Header Background
November 14, 1999

Panther Wrestlers place eighth at Roger Williams

PLYMOUTH, N.H. - The Plymouth State College wrestling team went with a split squad over the weekend, sending the majority of wrestlers to the Roger Williams Invitational in Bristol, R.I., and a handful of competitors to the Binghamton (NY) Open.

The contingent that went to Roger Williams brought home an eighth place finish for PSC among 14 schools, while eight Panther wrestlers competed in the non-team scoring Open tournament at Binghamton, with one top place-winner.

Senior Ben Baker (Gardiner, Maine) led the Panther unit that was at Binghamton, a very competitive meet that includes teams from all divisions. Baker won his first two matches at 184 pounds, and finished with a 3-1 record to take third place overall in the weight class.

At the Roger Williams Invitational, Plymouth State finished with 51 points for eighth place, not bad considering the team was without eight wrestlers. American International captured the event with 193.4 points.

Lead the way for the Panthers were sophomore Nate Buffington (Plymouth, NH) and freshmen Justin Woods (Tilton, NH) and Steve Ferreira (Salem, NH). Buffington captured fourth place overall at 125 pounds, Woods placed fifth at 184, and Ferreira finished sixth in the 157 pound weight class.

The Panthers, led by fifth-year head coach Dave Carlson, enjoy their home opener at Foley Gymnasium this Wednesday (Nov. 17), hosting Norwich at 7 p.m.

-- 30 --