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February 21, 2010

Four PSU Wrestlers earn All-New England honors

(Tournament Results

            SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - Plymouth State University had four wrestlers earn All-New England honors on Sunday and the Panthers finished in ninth place as a team at the New England Wrestling Association's 32nd Annual Championships, hosted by Western New England College.

            Sophomore 157-pounder Mike Willey (Tewksbury, Mass.) and freshman 165-pounder Seth Carter (Hudson, N.H./Alvirne) each captured fourth place in their respective weight class to earn All-New England accolades.  Sophomore 125-pounder Josh Huber (Hampton, N.H./Winnacunnet) and senior 133-pounder Freddie Wilkinson (Quogue, N.Y./Riverhead) each finished in sixth place in their weight class to also receive the final All-New England spots.

            Wilkinson becomes a three-time All-New England selection after placing fifth and sixth at 125 pounds in 2007 and 2008, respectively, and Willey becomes a two-time All-New England honoree after placing fifth at 157 last year.

            Williams College successfully defended its team title, scoring 128.5 points while producing just one individual champion.  Springfield (100.5), Johnson & Wales (95) and Wesleyan (95) were the top contenders but could not knock off the defending champion and pre-meet favorite.  PSU accumulated 42.5 points to finish ninth, trailing eighth-place Roger Williams (46) and just ahead of WNEC (41).

Seth Carter Mike Willey             Willey (near right) received a first-round bye and won his first bout on Saturday, but was defeated in overtime in his next match, 3-2.  Willey earned a backdraw victory but his title run ended with a loss to Carl Breitenstein of Williams.  Willey completes the season with an 18-8 mark and a 41-17 career record.

            Carter (far right) also received a first-round bye in the competition and recorded a victory in his first match.  He went to overtime in his next bout but was defeated by Wesleyan's Josh Berkovic.  Carter defeated a Coast Guard wrestler in the back draw but ended up in fourth place after a loss to Bridgewater State's Ethan Raymond.  Carter wraps up a solid freshman campaign with a 21-12 record.

Josh Huber Freddie Wilkinson             Huber (far left), the top seed at 125, won his first two bouts of the tournament but was upset in his next two to fall out of contention for a title.  The Panther sophomore completes the season with a 27-6 record, which improved his career mark to 39-10. 

            Wilkinson (near left), who wrestled most of his career at 125 pounds, was defeated in the opening round at 133, but rebounded with a pair of backdraw victories to remain alive. He was eliminated with consecutive losses on Sunday, finishing the season with a 21-12 record and completing a successful career with a 73-52 mark.

            Prior to Sunday's night's championship round, PSU head coach Tommy Prairie was introduced as one of the newest members of the NEWA Hall of Fame members.  Prairie is a former three-time First Team All-American wrestler at Williams College.

            Plymouth State completed the dual meet season with a 9-9-1 record, and the ninth-place finish was two spots better than last year's 11th place.

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