GORHAM, Maine - Plymouth State University had three individual champions and 15 overall place-winners Saturday and captured the team title at the Ted Reese Invitational Wrestling Tournament, hosted by the University of Southern Maine.
The Panthers scored 183.5 points in the tournament, ahead of runner-up Southern Maine (164 points). American International College (97) finished third, followed by the University of Massachusetts Club (64.5), Bridgewater State (42), University of New Hampshire Club (40), Bryant University Club (39), Rensselaer Club (26.5), Northeastern Club (22) and Johnson & Wales (21).
"This tournament wasn't as strong as some of the others that we've been to," said PSU head coach Jason Holder. "But there were some good wrestlers there. It was a solid test for our guys. It was a good challenge for them, and they stepped up. This should give us, especially the young guys, a boost of confidence."
Leading the way for the Panthers were juniors Shaun Wilbert (Toms River, N.J.), Landon Nelson (Salem, N.Y.) and Chris Greenwood (Manchester, N.H./West). Wilbert and Nelson each won three straight bouts to capture individual titles in the 285- and 184-pound brackets, respectively, while Greenwood needed only two wins to take the 125-pound division.
Six Panther wrestlers finished runner-up in their respective weight classes - freshman Dave Smith (Mexico, Maine) at 285, freshman Josh St. Ours (Manchester, N.H./Memorial) at 197, sophomore Bruce Pacy (Byfield, Mass.) at 184, freshman Donny Connolly (Plaistow, N.H./Timberlane) at 165, junior Ryan Schieding (Manchester, N.H./Memorial) at 157, and freshman Fred Wilkinson (Quogue, N.Y.) at 125.
PSU third-place finishers included freshman Dan Burke (Salem, N.H.) at 184, freshmen Jared Laganas (Dracut, Mass.) at 149, sophomore Shawn Moseley (Hooksett, N.H./Concord HS/Tilton Prep) at 141, and senior Matt Friend (Jefferson, N.H./White Mountain) at 133.
Plymouth State is back in action next Saturday in a quad-meet at Roger Williams University in Bristol, R.I., along with Western New England and Southern Maine (12:00 p.m.) Roger Williams is ranked third, Southern Maine fifth and PSU 10th in the most recent New England Division III poll.
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