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January 20, 2008

PSU Wrestlers finish eighth at New England Dual Meet Tournament

            BRIDGEWATER, Mass. - The Plymouth State University wrestling team won its first match but lost its next three Sunday afternoon, and ended up in eighth place out of 15 teams in the annual New England Wrestling Association's Dual Meet Championships, hosted by Bridgewater State College.

            PSU upended Wesleyan University in its first match, meaning that the Panthers could finish no worse than eighth place and the Cardinals could do no better than ninth.  That's exactly what happened, as Plymouth State dropped its next three matches to Rhode Island College (46-3), Southern Maine (26-22) and Springfield College (32-15) and placed eighth, while Wesleyan won its next two over Western New England (32-3) and Coast Guard (48-6) and placed ninth.

            Johnson & Wales University captured the team title with a 4-0 record, including a 33-7 victory over top-seeded Rhode Island College in the championship match.

            Five Panther wrestlers recorded two wins on the day.  Senior Josh St. Ours (Manchester, N.H./Memorial) went 2-1 with a pair of pins in the heavyweight division, senior Ryan Schieding (Manchester, N.H./Memorial) won two out of three at 174 pounds, including a pin, and senior Landon Nelson (Salem, N.Y.) went 2-1 with one pin at 184 pounds.  St. Ours leads the team with a 16-6 record and 10 pins, while Schieding is now 14-8 and Nelson is 13-10. Freshmen Robert Phillips (Brick, N.J.) and Eric Larcomb (Jefferson, N.H./White Mountain Regional) each went 2-0 at 197 pounds for the Panthers.

            The Panthers, now 3-9-1 in duals, return to the mat Saturday with Norwich and Bridgewater State at the MIT quad (1:00 p.m.)

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