PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Five Plymouth State College wrestlers were among those ranked in the top six in New England in each weight class by the New England Intercollegiate Wrestling News.
The Panthers were in the eighth spot as a team in the New England rankings. There are 15 Division III programs in New England.
PSC senior Marco Salce (Keene, N.H.) is the top-ranked wrestler in New England at 184 pounds. Salce, who finished 25-14 last season and placed fifth at the New England championships, is off to a 7-2 start this year, and he won the Oneonta State Invitational last weekend in New York.
The Moskowitz brothers (Amherst, N.H.) are both ranked third in their respective weight classes. Rich, a sophomore, who led the team with a 32-10 record last year, is currently 6-2 this season and ranked #3 at 157 pounds. Dan, a freshman, has won his first eight collegiate matches, including the championship last Saturday at Oneonta, to earn the #3 ranking at 165 pounds.
Two local products are ranked for PSC in the lightest and heaviest weight classes. Senior Nate Buffington (Plymouth, N.H.) is ranked sixth at 125 pounds after a 5-3 start to his season, and sophomore Rick Simula (Plymouth, N.H.) is ranked fifth at 285 pounds after beginning the year with a 9-3 record.
Plymouth State, led by seventh-year head coach Dave Carlson, lost a tough 23-19 decision to Norwich in their only dual match of the season. The Panthers placed fifth out of 15 teams at the Roger Williams Invitational, and fourth out of 14 teams last weekend at Oneonta.
PSC returns to action in New York at the RIT Invitational in Rochester on Saturday, Dec. 1st.