PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Worcester Polytechnic Institute won seven of the 10 bouts Wednesday night to defeat Plymouth State College 31-15 at Foley Gymnasium in PSC's final home wrestling meet of the year.
WPI, which placed sixth at the New England Dual Meet Championships last weekend and is ranked seventh in New England, improves to 6-8, while PSC, which finished third last weekend and is ranked fourth in New England, drops to 7-5.
The meet featured three Moskowitz brothers from Amherst, N.H., two wrestling for Plymouth State and one for WPI. Joe Moskowitz, a freshman at WPI, and Dan Moskowitz, a freshman at PSC, squared off at 165 pounds, with younger brother Joe recording a 6-0 decision in the first career head-to-head competition between the two. Rich Moskowitz, a sophomore for PSC and the oldest of the brothers, earned a major decision (17-1) at 157 pounds over junior Paul Blanchard (Westford, Mass.).
The Panthers took a 10-6 lead, with senior Marco Salce (Keene, N.H.) earning a major decision at 184 pounds and sophomore Rick Simula (Plymouth, N.H.) recording a pin at heavyweight. But with the exception of Rich Moskowitz, it was all WPI the rest of the evening.
Sophomores Dave Capone (Lincoln, R.I.) at 197 pounds and Deshawn Fentress (Brockton, Mass.) at 133 registered pins for the Engineers. WPI decisions were won by sophomores Anthony Paoletta (Danville, N.H.) at 125 and Colin Pacelli (Foxboro, Mass.) at 149, and senior Chris Newton (Wayland, Mass.) at 174. Freshman Rob Saltzman (Foxboro, Mass.) won by forfeit at 141.
The Panthers are idle for 10 days, returning to action Saturday (Feb. 2) at a quad meet at Johnson & Wales with Trinity and Springfield. WPI faces Hunter College Saturday at 11 a.m.
WPI 31, PSC 15
184 lbs. Marco Salce (PSC) def. Rich Omar (WPI), 21-6 197 lbs. Dave Capone (WPI) pinned Taylor Kruse (PSC), 2:50 HWT Rick Simula (PSC) pinned John Scobo (WPI), 1:40 125 lbs. Anthony Paoletta (WPI) def. Nate Buffington (PSC), 13-5 133 lbs. Deshawn Fentress (WPI) pinned Jared Raymond (PSC), 3:55 141 lbs. Rob Saltzman (WPI) def. won by default 149 lbs. Colin Pacelli (WPI) def. Aaron Miller (PSC),15-8 157 lbs. Rich Moskowitz (PSC) def. Paul Blancahrd (WPI), 17-1 165 lbs. Joe Moskowitz (WPI) def. Dan Moskowitz (PSC), 6-0 174 lbs. Chris Newton (WPI) def. Jim Burnham (PSC), 7-4