GORHAM, Maine - The Plymouth State University wrestling team won its first match but lost its next two Saturday afternoon at a quad meet hosted by the University of Southern Maine at the Costello Sports Complex.
The Panthers edged Southern Maine in the first match, 25-24, but followed with a 41-6 loss to Roger Williams University and a 27-21 setback to American International College. PSU completes the first semester of competition with a 2-3 record in dual matches. Roger Williams, which is ranked fourth in the New England Division III poll, is now 5-0, while USM is 2-2 and AIC is 5-5.
PSU and USM each won five bouts against each other, but the Panthers pulled out the win with three pins and a major decision. The three Panthers who won their matches by falls were freshmen Mike Willey (Tewksbury, Mass.) at 157 pounds and Cody Oliverio (Brick, N.J.) at 174 and senior Josh St. Ours (Manchester, N.H./Memorial) at 197. Freshman Dan Bilowus (Hazlet, N.J.) posted a major decision at 197, and junior Fred Wilkinson (Quogue, N.Y.) won his decision at 125.
Roger Williams swept nine of the 10 matches against PSU, with only a forfeit victory by sophomore Pat Cassella (Merrimack, N.H.) at 133 ending up in the Panther win column.
Willey and Bilowus posted their second wins of the day for PSU in the AIC match, and Wilkinson and freshman Jimmy Tarpey (Tewksbury, Mass.) collected forfeit victories.
Willey (8-3), Oliverio (8-4), St. Ours (8-4) and sophomore Dustin Rudy (Iselin, N.J.)(8-5) all share the team lead with eight individual victories on the season at the end of the first semester. Wilkinson (7-5) is one win behind and Bilowus (6-4) is two back.
After a break for final exams and the holidays, PSU opens the second semester of competition on Sunday, Jan. 4, at the Scott Viera Invitational, hosted by Roger Williams in Bristol, R.I.
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