WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. - Sophomore Josh Huber (Hampton, N.H./Winnacunnet) captured the 125-pound championship Tuesday afternoon to lead the Plymouth State University wrestling team to a sixth-place finish at the Williams College Invitational.
PSU had three place-winners in the event and finished sixth out of the eight schools competing. Host Williams had five of the 10 individual champions and won the tournament with 144.5 points. The University of Southern Maine was runner-up with 83, followed by Roger Williams University (75.5), Bridgewater State College (72.5), American International College (68.5), PSU (53.5), Simpson College (32) and Norwich University (31.5).
Huber needed to win just two matches to claim his title. He received a first-round bye as the top seed in the weight class, and posted an 11-1 win over Roger Williams' Jon Lemoine in the semifinals and a 6-2 verdict over #2-seed Josh Mattana of Williams in the final. Huber is ranked fourth in New England at 125 pounds and now has a team-best 12-3 record this season.
Two other Panthers finished third in their weight classes - senior Fred Wilkinson (Quogue, N.Y./Riverhead) at 125 pounds and junior Eric Larcomb (Jefferson, N.H.) at 197. Wilkinson dropped a semifinal bout to Mattana of Williams, who is ranked sixth in New England, but rebounded with two consolation bracket victories to claim third place. Larcomb dropped a semifinal bout to eventual champion Ryan Malo of Williams, the top-ranked wrestler in New England, but also rebounded with two consolation bracket decisions to capture third place. Wilkinson is now 10-3 this season and is second on the team in victories, while Larcomb improved his season mark to 5-3.
Three Panther freshmen won two bouts apiece and finished with 2-2 records in the tournament - Derek Bolduc (Jonesville, Vt.) at 133 pounds, Femi Wheeler (Mamaroneck, N.Y.) at 149, and Seth Carter (Hudson, N.H./Alvirne) at 165.
Plymouth State is back on the mat this Saturday in a tri-meet at Southern Maine (12:00 p.m.)
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