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February 20, 2005

Kittredge captures New England Wrestling Championship and NCAA berth

PROVIDENCE, R.I.

- The Plymouth State University wrestling team finished with four All-New England wrestlers Sunday and captured sixth place among 15 schools at the New England Collegiate Conference Wrestling Association's Annual Championships, hosted this year by Johnson & Wales University.

            The Panthers, who improved from last year's 10th place, scored 64.5 points, just ahead of Trinity (61) and WPI (58.5).  Springfield won its fourth straight championship with 128.5 points, well ahead of runner-up Johnson & Wales (116).  Rounding out the top five schools were Rhode Island College (87), Norwich (83), and Williams (70).

            Senior Nate Kittredge (Vergennes, Vt.) highlighted the Plymouth State performance by winning the championship at 184 pounds, his second title in three years.  Senior Dan Moskowitz (Amherst, N.H.) finished runner-up at 157 pounds, getting knocked off in the finals after winning championships the past two years at 149.  Sophomore Brandon Black (Keene, N.H.) also finished runner-up for the Panthers at 165 pounds, and freshman Shaun Wilbert (Toms River, N.J.) was PSU's fourth All-New England wrestler with a sixth place in the 285-pound division.  The top six wrestlers in each weight class comprise the All-New England team.

Kittredge (left), the third seed at 184 pounds, went undefeated in five bouts of the double-elimination tournament, including victories on Sunday over top-seeded Peter Krzyzewski of WPI (4-2) and fifth-seeded PJ Rovinelli of Springfield (11-3). Kittredge defeated four seeded wrestlers en route to the title, improving his season record to 31-6 and his career mark to 105-21. He becomes a four-time All-New England wrestler, as he placed second at 197 in 2001, first at 184 in 2003 and 2005, and fourth at 174 in 2004.

With the New England Championship, Kittredge advances to the NCAA Division III Championships in Northfield, Minn., hosted by St. Olaf College. Kittredge qualified for the NCAA's two years ago but missed the event with an injury.

 

Moskowitz (right) also becomes a four-time All-New England performer with his second place at 157 pounds, having placed third at 165 as a freshman and won titles the past two years at 149. After winning three bouts Saturday to advance to the finals, Moskowitz was defeated by third-seeded freshman Steve Martell, 10-2. Moskowitz rebounded with an 8-3 victory over top-seeded Adam Jonas of Wesleyan in the consolation bracket, but was defeated again by Martell for the championship, 7-4. Martell was named New England Rookie of the Year. Moskowitz completes the season with a 27-11 record, and concludes a terrific career with a 97-41 mark.

 

Black (left) earned his second straight All-New England honor, having placed fourth at 157 pounds last season and second this year at 165. Seeded seventh, Black won his first two bouts before his first loss, then rebounded with three straight victories in the backdraw before another loss to John Dolan of Williams in the title match. Black finishes the season with a 17-13 record, and has a 39-24 mark in two years.

 

Wilbert (right) finished in sixth place at 285 after posting a 4-2 record in the tournament. He posted back-to-back pins over eighth-seeded John Russo of Roger Williams and fifth-seeded Jim-Bob Stanley of Johnson & Wales. Wilbert then received a medical default for sixth place, finishing the season with a 19-19 record.

Plymouth State is led by third-year head coach Donnie Perrin and second-year assistant Jason Holder. Perrin is stepping down at the end of the season and Holder is taking over as head coach.

 

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