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Baker Leads PSC Wrestlers at Doug Parker Invitational

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - Plymouth State College's wrestling team finished eighth out of 17 schools Saturday at the annual Doug Parker Invitational, hosted by Springfield College.

Springfield captured the team championship with 153.5 points, easily outdistancing runner-up American Internationl (112.5). PSC finished eighth with 48.5 points, 1.5 behind Norwich and 0.5 ahead of Coast Guard.

Senior Ben Baker (Gardiner, Maine) was PSC's top performer, finishing runner-up at 174 pounds. The third seed in the tournament, Baker won his first three bouts to advance to the finals, where he lost for the second straight season to defending New England champion John Roden of Springfield, 7-2. Baker now has an 8-2 record this season, with a pair of top tournament finishes (3rd at Binghamton Open, 2nd at Doug Parker).

A total of 15 Panthers competed in the tournament. Those winning at least two matches for PSC included freshman Dana Grenon (Laconia, NH) at 125 pounds, junior Nick Volpe (Holmdel, NJ) and freshman Jared Raymond (Danville, NH) at 133, freshman Eric Runci (Whitman, Mass.) at 149, senior Mike DeRoehn (Warren, NH) at 157, senior Shawn Kain (Lakeville, MA) at 165, junior Marco Salce (Keene, NH) at 184, and freshman Bruce MacKay (Plymouth, NH) at heavyweight.

The Panthers, guided by fifth-year head coach Dave Carlson, are idle until competing in the RIT Invitational in Rochester, NY, on Saturday, Dec. 4th (9 a.m.).

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