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PSU Wrestlers finish fourth at Southern Maine Tournament

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            GORHAM, Maine - The Plymouth State University wrestling team had two individual champions and seven place-winners on Saturday en route to a fourth place finish out of nine schools at the Ted Reese Invitational, hosted by the University of Southern Maine at the Costello Sports Complex.

            Senior Josh St. Ours (Manchester, N.H./Memorial) at 197 pounds and freshman Mike Willey (Tewksbury, Mass.) at 157 led the Panthers by capturing their individual weight classes.  Four Panthers won their third-place bouts - sophomores Dustin Rudy (Iselin, N.J.) at 165 and Eric Larcomb (Jefferson, N.H./White Mtn, Reg.) at 184 and freshmen Cody Oliverio (Brick, N.J.) at 157 and Dan Bilowus (Hazlet, N.J.) at 174 - and sophomore Pat Cassella (Merrimack, N.H.) finished fourth at 133 pounds.

            The Panthers finished with 85 points in the tournament to take fourth place.  The U.S. Military Academy won the event with four individual champions and 122 points; Johnson & Wales University was runner-up with 102 points and the host Southern Maine took third with 97.  After PSU, American International College (57 points) was fifth, followed by Trinity College (44.5), University of New Hampshire (20), UMass Amherst (5) and Bryant (4.5).

            St. Ours (near right), who is ranked fourth in New England at 197 pounds, won his bracket with three straight pins that took a combined two minutes, 49 seconds.  He improved his season mark to 7-2 with six wins by fall.  Willey (far right) posted three consecutive decisions to capture his bracket and up his season mark to 6-3.

            Rudy, who is also ranked fourth in New England, posted a 3-1 record on Saturday, with his only loss coming to Southern Maine's Mike Morin, who is ranked No. 1 in New England at 165.  Oliverio, Bilowus and Larcomb also won three of their four bouts to finish third in their weight classes.  Rudy (8-4) has the most individual wins on the team, while Oliverio improved his record to 7-3.

            The Panthers return to Gorham, Maine, next Saturday for a quad meet with Southern Maine, AIC and Roger Williams University.

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