PLYMOUTH, N.H. - The Plymouth State College wrestling program begins a new era this weekend when the Panthers make their season debut under new head coach Don Perrin.
PSC begins the campaign this Saturday (Nov. 16) at the annual Roger Williams Invitational in Bristol, R.I. The Panthers will compete in their first dual match next Wednesday (Nov. 20) at Norwich University, followed by a trip to New York on Nov. 23 for the Oneonta Invitational. The only home match this semester is Wednesday, Dec. 11, against Rhode Island College.
Perrin, a 1996 PSC graduate and former three-time All-New England wrestler, is in his first season taking over from Dave Carlson, who who resigned after seven successful seasons to return to his native Midwest. Perrin inherits a program that finished with a 9-7 record last season, placed fourth out of 15 teams at the New England Conference Championships, and sent a representative to the NCAA Division III National Championships for the sixth time in the last seven years.
2002-03 P.S.C Wrestling Outlook
Plymouth State should have another solid team in 2002-03, with the return of 15 veterans and five All-New England wrestlers.
"We have a pretty strong nucleus of returnees," says Perrin. "Our goals will be very similar to recent years - to have a winning record and finish in the top five in New England. We have several guys who could challenge for some top individual honors, but we want to maintain the focus on the team and achieving team goals."
Leading the cast of returnees is junior Rich Moskowitz (Amherst, N.H.), who captured the New England title at 157 pounds and went on to the NCAA National Tournament and finished with a 29-15 record. Sophomore Dan Moskowitz (Amherst, N.H.), who was 26-16 at 165 pounds also returns after earning All-New England honors last season.
Other key returnees include senior Shaun Cleary (West Keansburg, N.J.) at 141 pounds and junior Rick Simula (Plymouth, N.H.) at heavyweight. Cleary was 24-12 last season, one of four Panther wrestlers to win 20 matches, while Simula fell just shy with a 19-14 record. Also returning are senior Dave Brown (North Andover, Mass.) at 141 pounds and junior Nate Kittredge (Vergennes, Vt.) at 197. Kittredge earned All-Conference honors in 2001 before sitting out last season.
"We have some good veterans," says Perrin, "and a few strong freshmen who could make an impact. We have the basis for what could be a very successful season."