NORTHFIELD, Vt. - The Plymouth State University wrestling team was a part of history Saturday, participating in the final collegiate wrestling event at Norwich University. Norwich has announced it is discontinuing the sport after this season.
The Panthers celebrated the occasion with two wins in three matches, falling to Williams College in the opener, 36-9, but coming back to defeat Bridgewater State College, 30-22, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 33-13. PSU did not wrestle against Norwich because the two teams had met earlier in the year. The Panthers are now 7-5 in dual matches this season.
Plymouth State managed just two individual wins in the loss to Williams, which is ranked third in New England. Senior Chris Greenwood (Manchester, N.H./West) recorded a decision at 125 pounds and freshman Zac Giovanetti (Northfield, N.J.) pinned his opponent at 184 pounds.
PSU and Bridgewater State each won five bouts against each other, but the Panthers prevailed with four pins and a forfeit while the Bears posted two pins and three decisions. Junior Fred Wilkinson (Quogue, N.Y./Riverhead) at 125, sophomore Kyle Moseley (Hooksett, N.H.) at 184 pounds, senior Josh St. Ours (Manchester, N.H./Memorial) at 197 and freshman Jake Gagnon (Manchester, N.H./Memorial) at 285 were winners by fall for PSU.
Plymouth State received two forfeit wins against MIT and captured five bouts on the mat, including one by fall. Wilkinson, Greenwood and St. Ours each picked up their second win of the day, freshman Mike Willey (Tewksbury, Mass.) pinned his opponent at 157, and freshman Cody Oliverio (Brick, N.J.) earned a decision at 165.
The Panthers will travel to Pennsylvania next weekend for their next matches, competing in a quad meet on Saturday at Gettysburg College (1:00 p.m.)
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