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PSC Wrestlers earn top New England rankings

PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Five Plymouth State College wrestlers are ranked in the top six in New England in their respective weight classes, according to the first individual rankings of the New England Intercollegiate Wrestling News.

The Panthers as a team are ranked fourth in New England after placing 5th among 17 teams in the Doug Parker Invitational at Springfield College in their last outing on Nov. 21st.

Sophomore Brent Arbogast (Nashua, NH) ranks 1st at 141 pounds in Division III New England, and seniors Russ Pamulak (Indianaola, IA) at 184 pounds and Ryan Carr (Salem, NH) in the heavyweight division are each ranked 2nd in their weight classes. Junior Ben Baker (Gardiner, ME) is in the 3rd spot in the 174 pound category, and capping off the Panthers is 6th ranked sophomore Moses Cerritos (Naples, FL) in the 165 pound weight class.

Arbogast captured the top ranking after winning the individual title in his weight class at the Doug Parker Invitational. He 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. Arbogast has a 6-2 record in his first season with the Panthers after transferring from Wilkes University and Southern Connecticut.

Pamulak, seeded second in the Doug Parker meet, advanced to the finals before losing to the top seed. The experienced Pamulak is projected to have a big year for the Panthers. Last season he finished with an impressive 28-12 record. Another veteran of the Panthers, Ryan Carr was seeded first at Springfield and was upset in the finals, 3-2. The runner-up finish was an improvement over the third place from last year. Carr is off to a 5-3 start this season after finishing 17-11 last year.

Baker and Cerritos are wrestling well for the Panthers this season. Baker has an overall record of 4-4 and is tied for the team lead in pins with two. Cerritos, who only saw minimal action last year posting a 3-7 record, has improved considerably, ranking third on the team in takedowns with 11 and has a 3-4 record for the year.

"We have better depth this year than we had last season," said PSC head coach Dave Carlson. "Our upperclassmen are really wrestling well, and that shows by their performance. The younger guys are improving by leaps and bounds. I'm pleased with our progress."

The Panthers take on Rhode Island College for their first home match of the season on Wednesday, Dec. 2, at 7:30 p.m. in Foley Gymnasium.

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