WORCESTER, Mass. - Led by freshman Mike Murphy's (Quincy, Mass.) pin at 133 pounds, the Worcester Polytechnic Institute wrestling team defeated Plymouth State College Wednesday night, 25-17, at WPI's Alumni Gym.
WPI, which is ranked 7th in New England, raises its record to 6-8, while Plymouth State, rankd 10th in New England, falls to 4-5.
The match began at 125 pounds with WPI sophomore Dave Whalley (Southwick, MA) accepting a forfeit. Murphy came up with his pin at 133, giving WPI a 12-0 lead.
The Panthers won the next three matches to cut the margin to 12-10. Junior Shaun Cleary (West Keansburg, NJ) at 141, by sophomore Dan Moskowitz (Amherst, NH) at 149, and by sophomore Micah Canestaro (Wakefield, MA) at 157 picked up wins for PSC. Canestaro, actually a 141-pounder, defeated WPI junior Colin Pacelli (Foxboro, MA), actually a 149-pounder.
WPI's Joe Moskowitz (Amherst, N.H.), younger brother of PSC wrestlers Rich and Dan Moskowitz, got the call at 165 and won by injury default. Sophomore Pete Serian (Hollis, NH) won an 8-5 decision at 174 pounds to give WPI a 21-10 lead.
Junior Nate Kittredge (Vergennes, VT) came up with a hard-fought win at 184, and the Panthers were still in the match. But normal 174-pounder Pete Krzyzewski (Kingston, MA), a sophomore transfer from Sacred Heart, wrestled at 197 and remained unbeaten since he has been at WPI, clinching the team match.
PSC junior Rick Simula (Plymouth, NH) easily won his match at heavyweight to make the final overall score, 25-17.
The Panthers are now idle for 10 days before returning to action next Saturday (Feb. 8) at Trinity College along with Springfield and Johnson & Wales.
(Courtesy WPI Sports Information)