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January 31, 2000

PSC Wrestlers ranked in New England Division III

PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Three members of the Plymouth State College wrestling team are ranked in their respective weight classes by the New England Intercollegiate Wrestling News, and the Panthers as a team have inched up a notch.

Senior Ben Baker (Gardiner, Maine), who is ranked sixth nationally at 174 pounds, is ranked second in New England Division III at 174, while senior Shawn Kain (Lakeville, Mass.) is ranked fifth in New England at 165 pounds and senior Nick Volpe (Holmdel, NJ) is sixth at 133 pounds.

The Panthers, who improved to 8-6 with wins Saturday over MIT and Wesleyan, are now tied for seventh in New England Division III with WPI.

Baker won both of his bouts Saturday to improve his season record to a team-best 24-3 and up his career mark to 76-34. He is a two-time New England runner-up (at 167 in 1998 and 174 in 1999), and was an NCAA qualifier last season. Kain also picked up a pair of victories Saturday, improving his season record to 14-12 at 165 pounds. He placed fifth at the New Englands last winter, and owns a career mark of 53-54. Volpe is ranked sixth at 133 pounds and has a season record of 11-11.

Other Panthers with strong individual records this season include sophomore Eric Runci (Whitman, Mass.), who is 19-12 at 149 pounds, and sophomore Marco Salce (Keene, NH), who is 19-13 at 184 pounds.

PSC completes the dual meet season this Saturday (Feb. 5) at Springfield College with duals against Springfield, Trinity and Johnson & Wales. The Panthers, led by fifth-year head coach Dave Carlson, will compete in the New England Championships on Feb. 19-20 at Western New England College in Springfield.

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