NEW LONDON, Conn. - Plymouth State College split four matches and finished in 10th place Saturday at the annual New England Dual Meet Wrestling Championships, hosted by the Coast Guard Academy.
After a 26-18 opening round loss to Wesleyan University, the Panthers defeated Western New England College 32-12 in a consolation round match. PSC then knocked off the University of Southern Maine 39-7 in the consolation semi-finals before falling to Johnson & Wales University, 26-18, in the consolation final. Plymouth State is now 4-4 in dual meets this season.
Trinity College won the 15-team tournament, defeating Bridgewater State College in the championship match-up. Norwich University placed third, followed (in order) by Coast Guard, Wesleyan, Roger Williams, WPI, Rhode Island College, Johnson & Wales, PSC, Springfield, Southern Maine, Williams, WNEC, and MIT.
Senior Shaun Cleary (West Keansburg, N.J.) continued his dominating season, winning all three of his encounters on the day at 141 pounds over opponents from Wesleyan, USM and JWU. Cleary improved his season record to a sparkling 28-2.
Junior Rick Simula (Plymouth, N.H.) finished with a 4-0 record on the day in the heavyweight division, but earned three of his decisions by forfeit. He registered a 3-2 victory over WNEC's Garvin Headley to improve his season record to 19-7.
Sophomore Dan Moskowitz (Amherst, N.H.) and junior Nate Kittredge (Vergennes, Vt.) both won three matches for the Panthers, finishing with a 3-1 mark. Moskowitz won at 149 pounds in the Wesleyan and WNEC duals and at 157 against Southern Maine before suffering a defeat at 149 vs. JWU. Moskowitz improved his record to 11-6 on the season. Kittredge bounced back from a loss against Wesleyan to win three straight (two pins and a forfeit) and improve his season mark to 16-3.
Other Panther wrestlers who registered wins include junior Rich Moskowitz (Amherst, N.H.), who went 2-1 on the afternoon to up his record to 19-5; sophomore Kyle Pietrowski (Eliot, Maine), who finished 2-2 at 197 pounds; sophomore Micah Canestaro (Wakefield, Mass.), who earned a decision against WNEC at 141 pounds but dropped a match against Southern Maine at 149; and sophomore Jim Burnham (South Windsor, Conn.), who finished 1-2 at 165 pounds.
PSC is back in action Wednesday with a dual match at WPI (7:00 p.m.).