ROCHESTER, N.Y. - Plymouth State College had three place-winners and finished sixth out of nine teams last weekend at the 34th Annual RIT Wrestling Invitational.
Cortland (134.5 points) upset Springfield (131.5) for the team championship, followed by John Carroll (123), Oswego (121.5), Plymouth State (62), RIT (57.5), Coast Guard (50) and Norwich (21.5).
The Panthers had three individuals finished as place-winners in the tournament, including a pair of runner-ups and a third pace. Senior Ben Baker (Gardiner, Maine) captured third at 174 pounds, his second consecutive runner-up tournament finish. Senior Nick Volpe (Holmdel, NJ) was also a second-place finisher at 133 pounds, and junior Marco Salce (Keene, NH) took third at 184.
Baker, who placed third at the Colonial Open in Binghamton, NY and second in the Doug Parker Invitational at Springfield last month, was the second seed at RIT and advanced to the championship round. But he met John Roden of Springfield, and was edged, 2-1. Baker now has a season record of 10-3, posting the most wins on the team.
Volpe was the second seed in the 133 pound bracket, and advanced to the finals with a pair of victories over Nick Garuccio of Springfield and Jason Belcher of Oswego. Volpe's bid for the title was stopped in the finals by Joe Boxer of Cortland, 20-9.
Salce, who received the third seed in the tournament at 184 pounds, won his first match but was derailed in the semi-finals by second-seeded Craig Angermeier of Springfield. Salce came back to win two back-draw matches to capture third place and improve his season record to 7-6.
The Panthers, guided by fifth-year head coach Dave Carlson, host Southern Maine, Western New Enland and Roger Williams this Saturday (Dec. 11) at Foley Gymnasium in the final competition of the semester. PSC will meet WNEC at 1 p.m., Roger Williams at 3 p.m. (approx.), and USM at 5 p.m. (approx.).
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