PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Plymouth State College finished in fourth place Saturday among eight schools at the annual PSC Invitational Wrestling Tournament at Foley Gymnasium.
Norwich University won the event with 121.5 team points, ahead of runner-up Coast Guard (101.5 points). Wesleyan University placed third (57.5), followed by PSC (40.5), the University of New Hampshire club team (35), Southern Maine (23.5), Western New England (21.5) and Springfield College (12).
Senior Shaun Cleary (West Keansburg, N.J.) led the Panthers, capturing the title in the 141-pound weight class and earning the tournament's Outstanding Wrestler honor. It was the third tournament title this season for Cleary, along with a second place and a third place. He went 3-0 in the PSC tourney, including a 2-1 double-overtime decision in the title match over Norwich's Nolan Cisper, improving his season record to 25-2.
Two other Panthers finished in the top four in their respective weight classes. Junior Rich Moskowitz (Amherst, N.H.) captured the championship at 157 pounds, defeating Ryan Holder of UNH in the title bout, 13-9. Moskowitz is now 17-4 on the season. Junior Rick Simula (Plymouth, N.H.) finished runner-up in the heavyweight division, dropping an 8-3 decision to Coast Guard's Gavin Garcia in the title match. Simula improved his season record to 15-7.
Plymouth State is back in action next Saturday, competing in the New England Dual Meet Championships at the Coast Guard Academy in New London, Conn.
PLYMOUTH STATE COLLEGE INVITATIONAL WRESTLING TOURNAMENT January 18, 2003 --- Foley Gymnasium, Plymouth, NH
Team Scores: Norwich 121.5, Coast Guard 101.5, Wesleyan 57.5, Plymouth State 40.5, U. of New Hampshire (Club) 35, Southern Maine 23.5, Western New England 21.5, Springfield 12
Outstanding Wrestler: Shaun Cleary (Plymouth State, 141 pounds)
Most Falls/Least Time: Jake Rivers (Norwich) (3 falls, 4:46)
125 Pounds Championship: Pat Howard (NU) def. Angol Marquez (WNEC), 10-3 Third-Place: Phil Germakian (UNH) def. Joanna Wu (Wes.), WBF (0:32)
133 Pounds Championship: Chris Chartier (UNH) def. Tim Beranndt (CGA), WBF (2:25) Third-Place: Niko Filizppakis (NU) def. Josh DiPietro (GCA), 8-4
141 Pounds Championship: Shaun Cleary (PSC) def. Nolan Cisper (NU), 2-1 (2OT) Third-Place: Gabe Fierro-Fine (WU) def. Bryan Radik (CGA), 12-5
149 Pounds Championship: Jake Rivers (NU) def. Matt Thurston (NU), 2-0 Third-Place: John Lisko (CGA) def. Camilo Rincon-Camacho (WU), 11-10
157 Pounds Championship: Rich Moskowitz (PSC) def. Ryan Holder (UNH), 13-9 Third-Place: Jamie Grabowski (CGA) def. Ben Davis Oscar (SC), 6-4
165 Pounds Championship: Robbie Roose (WU) def. Scott Koser (CGA), 5-3 Third-Place: Andrew Acosta (NU) def. Jeremy Verrochia (USM), 7-5
174 Pounds Championship: Dave Bartlett (WU) def. Jerard Melito (SC), 9-2 Third-Place: Mike Leonard (WU) def. Jon Capen (NU), 14-0
184 Pounds Championship: Josh Boyle (CGA) def. Dustin Buttrick (NU), WBF (3:45) Third-Place: Phil Hamilton (USM) def. Shaun Darrow (USM), 5-2
197 Pounds Championship: Sean Ryburn (NU) def. Brian Fiorenza (NU), 32-23 Third-Place: Ben O'Loughlin (CGA) def. Warren Clanton (WU), 2-1 (2OT)
Heavyweight Championship: Gavin Garcia (CGA) def. Rick Simula (PSC), 8-3 Third-Place: Garvin Hendley (WNEC) def. Matt Moran (WU), 4-1