junior 285 lbs. Brian Nicoll (Plaistow, NH), the reigning Pilgrim League Wrestler of the Week, won with a pin, but Rhode Island College lost, 30-18, to WPI in New England Wrestling Association (NEWA) action on Wednesday evening.


Justin Marsh (Upper Black Eddy, PA) and Zach Hartzell (Gettysburg, PA) each posted first period pins to propel WPI to the win.


 WPI, ranked ninth in the latest NEWA Top 10, evens its overall record at 3-3 and remains undefeated (3-0) in the new Sports and Rec Center. The sixth-ranked Anchormen are now 3-10.


 It was the visitors that jumped out to a 9-0 lead behind a forfeit at 125 lbs. credited to senior Mike Sugermeyer (Hampden, MA) and a 13-7 victory by junior  Jonathan Murray (Brentwood, NY), the top-ranked 125 pounder who bumped up to 133. 


 The Engineers then rattled off six straight wins to grab the victory.  The spurt began with a pair of decision victories from Tyler Tilbe (Woodbury, CT) and Mike Perruccio (Pelham, MA) at 141 and 149 lbs., respectively. The combo of Tilbe and Perruccio are now a combined 26-5 on the season.  WPI then earned six points when 157-pounder Andrew Tanner (Danville, NH) picked up the win by injury default.   


Leading 12-9, the Crimson and Gray clinched the victory when Marsh won by fall at 165 lbs. at 43 seconds and Hartzell pinned his opponent at 39 seconds.  Alex Freilich (Worcester, MA) earned WPI’s final points of the night, taking a forfeit at 184. 


 Rhode Island College closed out the match with a junior Adam Lynch (New Milford, CT) win by decision at 197 lbs. and a second period pin by Nicoll.


INDIVIDUAL RESULTS: WPI (3-3) 30, Rhode Island College (3-10) 18

125 lbs. Mike Sugermeyer (RIC) won by forfeit

133 lbs. Jonathan Murray (RIC) dec. Alex Potts (WPI), 13-7

141 lbs. Tyler Tilbe (WPI) dec. Jonathan Costa (RIC), 6-2

149 lbs. Mike Perruccio (WPI) dec. Alex LaBeef (RIC), 7-0

157 lbs. Andrew Tanner (WPI) won by injury default Kevin Barrucci (RIC) at 2:09

165 lbs. Justin Marsh (WPI) pinned Max Carlsten (RIC) at 0:43

174 lbs. Zach Hartzell (WPI) pinned Rob Sotelo (RIC) at 0:39

184 lbs. Alex Freilich (WPI) won by forfeit

197 lbs. Adam Lynch (RIC) dec. Bryan Barnash (WPI), 5-3

285 lbs. Brian Nicoll (RIC) pinned Joseph Szerszunowicz (WPI) at 3:21


In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will compete at the Budd Whitehill Duals, hosted by Lycoming on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 11-12.