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January 13, 2008

Panther Wrestlers take fifth place at PSU Invitational Tournament

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Plymouth State University had five individual place-winners and took fifth place as a team Sunday afternoon and evening at the annual PSU Invitational Wrestling Tournament at Foley Gymnasium.

            New York University, which is ranked 27th in the nation in Division III, won the event with 120 points, and Roger Williams University, ranked 30th nationally, finished runner-up with 112 points.  Bridgewater State College placed third with 99, followed by the U.S. Coast Guard Academy (89), Plymouth State (66), Western New England College (26), Morrisville State (26), and the University of New Hampshire Club Team (21.5).

            PSU's best weight class was the 125-pound division, where sophomore Fred Wilkinson (Quogue, N.Y.) finished second and senior Chris Greenwood (Manchester, N.H./West) took third.  Wilkinson won his first three bouts before falling in the final to Bridgewater State's Eric Rosado, who has been an individual champion in the tournament three straight years.  Greenwood lost to Rosado in the semifinals but rebounded with a pair of wins in the back draw to claim third place.  Both Wilkinson and Greenwood are now 10-8 on the season.

            Two other Panther wrestlers finished third in their weight classes -- senior Landon Nelson (Salem, N.Y.) at 184 and senior Josh St. Ours (Manchester, N.H./Memorial) at 285.  Nelson won his first bout before losing to eventual champion Jim Quinlan of Bridgewater State, but bounced back with two wins in the consolation bracket to finish third.  St. Ours had a similar afternoon, winning his first bout by fall, losing in the semifinals, and coming back with a pair of victories to capture third place.  Nelson is now 11-9 on the season while St. Ours has a team-best 14-5 record.

            Senior Ryan Schieding (Manchester, N.H./Memorial) was PSU's other place-winner, finishing fourth at 174 pounds.  He won his first two bouts before losing a decision to eventual champion and the meet's Most Outstanding Wrestler Jared Czarneski of Roger Williams.  Schieding suffered an injury in his back draw victory and lost by medical forfeit in the third-place bout, leaving him with a season record of 12-7.

            PSU will compete again next Sunday, Jan. 20, at the annual New England Conference Dual Meet Championships, hosted by Bridgewater State.

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