PLYMOUTH, N.H. - The collegiate wrestling meet between Plymouth State College and the University of Massachusetts Lowell, scheduled for this Thursday (Feb. 11) at Milford (N.H.) High School, has been cancelled, according to both schools, and will not be made up.
That means that PSC's regular season is complete with a 12-6 overall record under fourth-year head coach Dave Carlson. The Panthers are also ranked fourth in the New England Division III Coaches Poll, and eighth in the New England All-Division Coaches Poll.
The Panthers, along with the 14 other Division III schools, now have their eyes set on the New England Collegiate Conference Wrestling Association Championships, set for Feb. 20-21 at Rhode Island College in Providence. The Panthers won New England titles in 1993 and 1996.
Plymouth State will head into the New England meet with six wrestlers ranked in the top four in their weight classes. Senior Ryan Carr (Salem, NH) is the top-ranked individual in the heavyweight division, classmate Russ Pamulak (Indianola, IA) is ranked second at 184 pounds, and sophomore 141-pounder Brent Arbogast (Nashua, NH) and senior 149-pounder Todd Oljey (Byfield, MA) are both third in their weight classes. Juniors Ben Baker (Gardiner, ME) and Shawn Kain (Lakeville, MA) are ranked fourth at 174 and 165, respectively.
Carr and Arbogast, a pair of Granite Staters, have had terrific seasons for the Panthers. Carr has a team-best 28-5 record, and owns the team takedown lead with 67. He was the New England runner-up the past two seasons at 190 pounds, and owns a 79-31 career record. Arbogast, in his first year at PSC after transferring from two schools, has a superb 25-5 record with a team-high 12 pins. He has done well in tournaments this season, winning his weight class at the Doug Parker Invitational at Springfield and PSC Open, and placing second at the RIT Invitational in Rochester, NY.
PSC's other ranked wrestlers will also take strong individual records into the New Englands. Oljey, a two-time New England place-winner, has come on in the second half of the season to improve his record to 16-8. Pamulak, fourth at last year's New England meet, has earned his second straight 20-win season with a 22-8 mark. Baker, New England runner-up last season, is 18-8 this year and one win shy of his career best record, and Kain has posted a career-best 15-12 mark.
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