ONEONTA, N.Y. - Plymouth State College sent a contingent of 17 wrestlers to the Oneonta State Invitational Saturday, and returned home with six place-winners and a fourth place team finish among the 10 competing schools.
Cortland State (N.Y.) captured the team title with 73 points, and Oneonta State and Western Maryland tied for second with 66 points. PSC was fourth with 51, followed by Messiah (40), New York University (39.5), Hunter (38), Scranton (33), Ursinas (31) and WPI (27).
Leading the Panther effort was senior Marco Salce (Keene, N.H.) and freshman Dan Moskowitz (Amherst, N.H.). Salce won four straight matches to win the 184-pound weight class, and Moskowitz captured all four of his matches to win the 165-pound bracket. Moskowitz is now 8-0 on the season and Salce is 7-2.
Two other Panthers placed third in their respective weight divisions. Sophomore Rick Simula (Plymouth, N.H.) won three out of four matches to place third in the heavyweight bracket, and junior Shaun Cleary (West Keansburg, N.J.) won his first three bouts and then two more in the back draw to capture third at 141 pounds. Simula is now 9-3 on the season and Cleary is 8-4.
Plymouth State's other two -place-winners were sophomore Rich Moskowitz (Amherst, N.H.) and freshman Bob Blinn (Pelham, N.H.). Moskowitz won three of his five matches at 157 pounds to place fifth, and Blinn went 2-2 in the heavyweight division to place sixth.
PSC is now idle until returning to New York for the RIT Invitational in Rochester on Saturday, Dec. 1st.