Sophomore competes at WPI



Published in the March 15, 2017 edition

WORCESTER — Daniel Wensley reached the podium for Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) on Sunday, Feb. 26 as the Engineers competed in the final day of the NCAA Division III Northeast Regionals at Roger Williams.

Wensley was one of three WPI wrestlers were also named All-New England. The other two wrestlers were Travis Marsh and Stephen Jendritz.

Wensley entered Sunday either needing to win his semifinal bout or a pair of consolation matches at 184 pounds to clinch a trip to nationals. The seventh-seeded sophomore dropped a tough 3-2 decision to No. 6 Michael Gallagher of Rhode Island College before falling in another tight match 9-7 to No. 3 Deuly Espinal from Cortland State.

In the fifth place match Wensley was defeated by No. 8 Michael DiNardo of Johnson & Wales and placed sixth overall.

Marsh kicked off his day at 149 pounds with a semifinal match with No. 1 Dan Del Gallo of Southern Maine, who entered Sunday undefeated. The fourth-seeded Marsh fell 15-4 before knocking off No.7 Thomas Grippi from Johnson & Wales 8-3 to have a chance to reach nationals. In a meeting with sixth-seeded Carter Armendarez of Wesleyan in the third-place bout, the freshman found himself deadlocked at 1-1 before Armendarez tallied a takedown in the final 30 seconds to surge ahead by two. Marsh escaped to cut the deficit to 3-2 but was not able to hit a move before time expired and finished in fourth place.

Jendritz needed to win three times in the consolation bracket Sunday to reach the national meet for 133 pounds. He got off to a good start when he defeated Dylan Jones from Wesleyan 2-0 in the consolation quarterfinals. It was the rubber match as the two have met three times in the last two weeks, with Jones winning in a dual on Feb. 12 and Jendritz having raced in a preliminary bout on Saturday. The fourth-seeded sophomore escaped early in the second period and then rode out Jones in the third to secure the 2-0 shutout. After falling in the consolation semifinals, Jendritz took fifth place with a dominating 14-4 major decision over No. 7 Ian Tolotti of Springfield.

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