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Raymond leads PSC at Wisc.-Parkside Open

KENOSHA, Wis. - Plymouth State College had three individuals place in the top five of their respective weight class Saturday in the 15-team University of Wisconsin-Parkside Open Tournament.

Leading the way for PSC was sophomore 125-pounder Jared Raymond (Exeter, N.H.), who overcame an injury to go 4-0 and capture the individual title at 125 pounds. He defeated three of the top six seeds en route to the crown, and was selected the tournament's Outstanding Wrestler.

Other top finishers for the Panthers included senior Marco Salce (Keene, N.H.), who finished runner-up at 184 pounds, and sophomore Rich Moskowitz (Amherst, N.H.), who placed fifth at 157.

Raymond, who went to Morehead H.S. in Eden, N.C., injured a tooth in a first-round victory over AJ Albrecht of Triton Community College. After a visit to an area dentist, the fifth-seeded Raymond came back to knock off fourth-seeded Joey Charles of UW-Parkside, top-seeded James Maramillo of Marquette, and sixth-seeded Victor Juarez of UM-Parkside to capture the title and the tournament's top honor. Raymond improved his record to 9-2 this season.

Moskowitz went 3-2 in the tournament to finish fifth at 157, improving his season record to 9-3. Salce lost to unattached wrestler Roy Forsythe in the 184-pound final, finishing 3-1 in the tournament and improving his season mark to 12-3, best on the team.

The open tournament, which did not keep team scores, included College of Lake County, Concordia, Harper College, Marquette, Maranatha Bible College, North Central College, PSC, Truman State, Triton College, U. Dubuque, UW-Lacrosse, UW-Parkside, UW-Stevens Point, Waubonsee College, and Wright College.

The Panthers compete in their first home match of the season this Wednesday (Dec. 6) when they host Rhode Island College at Foley Gymnasium (7 p.m.)