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January 12, 2002

Five Panthers place at PSC Open

PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Five members of the Plymouth State College wrestling team finished in the top six in their weight class Saturday at the annual PSC Open Tournament at Foley Gymnasium.

The tournament included 14 schools, including varsity and club teams and junior colleges. No team scoring was kept, and awards were given for the top six in each of the 10 weight classes.

Leading the way for PSC were juniors Jared Raymond (Danville, N.H.) and Shaun Cleary (West Keansburg, N.J.), who both finished runner-up in their respective bracket. Raymond won his first three matches at 133 pounds before losing in the finals, leaving him with a season record of 8-5. Cleary won three straight at 141 pounds before being defeated in the championship bout, and he now has a team-best 22-6 record.

Senior Marco Salce (Keene, N.H.) placed third in the 184-pound weight class. He won four straight matches in the back draw after a second-round setback in the championship bracket. Salce is now 19-7 this season, the second-best mark on the team.

Sophomore Rich Moskowitz (Amherst, N.H.) finished fourth for PSC at 157 pounds, and junior Griffin Banos (Edison, N.J.) placed sixth at 149. Moskowitz posted a 3-2 record in the tournament and is now 17-7, and Banos, who missed the first half of the season recovering from an injury, won his first three matches in the tournament before faltering. He is now 5-4 on the season.

PSC, 5-3 in duals, will compete in the New England Conference dual meet championships next Saturday at Wesleyan University (11:00 a.m.

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