BRISTOL, R.I. - The Plymouth State College wrestling team got its season started Saturday by placing ninth out of 17 teams at the Eleventh Annual Roger Williams Invitational Tournament.
Ithaca College dominated the field and won the event with 175 points, well ahead of runner-up Norwich University (122.5 points). Plymouth State place ninth with 73.5 points, just ahead of WPI (73 points) and behind eighth-place Rhode Island College (77).
Three Panthers wrestlers placed in the top six in their respective weight classes. Junior Nate Kittredge (Vergennes, Vt.) led the way, capturing first place in the 184-pound division after posting a 5-0 record with two pins. He defeated Chris Robichaud of Wesleyan College in the championship bout. PSC senior Shaun Cleary (West Keansburg, N.J.) went 6-1 at 141 pounds, including a pair of pins, to place third in his weight class, while junior Rich Moskowitz (Amherst, N.H.) posted a 4-2 record with two pins and placed fourth at 157 pounds.
Three other Panthers turned in solid efforts in the tournament. Sophomore David Preciado (Stoneham, Mass.) at 133 pounds, classmate Micah Canestaro (Wakefield, Mass.) at 141, and junior Rick Simula (Plymouth, N.H.) in the heavyweight division all wrestled well and finished with a 2-2 record. Preciado and Simula earned both their wins by fall.
The tournament marked the debut of new Panther head coach Don Perrin. Plymouth State will compete in its first dual match of the season this Wednesday (Nov. 20) at Norwich (7:30 p.m.).