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December 7, 2002

PSC places eighth at RIT

ONEONTA, N.Y. - Three Plymouth State College wrestlers captured individual titles Saturday, and five finished in the top six in their weight classes at the annual Oneonta Red Dragon Invitational Tournament.

The Panthers finished fifth as a team in the 10-school event. Cortland State won the tournament with 131 points, followed by Messiah (90.5), Oneonta State (85), Hunter (77.5), PSC (76.5), WPI (71.5), NYU (69), Washington & Jefferson (54.5), Johns Hopkins (49) and Scranton (39).

Senior Shaun Cleary (West Keansburg, N.J.), junior Nate Kittredge (Vergennes, Vt.) and junior Rick Simula (Plymouth, N.H.) led the Panthers with individual titles, Cleary at 141 pounds, Kittredge at 184 and Simula at heavyweight. Junior Rich Moskowitz (Amherst, N.H.) also advanced to the final at 157 pounds and finished runner-up, and senior Lee Miller (Concord, N.H.) placed sixth at 149 pounds, winning three and losing two matches.

Cleary earned four straight decisions in the 141 pound bracket, including an 11-6 verdict over Johnson Bryon of Washington & Jefferson in the final. Cleary improves his early season record to 11-1.

Kittredge earned a first-round bye then won the tournament with three straight decisions, including a 5-2 win over Cortland's Jake Armstrong in the title bout. Kittredge, who won the Roger Williams Tournament last weekend, is off to a 9-0 start this season.

Simula's road to his title included a major decision over Julio Santiago of Oneonta in the quarterfinals and a 3-2 victory over Mike Romano of Hunter College in the final. Simula now has a 5-3 record this season.

Moskowitz won his first three matches in the tournament but was derailed in the final with a 9-5 loss to his younger brother Joe Moskowitz, a sophomore at WPI. Rich, who placed fourth at the Roger Williams Tournament a week ago, is now 8-3 this season.

Miller earned decisions in his first three matches at 149 to advance to the semifinals, but was eliminated after consecutive losses in the semifinal and consolations rounds. Miller now has a 4-2 record this season.

The Panthers return to competition on Saturday, Dec. 7, at the RIT Invitational in Rochester, N.Y.

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