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December 8, 2008

PSU Wrestler named New England Rookie of the Week

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. - One of the freshmen on the Plymouth State University wrestling team was honored Monday with his selection as New England Wrestling Association Rookie of the Week.

            Freshman Mike Willey (Tewksbury, Mass.) received the honor from the NEWA, the first Panther wrestler this year to earn weekly recognition.  Willey helped the Panthers to a fourth-place finish at the Ted Reese Invitational last Saturday at the University of Southern Maine.

             A 157-pounder, Willey (right) captured the championship in his weight class at USM, posting three straight wins by decision.  The sixth seed in the bracket, Willey defeated Vince Egloff of Johnson & Wales, 3-2, in his first bout, followed by a 4-1 decision over Alex Shea of Johnson & Wales, and he wrapped up the title with a 5-4 win over Larry Coughlin of Southern Maine in the championship bout.

            Willey, one of several strong freshmen on this year's Panther team, improved his overall record to 6-3.

            The NEWA also released its latest individual rankings on Monday, and three Panthers are ranked in the top six in their weight classes.  Senior Josh St. Ours (Manchester, N.H./Memorial) is ranked fourth at 197 pounds, sophomore Dustin Rudy (Iselin, N.J.) is fourth at 165 pounds, and junior Fred Wilkinson (Quogue, N.Y.) is ranked fifth at 125 pounds. Rudy leads the team in victories with an 8-4 record, while St. Ours is next at 7-2 and Wilkinson is 5-4.

            The Panthers return to Gorham, Maine, this Saturday for a quad meet with Southern Maine, American International College and Roger Williams University. 

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