SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - Sophomores Josh Huber (Hampton, N.H./Winnacunnet) and Mike Willey (Tewksbury, Mass.) posted the top finishes for the Plymouth State University wrestling team Saturday as the Panthers placed ninth out of 18 schools at the annual Doug Parker Invitational, hosted by Springfield College.
Huber captured third place in the 125-pound weight class and Willey earned fourth place in the 157-pound division. Huber won six of his seven bouts in the tournament, including four straight in the wrestleback elimination round. Willey finished with a 5-2 record for the day, winning three straight in the wrestlebacks. Huber has a team-best 8-2 record on the season and Willey is tied for second at 6-2.
Williams (136 points) edged Brockport (133.5) for the team title, with Wesleyan (124.5), Springfield (119) and Rhode Island College (111.5) rounding out the top five. The next five included Centenary (N.J.) (92.5), Merchant Marine (91), Roger Williams (77), Plymouth State (71) and Stevens Institute (65).
Plymouth State had five other wrestlers who ended up one win short of finishing in the top six in their weight class. Freshman Femi Wheeler (Mamaroneck, N.Y.) won four straight in the 149-pound wrestlebacks and finished 4-2, and freshman Jesse Bilodeau (Brandon, Vt.) won his first bout at 174 pounds and added three wrestleback wins for a 4-2 mark in the tourney. Freshman Seth Carter (Hudson, N.H./Alvirne) went 3-2 in the 165-pound weight class, and sophomore Jake Gagnon (Manchester, N.H./Memorial) and junior Jake Kniska (Colchester, Conn.) went 3-2 in the 285-pound division.
Senior Fred Wilkinson (Quogue, N.Y./Riverhead) also won three of his four bouts at 125 pounds and finished two wins away from placing, and freshman Pete Bronder (North Berwick, Maine/Noble) recorded three straight pins in the wrestlebacks to finish 3-2 at 141 pounds.
PSU returns to competition on Wednesday, Dec. 2, with a dual meet at Rhode Island College (7:00 p.m.)
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