PLYMOUTH, N.H. - The University of Southern Maine jumped out to a 23-6 lead Wednesday evening but had to hold on for a 23-22 victory over Plymouth State University in a collegiate wrestling match at Foley Gymnasium.
The Huskies, who are ranked sixth in New England, improve to 4-3 on the season, while PSU drops to 2-6.
Southern Maine collected victories in five of the first six bouts. Freshmen Mike Dumas (Kennebunk, Maine) at 141 pounds, sophomore Marcus Moyer (Somerville, N.J.) at 157, and freshman Rob Schoner (Sussex, Wis.) at 174 all earned decisions for the Huskies, while freshmen Pat Davenport (Highland Lakes, N.J.) at 125 pounds and Brandon Comstock (North Java, N.Y.) at 165 received forfeit victories.
Freshman Zeth Nolda (East Lyme, Conn.) recorded the first victory of the night for the Panthers, pinning his opponent at 149 pounds for his first fall of the season. PSU staged a comeback, with senior Nick Gurney (Dixfield, Maine) capturing a decision at 184, senior Bill Wilbert (Toms River, N.J.) winning by disqualification at 197, and sophomore Shaun Wilbert (Toms River, N.J.) picking up a forfeit victory at 285, but PSU fell one point short.
Both teams return to action this Sunday at Bridgewater State (Mass.) for the New England Dual Meet Championships (10:00 a.m.)
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