ONEONTA, N.Y. - The Plymouth State University wrestling team opened the season with a ninth place finish among 11 teams Sunday at the annual Oneonta State Red Dragon Invitational, with four Panther wrestlers placing in the top six in their respective weight class.
Wilkes University won the all-day event, scoring 141 points, while Cortland State was runner-up with 127.5 points. New York University was third (118.5), followed by Oneonta (101), Southern Maine (93), Johns Hopkins (72), RIT (67), WPI (62), Plymouth State (49), and Morrisville and Scranton, both with 29.5. Cortland and Oneonta State were top-20 finishers at the NCAA Championships last season.
The top Plymouth State performance came from freshman Shawn Moseley (Hooksett, N.H./ Concord HS/Tilton Prep), who finished runner-up in the 133-pound bracket. He pinned his first two opponents in 30 seconds each, including the #2-seed Ryan Gadsby of Cortland State. Moseley then earned a 13-7 decision over #6-seed Dan MacBlane of Oneonta State before falling in the title bout to top-seeded Julian Nicholas of RIT, 12-6.
PSU junior Matt Friend (Jefferson, N.H.) also had a solid performance in the 133-pound bracket, placing fourth and collecting wins in four of his six matches. After an opening-round win, he lost his second-round match but rebounded with three straight victories in the backdraw before losing in the 3rd/4th-place battle.
Freshman Zeth Nolda (East Lyme, Conn./Waterford) at 149 and sophomore Shaun Wilbert (Toms River, N.J.) at 197 were PSU's other place-winners, each placing sixth in their weight class. Nolda won his first two matches, including a defeat over the #5 seed, before suffering his first loss to the #4 seed. He came back with two more wins before a setback to the #2 seed and a loss in the 5th/6th-place match. Wilbert won his first two matches before suffering three consecutive losses, including decisions to the #6 and #4 seeds.
Freshman B.J. Allen (Derry, N.H./Pinkerton) at 141 pounds, senior Nick Gurney (Dixfield, Maine) at 184, and freshman Tom Pacelli (Madison, Conn.) at 197 each finished 2-2 in their weight class, with both of their losses coming to seeded wrestlers. Freshman Corey Betty (Lowell, Mass.) at 125 pounds and sophomore Bruce Pacy (Triton, Mass.) at 197 collected one win apiece.
The Panthers will be back in action with a dual match at Rhode Island College on Wednesday, Nov. 30. PSU returns to New York for the annual RIT Invitational on Saturday, Dec. 3.
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