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PSC Wrestlers place fifth at Springfield's Doug Parker Invitational

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - Plymouth State College's wrestling team had three finalists and one individual champion Saturday, and finished fifth among 17 teams at the annual Doug Parker Invitational, hosted by Springfield College.

Springfield captured the team championship with 139 points, easily outdistancing runner-up Norwich (85.5). WPI took third with 77, and SUNY Oswego (61.5) edged Plymouth State (60.6) for fourth place.

Sophomore Brent Arbogast (Nashua, NH) led the way for PSC, capturing the individual title at 141 pounds. The fifth seed in the tournament, Arboghast went 4-0 on the day, including a 5-0 semi-final win over top-seeded Marshall Newberry of Coast Guard, and a pin at 4:20 in the finals over John Burke of Western New England College.

Two other Panthers finished runner-up in their weight classes, both finishing with 3-1 records for the tournament. Senior Russ Pamulak (Indianola, IA) was seeded second at 184 pounds and advanced to the finals before losing to top-seeded Lance Baden of WPI, and senior Ryan Carr (Salem, NH) received the top seed in the heavyweight division, winning his first three matches before being upset in the finals by sixth-seeded Marcelle Roberson of Springfield, 3-2.

A total of 11 Panthers competed in the tournament. Those winning two matches for PSC included senior Jim Freda (Windham, NH) at 133 pounds, junior Nick Volpe (Holmdel, NJ) at 141, sophomore Moses Cerritos (Naples, FL) at 165, and junior Ben Baker (Gardiner, ME) at 174.

The Panthers, guided by fourth-year head coach Dave Carlson, are idle until opening the dual meets at home on Wednesday, Dec. 2, against Rhode Island College (7:30 p.m.).

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